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Old 01-08-2013, 07:33 AM   #1
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FOR COLES NOTES TO THREAD PAGES SEE BELOW


Hello Everyone

Well first off i want to say how happy I am to have found this site. I frequent several car forums on a daily basis, with a special focus on euro cars. While cars have always been my focus, the vision of having an ultimate garage has always been an end goal of mine. My current set-up that I'm living in is a condo/garden home type unit with our own garage which was key in my decision to acquire this model. We started the process when i was 26 and we have been in it for about 4 years at this point. This is my first garage, along with my first home so it was a great step for me thus far. I don't have a lot of pics of the garage before the project started as i never intended to fix it up at all and i was more focused on my cars.

The winter has done wonders in giving me time for this project. Spring/Summer and fall i generally focus all my extra time on my dubs.

Here's an early pic before i got possession. The garage is 10' x 19'


I guess the first thing i attacked initially was installing a garage door opener with my father in law a couple years ago. Man was that a pain in the ass as there are 3 different ceiling heights in there and no wooden studs that we could tie into. Anyway lol...

This was my initial permanent set-up before finding this forum; functional and simple This site has influenced me tremendously with a ton of great ideas.






This was functional and lasted a couple of years. It also cost me next to nothing as everything was hand-me-downs.

I really wanted to clean up, get more light in there as well as organize it a little better. I can really relate to the members that I've read who also share the same trait of often sitting or standing in the garage and staring. Losing yourself in visions of possible efficiencies and style changes. It's a sickness...

Brief Coles notes of garage "milestones":

HUSKY PRODUCTS / ABOVE RAIL SHELF / TRIM PAINT------------PAGE 6
"FINISHED" PICS BEFORE RACE DECK-------------------------------PAGE 8
RACE DECK FREE FLOW INSTALLED----------------------------------PAGE 12
CRAFTSMAN CABINET / STOOLS-------------------------------------PAGE 14
WALL RE-ORG / TV-----------------------------------------------------PAGE 17
PICS WITH DUBS-------------------------------------------------------PAGE 18
UPDATED OVERALL GARAGE PICS------------------------------------PAGE 24
FULL PROJECT MODE PICS--------------------------------------------PAGE 47
RACE DECK CLEANING-------------------------------------------------PAGE 48
HOME LISTING PICS----------------------------------------------------PAGE 50
'dubber's double' FIRST PICS------------------------------------------PAGE 54
LINK TO 'dubber's double'----------------------------------------------PAGE 56

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Old 01-08-2013, 07:38 AM   #2
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Since joining I've done a couple reorganization spurts along with installing some newer hand-me-down shelving. Also picked up a sweet little tool box for uber cheap. I should have been taking more pictures throughout but hindsight is what it is. Didn't think i would end up doing as much and then creating a thread. Initially i was just overjoyed with finding this site as its been a great reference center.


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This past weekend i decided to start painting. I really want it to feel clean and open, and with it being so tight, that meant lots of light and white paint. Man oh man did the builders do a hack job with the drywall and mudding in there. I could have spent much more time in the prep process then i did but I'm happy with it thus far. Only ended up plugging some holes that i had made and some light sanding for the extra blobs of fill they had.

Here's a quick before and after shot. Took everything down from the wall and got to work.








My plan is to paint all the walls and then do the floor in the spring before i get my "Sunday Driver" in there permanently. My current thought for the floor is a slate grey using the Behr cement floor paint/epoxy.

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Old 01-08-2013, 07:46 AM   #4
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Decided that i should shuffle the new tool box over a bit and move the jack over to the other side and change its orientation. Helps with removing, and loading things onto the shelves and the zen of the corner Also hung a pic of my baby.


