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Old 04-10-2010, 06:47 PM   #2281
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Old 04-11-2010, 10:58 AM   #2282
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You need to post more pictures of your XL project in the XL thread.
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:08 AM   #2283
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What always surprises me is how bad the lighting is in most folks garage/workshops. I have three overheads, plus a few task lights in mine, but I think I need more. Its not as bad in the shops that are finished out and painted, but the ones with raw studs, or unfinished wood absorb so much light, it makes them feel like caves.

I have a barn I'm planning to convert partially into a garage/shop, and the biggest issue I'm looking at is getting enough light.
I put see through polycarb roofing (like a conservatory) on the entire roof of mine - makes a huge difference - you walk in expecting it to be dark and dingy and its daylight inside - great!
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Old 04-13-2010, 08:40 AM   #2284
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I put see through polycarb roofing (like a conservatory) on the entire roof of mine - makes a huge difference - you walk in expecting it to be dark and dingy and its daylight inside - great!
The transparent polycarb roofing is a great way to let in light and heat. Here in Texas I try to keep the heat out of the structure. I've used the cheap
florescent fixtures in my garage. Windows are also a plus, but they eat up valuable wall space and let people see into your cave. I'm planning on using some film from home depot to give some privacy without blocking the light.
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Old 04-13-2010, 07:26 PM   #2285
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I'm planning on using some film from home depot to give some privacy without blocking the light.
I've got 50% bronze tint on my garage windows (including doors), lets in plenty of light and keeps anyone from being able to see in during the day (or at night if the lights are off). Looks good too. If you want to spend the $$$$ I'm sure that there is a "security" film that will tint 50%.
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Old 04-13-2010, 09:57 PM   #2286
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I've got 50% bronze tint on my garage windows (including doors), lets in plenty of light and keeps anyone from being able to see in during the day (or at night if the lights are off). Looks good too. If you want to spend the $$$$ I'm sure that there is a "security" film that will tint 50%.
My windows in the garage are arched on the top. The window treatment person I used asked if wanted to get plantation shutters on my garage windows. I had just purchased some for the arched topped windows in my study and my wallet was still sore about that - no way was I going to drop that kind of coin for garage windows. Who spends that kind of money on plantation shutters for the garage? Well I started paying more attention to the houses around me and apparently most of my neighbors do.

Compared to plantation shutters, I could have the nicest window tint in the world installed on those windows and be saving money.

I joked that I was going to paint a scene of a clean organized garage on the windows so it looked like my garage was clean all the time.
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Old 04-15-2010, 12:34 PM   #2287
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The other thing I get every time I travel outside the US, is 'You can't be American. You aren't fat.'

Okay, I'm US and live in Italy. Went back for the first time in several years this past January. First thing I said to my wife on skype, "You won't believe how many really fat people there are now."

It's sad, really.

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Old 04-15-2010, 01:29 PM   #2288
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Okay, I'm US and live in Italy. Went back for the first time in several years this past January. First thing I said to my wife on skype, "You won't believe how many really fat people there are now."

It's sad, really.

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No surprise here. I think Americans are fat for several reasons:

1 - A culture that seems to value quantity over quality. We have lots of cheap food buffets here. I think you see less of that outside of the US.

2 - Government crop policies that encourage the growth of grains and sugars (affordable grains make cattle, chicken, etc cheaper to grow). The result of this policy is foods with lots of sugars and fats are quite reasonable here while green veggies cost much more. Consequently you can get a $0.99 burger at the fast food place (supersize that for only $0.50 more!), but a salad would cost you $5 or 6 (and with the dressing its still not good for you). While I think we as Americans need to control a reasonable amount of our food supply (and these policies do help keep those crops growing here) it would be nice to see some healthier alternatives get some help.

3 - Risk adverseness means less exercise. You can't let your kids play outside anymore or you're an irresponsible parent. However, its fine to let them play 4 or 5 hours of video games with the bag of corn chips. I've all sorts of complete strangers warn me of the dangers of riding a motorcycle or bicycle. I've never once had anyone tell me that spending 3 hours watching the game in a bar with your friends is dangerous. The upshot - your safest sitting at home watching TV instead of being out there and doing just about anything. I argue its better to get hurt living then to live your life in front of the TV watching others do the living.

However, I think this Amercian lifestyle is being exported quite successfully to the rest of the globe. So, pretty soon every place is going to have fat people.

So, in those garage refrigs, lets stock some healthy snacks in with the quality beer...
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:54 PM   #2289
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No surprise here. I think Americans are fat for several reasons:

1 - A culture that seems to value quantity over quality. We have lots of cheap food buffets here. I think you see less of that outside of the US.

2 - Government crop policies that encourage the growth of grains and sugars (affordable grains make cattle, chicken, etc cheaper to grow). The result of this policy is foods with lots of sugars and fats are quite reasonable here while green veggies cost much more. Consequently you can get a $0.99 burger at the fast food place (supersize that for only $0.50 more!), but a salad would cost you $5 or 6 (and with the dressing its still not good for you). While I think we as Americans need to control a reasonable amount of our food supply (and these policies do help keep those crops growing here) it would be nice to see some healthier alternatives get some help.

3 - Risk adverseness means less exercise. You can't let your kids play outside anymore or you're an irresponsible parent. However, its fine to let them play 4 or 5 hours of video games with the bag of corn chips. I've all sorts of complete strangers warn me of the dangers of riding a motorcycle or bicycle. I've never once had anyone tell me that spending 3 hours watching the game in a bar with your friends is dangerous. The upshot - your safest sitting at home watching TV instead of being out there and doing just about anything. I argue its better to get hurt living then to live your life in front of the TV watching others do the living.

However, I think this Amercian lifestyle is being exported quite successfully to the rest of the globe. So, pretty soon every place is going to have fat people.

So, in those garage refrigs, lets stock some healthy snacks in with the quality beer...
And here I got excited when I saw new posts in this thread, expecting to come in and see pictures of somebody's workspace...
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:15 AM   #2290
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However, I think this Amercian lifestyle is being exported quite successfully to the rest of the globe. So, pretty soon every place is going to have fat people.
It is a really sad trend, one only has to look at the child obesity studies from around the globe.
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:44 AM   #2291
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Well, I guess that depends on where you live. My kids practically live outside, summer and winter alike.
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Old 04-16-2010, 04:12 AM   #2292
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And here I got excited when I saw new posts in this thread, expecting to come in and see pictures of somebody's workspace...
+1 I'm with you on this.
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Old 04-16-2010, 04:56 AM   #2293
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Whats this got to do with "MAN CASTLES"
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Old 04-16-2010, 05:03 AM   #2294
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I'm trying to decide if I want to put in a small overhead/roll-up door in the wall straight out from the camera's perspective. The thought being that it would allow me to get bikes in and out without needing to move the cars. Also, in the winter it would allow whatever we end up getting for snow removal to get right out the door without needing to back a car out into fresh snow just to get something out to clear the driveway.
Go with a normal sectional Overhead style door, most of the cheap roll up door available are cheap, pop can material, with no insulation value and terrible seals (think storage unit doors) besides it looks like you have an insulated door on the front, and if you are goin to insulate the whole garage it would be a shame to lost so much of your heat through a cheap door. In other words, get the best door you can afford, it'll pay for itself in the longrun.

btw, go to an actual door dealer, they can get you anysize door you want, you will be severely limited in sizes and quality at the home center.
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Old 04-16-2010, 05:12 AM   #2295
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Whats this got to do with "MAN CASTLES"
More like "White Castles."
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