The garage is the second home for car enthusiasts. This building serves not only to shelter a car in bad weather, but also a place to store all kinds of tools, often the owner’s “mini-workshop” where you can make almost any repairs. Each owner equips his garage for themselves. Some do not take very seriously the equipment of the room, and it begins to bring more problems than good. But still, most motorists are trying to adhere to certain requirements that are important to fulfill for more convenient maintenance of your car. So, arranging a garage with your own hands requires compliance with certain requirements.
How to locate tools in the garage
Arrangement of garage space implies that there will be quite warm and dry.
Your car should not freeze through even in very cold weather. If possible, you can provide a quick warm-up garage.
It is very important to reliably protect the room from unauthorized access. When setting up your garage, remember that access to tools or equipment that will be located in the garage should be as convenient and simple as possible. Therefore, it is better to think in advance about the location of the storage sites.
In general, this is only the minimum requirements that it is desirable to take into account for your own comfort. You can also optionally add and equip the garage with additional funds for the repair and maintenance of your car. A workbench with tools and a viewing pit can be a great addition to the room equipment.
Shelving with a ceiling
For maximum comfort arrangement of the garage requires quite a lot of space, and this is often a problem. Storage of working tools and equipment also takes up quite a lot of space. Therefore, when independently arranging the garage, try to adapt as much space as possible to the shelves or cabinets, but so that they do not interfere with the free movement around the room. Shelves can be hung anywhere where you will not cling or bump for them, above tables, windows, shelves, and so on.
The distance to the machine when hanging shelves on each side must be at least 1 meter.
Arrangement of a garage in the corner area
It is often convenient to equip a variety of shelves and equipment the wall that is farthest from the gate. It is there that have the main working tools, compressor, workbench, and more. Everything is at hand and does not interfere with moving around the room.
A large number of shelves in the garage is a big plus, but you should also think about a small locker where you could hang up working clothes and fold up some rags.
The layout of the inspection pit
Question about availability or the absence of a viewing pit is rather individual. First you need to decide how high the need for arranging such a well is. There is no point in its equipment, if you often use the overpass on the street.
If you decide that you need such a pit, then we must bear in mind that the walls and the bottom must be concreted. The edges of the pits should be reinforced with iron corners. It is also worth considering what and how you will close the inspection pit during its non-use.
A drainage hole is needed in the corner of the pit; all water that has accidentally got down will be collected in it. The well must be made of such a size that it would be convenient to extract the accumulated water from it. To accidentally during the repair of the car does not step foot in the hole, it must be covered with a grid.
Small equipment can be placed in the pit, which can be useful for repairs, niches can be prudently made in the walls so that it is convenient to put the used tool. Also take care of the illumination of the viewing pit, install a lamp or equip a place for a portable lamp.
For a normal wheel change or a disk change, the most common work under the hood of a car is enough for a standard set of tools and a jack. But to perform more complex work - you need special equipment.
Workbench with toolboxes
Best for making a workbench use wood and metal. The work area is best covered with a piece of metal, protecting the tree from rapid wear. The workbench is better to do in two or three levels in order to arrange as many necessary things as possible.
For a routine body repair, you will only need a welding machine with either tungsten electrodes that are in a protective gas or carbon dioxide machine that welds metal wire.
Such an apparatus is used to clean the air from vapors, oil droplets, water, and other small particles that may be present in it. This is a very convenient device used when painting cars, and contributing to the uniform distribution of paint on metal.
Of course, this is not a professional car wash. And just about the one that everyone can equip in his garage. To do this, you just need to bring a hose or pipe to supply water to the garage and make a drain into the sewer. At the same time, remember that wiring and lighting will need more careful protection.
Ventilation in the garage scheme
It is very important to create high-quality ventilation in the garage, it will not only save the room from unpleasant and harmful odors, but also protect it from the formation of dampness and excessive dustiness.
Vents are usually made on both sides of the gate at a small height and covered with grills. The same holes are made on the opposite wall, but already under the ceiling.
Overhead lighting of the garage
Of course, the best lighting is natural, so you should think about it if you can about the presence of a window. If this is not possible, then make a few areas of illumination: above the working area, general and portable, which can highlight the most necessary.
Using our tips and tricks for independent equipment of the premises under the garage, you can get an excellent and convenient space to service your car.
An example of the arrangement of the garage inside, you can see below:
Concrete inspection pit
Shelves from the profile
Shelf for instruments with an illumination lamp
Arrangement of the viewing pit
Construction of a two-car garage
General lighting in the garage
Metal workbench with drawers
Staircase to the viewing pit
Wooden shelves with a metal frame
Also for the garage you will need to buy metal cabinets for tools, racks, benches and other garage equipment that fits into the interior of the garage.