Building a basement man cave, what are the risks.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Parx400, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. Dave in Wi

    Dave in Wi Long timer

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    Gas or electric? If they are gas, I wouldn't keep gas in the bikes. A leaky petcock & carb needle valve could be a problem. Gasoline vapors are heavier than air and collect on the floor, right where the gas pilot and burner are. I've seen water heaters installed in garages in warmer climates up on 12-18 inch platforms for this reason.
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  2. Parx400

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    They are gas. Both are far away from the shop area, not even in the same room and are at least 12 inches higher than the shop floor area.

    We got the house and I have started working on the back area that is already 7 feet tall. Turns out there was a slab under the carpet that has a few holes in it. I filled those and scrapped off all the old tiles.

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  3. Parx400

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    I found some old counter tops to use for work benches.

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  4. rgoers

    rgoers Been here awhile

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    Personally, I'd look for a house that better meets your needs... something with a garage and/or a real basement.

    When I started looking for a house about a year ago, I had "3 car garage" on my short list. That cut my options by about 75% and prolonged the house-hunting process (probably) by several months. However, in the end; I got over 1200 SF of garage space with a double and a single roll-up door, and 12' ceilings. I even have it plumbed for a sink!!! I also ended up with a "basement" at ground level, where I could (if I wanted to) ride my bike inside from the back patio (not even a step there - flat even).
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