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Old 12/06/2020, 05:03 PM   #1
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Location: Weeping Water, NE.
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My Garage
New Shop Space

I have wanted a lift in the shop for years, as most of you know it does not get any easier getting up and down as you get older. With my current car projects finished and no shows to attend I decided it was time for a lift bay. I added a 16 X 30 to the end of our shop that has 10 foot side walls with a cathedral trusses that gives me a 15 foot height at the peak. That should be plenty of height for the cars I work on. I am using a PTACH through the wall HAVC system that way the new bay will be isolated from the dusty wood working part of the shop.

I traded some work for some hydronic solar panels 20 years ago and have never used them. I thought the new bay would be a great opportunity make use of them. I put 500 feet of hydronic tubing in the concrete floor with 1 1/2 Styrofoam under it. That should be a great way to capture some free heat and keep it over night plus it will be great working on a heated floor

After working most of the summer the new shop space is done. It is so great to have the lift in a warm and cool clean space. The solar heating is working great. On a good sunny day the floor will heat to 85 degrees and will only fall to around 70 over night. It is not quite as good right now with the shorter days with only about 6 hours of heating. But you can not beat free heat.

Tari says I already have my Christmas gift for this year.
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