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Old 12-19-2007, 09:55 AM   #1
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Buying a house

Inspired by SPDSNYPR's thread, I decided I would tell you guys about the house I am trying to buy. We have already inspected it and a contract is in place, just waiting for the mortgage company to say yes on the final approval.

It is a small ranch 3 bed and 1 bath only about 1040 square feet. BUt the thing that rocks is the 4 1/2 car garage. Lots of room to build jeep and help dad restore the 79 T/A he just bought.

So need suggestions on equipping the garage. I know i want a welder.. but what kind? Which air compressors do you guys like?

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Old 12-19-2007, 10:17 AM   #2
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Best of luck man!!!!

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Congrats, Now I'll have garage envy when I stand in my 1 car (10ftx20ft) garage.

Your mentioning the Trans Am made me remember a craigslist posting for some T/A rims. They are from a 77 though. Here is the link for you.
http://charleston.craigslist.org/pts/513658183.html
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Old 12-19-2007, 10:38 AM   #4
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Good luck.

I used to work on a ship yard and the best Welding machines or the owner's preference was Miller & Lincoln
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Old 12-19-2007, 11:44 AM   #5
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Good luck Walker! I'd bring a nice bottle of Pappy's 23yo for the house warming but after spending that kind of cash on a bottle and going all the way up there to deliver it I may as well move in because I won't be welcomed back down here.
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Old 12-19-2007, 12:14 PM   #6
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Congrats and good luck.

Equipment:

- A 2 stage compressor is mandatory.
- Lincoln wire feed welder and a plasma cutter is real nice.
- Large sink.
- Drill press.
- Entertainment system (TV and a stereo)
- Heater (electric or hot air preferred) Propane and kerosene can be a potential hazard.
- Track lighting everywhere. You can never have enough light.
- Work bench that can handle an engine block. Build it yourself, that's the only way!
- Shelving anywhere can you put it.
- Large fire extinguisher and a first aid kit.
- shop phone.
- security system.
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Add 'frige to that list.
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My bad...

How could I forget my rinky - college sized - can only fit a case - save my ass on the weekend - fridge?

Please forgive my indiscretion.
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Add Beer to that fridge.
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[QUOTE="MOz"]Congrats and good luck.

Equipment:

- A 2 stage compressor is mandatory.


Why is a 2 stage compressor so necessary? I am currently shopping for a good compressor to periodically run air tools and such. I know nothing about compressors and do not want to spend a fortune.
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I copied this from another site:

A single stage compressor gets all its compression in one cylinder stroke. This is pretty common on most small compressors.

A two stage compressor, has one cylinder that compresses the air part-way, and sends it to the next cylinder, which does the final compression. So, its two strokes, instead of one... easier on the motor or engine.

All heavy duty industrial air compressors are at least 2 stage... and I mean BIG compressors.

Most 2 stage compressors can keep up with 'constant demand' better than single stage compressors. If you are going to run an impact wrench... get a 2 stage... if you only need a compressor for occasional use, or for a nail gun... a single stage will do the trick, and cost less.
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I have a single stage compressor with a 60 gal tank. It keeps up with what I need it to. Whizzer wheel, impact gun. air ratchet. For a home shop it does the job. But if I couldve had a 2 stage for the price i paid for y 1. there would have been no question about it.
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Look to see if there is a 220 hookup, if so get a 220 welder. It will be cheaper electrically to run and provide better welds more quickly. The big names are pretty comparable, you'll find Miller and Lincoln guys same as Ford & Chevy. Personally I prefer a Snap-on MM250 (240V) or MM140 (120V), sometimes you can find deals on all of em on Craigslist. That is where I would find one. There isn't a whole lot to go bad in a good welder. I would steer clear of "suitcase" welders if I intended any heavy/constant use, although there are a couple decent ones. The Clarke 6000 can be found at a decent price for what it is usually.

Plasma cutters are the coolest tool in a mechanics shop. Most can get along without one, but why?

As said, it cannot ever be bright enough.

Loud enough sound system to drown out the obscenities.

Remember to consider the cfm ratings of air compressors. The bigger cfm, the more it can handle. The bigger the tank, the longer in between recharges.
A little about them:
Pancake compressors are small (<3G, .3-2hp) and portable, great for nail guns or off site quick use. Not much else, imo.
Mobile compressors are usually <2.5hp and have a 5-30 gallon tank. These are OK for occasional use, but if used daily, for prolonged periods, or for extreme use (high cfm/duty cycle) they will usually be found lacking.
Most (if not all) of the above are 120V single stage. Here, too, if you have 220 things get neater.
Standup or vertical compressors (yes, some are horizontal) are usually 50+ gallon and 5+hp, 2 stage, and 220V. They make more cfm, hold more air, and cycle less (82 or more db in a garage in winter is VERY loud) - plus can be had for less than 1k$
http://www.harborfreight.com/air-too...sor-93274.html
Or a little more for a little better
https://m.northerntool.com/northernt...ductName=false
Many more models exist, I just use those for examples. HD has Ingersal Rand for 1400$, some other brands a little less. They also make verticle compressors that are single stage, which perform great, just not as efficiently, but they usually cost a bit less. Another good note, if you bolt it (through rubber) to the floor, it becomes much harder to run off with in the night. If you run hard lines for multiple hook in spots or multiple tool use, remember to make everything so that the water will drain down, not get trapped. For instance, invert all the Ts, so the water feeds back to the tank instead of to the tool. Assuming you drain your tank regularly, it will be better for the system.

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OMG,buying a house.I just bought a house out in the country,also with a sweet garage & it was the most stressful thing Ive done.

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