Let's see your Man Castle

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by AZcacti, Mar 13, 2007.

  1. C-Stain

    C-Stain Accredited Nincompoop

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    I didn't do the electrical. The electrical was done by the previous owner and it turns out it was a faulty outlet. Turns out, outlets wear out over time. The one that went was one of my more commonly used ones. I was lucky enough to "assist" in the investigation with the Fire Chief. (I've done many of the Fire Investigation Courses). The seat of the fire appeared to be a short in the outlet. Fire travelled up the wall behind the insulation and may have been smouldering for days. (I'd had something plugged in there a day or two before the fire day)

    Luckily, no one was injured and our home wasn't damaged. All pets were safe and accounted for.

    Wish I could say the same for my F800GS. Live and learn.
  2. thechickencow

    thechickencow Been here awhile

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  3. MikeinEugene

    MikeinEugene Long timer

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    Ouch on the garage/shop fire :baldy Sorry to see/hear about it.

    2nd one I've seen recently & enough to light a fire (so to speak) under my ass to inventory/document what I've got for tools/toys/etc in my garage. I've never done any sort of inventory for insurance purposes.

    That'd be the first step to making sure we've got enough coverage I suppose :deal
  4. kfsinc

    kfsinc Chaingolian Observer

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    Good point on outlets going bad. Especially ones exposed to wide swings in temperature or that have multiple type of wire i.e. Copper and Aluminum. The expansion/contraction tends to loosen the fittings and cause small shorts that grow into big fires if undetected. Had a similar problem here, but luckily my wife caught it early enough.

    Wouldn't hurt to take some time open them up and retighten connections.

    Glad everyone is OK!!
  5. kfsinc

    kfsinc Chaingolian Observer

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    Gladiators are outstanding, but expensive. I like those above, wonder what brand?

    Craigslist and other sites often have commercial grade stuff at pennies on the dollar.

    Not sure of your climate, but heat/cold/snow/salt/humidity can turn nice stuff bad in a few years.
  6. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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    RIP stain's garage...

    At work the insurance company takes a thermal imaging camera of all the electrical panels to look for hot spots then we make repairs.

    Seems like a good idea anywhere. We still have electrical fires about once or twice a year, smaller ones.
  7. thechickencow

    thechickencow Been here awhile

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    Those were wood - I'm holding off for now, going to watch CL for a while, maybe pick up some higher grade stuff for a deal.
  8. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    That's what I was going to recommend too, but I was beaten to the punch. If you have time to wait and look you can find some great deals on serious industrial-grade shop cabinets, shelves, and workbenches.
  9. Camarodude

    Camarodude Been here awhile

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    In the past as we would remodel room by room, we would replace the outlets/switches. Just did it to clean stuff up, make the room "new".
    Now the current house we are in, the wif doesn't think we need to replace them. Now she'll be reading this thread (except for my post :D), and I have an excuse to replace them.
  10. Camarodude

    Camarodude Been here awhile

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    Sorry bro, that sucks. Cant wait to see pics of the rebuild. Bet it will sweet, it looked it was before.
  11. Jack90210

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    I have several of the Samson cabinets listed here on this McMaster-Carr catalog page (click on "Heavy Duty Full-Height Shelf Cabinets"). Price is reasonable compared to StrongHold etc. and they are much more durable than big-box storage options (or the type of steel cabinet that ships knocked-down, several of which I also have).
  12. Jack90210

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    Found some pics, might have posted these once before, can't remember. :1drink Hope it helps.

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  13. Jack90210

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  14. UnsureFooting

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  15. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    This thread needs a bump. My garage holds 7 moto bikes, numerous bicycles. Not a good picture - BUMP

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  16. mr_magicfingers

    mr_magicfingers Adventurer

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    This is my old man castle, it's a big shed built over an old cattle byre. It needed some serious work doing to it, plus my fiancee wanted a proper craft studio.

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    So we decided what we really needed was to make some decent improvements. This is stage 1 :D

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    We're building a 60x40' workshop, split into two 20x40 workshop spaces, a millinery/craft space for her and a woodwork and other crafts for me plus a 20x20 dry store and a 20x20 garage workshop to keep the bikes and do the 'dirty' mechanicking type stuff.

    Foundations start work in a couple of weeks. It'll be brick built, heavily insulated and with underfloor heating in the two main workshop spaces, lots of big windows and an I beam across the roof of the garage space to hook hoists etc to.

    More pics as it progresses.
  17. Rob Farmer

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    I'm a bit more crowded than that. 9fy by 16ft

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  19. atokad

    atokad wan⋅der⋅lust

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    Is this your personal garage?? Looks like a shop for WyoTech. :eek1
  20. atokad

    atokad wan⋅der⋅lust

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    Love my Gladiator Gear. You can see it here.... http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=6705540&postcount=530

    I got the three rolling cabinets and the tall gear locker at Lowes and the hanging wall cabinet on CL. Lowes dealt on the prices with me. The one I bought at (has been 5 years) would deal on prices as the sales people are on commission, same for a set of Frigidaire appliances I bought there.

    The Gear Track on the wall was a steal. They had it as "returned" merchandise, reg. $99 for two 8 ft long sections (forget, maybe 10" wide) marked down to $69 and then $44. He asked if I wanted to buy it and I said sure if you go another 50% off, he asked, will you take it all? I said yet, for $22 a box a will. Walked out with 8 boxes of it!

    Lucky find, but I do like it. Garage is set up so that the only thing that touches the floor or things on wheels, so easy to clean. Notice that I even have a 2 1/2 ton floor jack hanging from the Gear Wall Track, and that things is heavy!