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Another project I've been working on this week is adding some lighting. I'm no electrician nor do i want to get some hard wiring done at this point so i was looking for some permanent plug in solutions. I found an awesome answer for my calling, a diamond plate 4' utility shop light. I installed it in darkest section, which is closest to the garage door. Since i have three ceiling heights and only one bulb, which is installed on the lowest and closest to the entrance to our place the back as a result is very dark.




http://www.homedepot.ca/product/4-di...k-light/972629





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Old 01-08-2013, 08:41 AM   #6
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Aw man, a picture of a Mk. IV water-pumper So where's the car?
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:47 AM   #7
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Haha, thats right eh, hadn't posted any with the queen (as i refer to her). Its a 2004.5 VW GLI which is technically the 20th anniversary of the GLI model.

Here's a few pics a buddy took before it went into storage for the winter.








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Toby I agree..... i will go one step further... its not a VW unless it has a aircooled motor lol
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Man oh man did the builders to a hack job with the drywall and mudding in there.
Same here. It's frustrating how little care went into the craftsmanship and finishing of my garage. A LOT of time was spent by me fixing up builder shortcomings. I'm in the process of cleaning up drywall issues that I shouldn't have to worry about. Oh well, them's the breaks, I guess. Your place is coming along nicely. It is amazing what a coat of paint does to spruce up the appearance of a garage. Keep it up!
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Not sure what's going on with my posts but i have a couple delayed as they need to be approved my moderators. Maybe because I'm new?
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Never had that happen to me?
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:51 AM   #12
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Ah, weird, working now...So i installed some lights as well this week. You know how it goes, start with one and then your adding several. Much happier now though.

Found these Diamond plate shop lights... Added one to the darkest back section of the garage as i have three different garage ceiling heights

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Last night i picked up another of the same light to install at the front and i grabbed a new light for the single bulb which has a plug into it. This way i can tie the next light into the main bulb and both turn on when i hit the main light switch.



Compared to before i feel like i'm now a mad scientist in a lab. Love it.

Also picked up some caulking and started working on all the trim above the garage door. Big mess up there of unfinished odds and ends. This will be an ongoing portion of my project I forsee.

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Last night i picked up another of the same light to install at the front and i grabbed a new light for the single bulb which has a plug into it. This way i can tie the next light into the main bulb and both turn on when i hit the main light switch.



Compared to before i feel like i'm now a mad scientist in a lab. Love it.

Also picked up some caulking and started working on all the trim above the garage door. Big mess up their of unfinished odds and ends. This will be an ongoing portion of my project.
What are those storage bag looking things on the wall? A link would be great! Looks like you might be using yours for the same thing but throwing all my used detailing microfiber cloths in one might be useful.
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@ Mr. Roboto- Good eye those things are incredibly useful. They are extremely deceiving in their capacity. The one of the left has two large sleeping bags, two foam roll out pads, a smaller sleeping bag and a few other misc items just as a reference. They are made by Case Logic and i picked them up at a discount retailer a couple of years ago for $3.00 each. They must have been discontinued.
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I haven't mentioned but my favorite part of the garage is my sticker bomb shoe box. This is an old wooden box i've had since i was a small kid and i decided to re-purpose it.



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Hey, dubber:

Nice single you've got there, and I like the ride, too!!! Man, you have done exactly what I did years ago; you've got a WorkMate in your garage. They're actually extremely handy and make a great portable workbench!!

Oh, and by the way, that's a seriously cute little pupster you've got there!!!!
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Hey, dubber:

Nice single you've got there, and I like the ride, too!!! Man, you have done exactly what I did years ago; you've got a WorkMate in your garage. They're actually extremely handy and make a great portable workbench!!

Oh, and by the way, that's a seriously cute little pupster you've got there!!!!
Thanks! Gotta say i really loved checking out your space.

That little workmate is incredibly handy for sure, X-mas gift from my father-in-law a few years ago. I've stashed it along with a few extra things in our mudroom/laundry room on the other side of the door but it often gets pulled out and put into action.

We've had a spring like day out here today and i took advantage by washing the GOLF outside on the driveway. While i was in a place of bliss my wife was out walking the pup, obviously with this nice weather comes tons of puddles and with a dog we all know what that means. This obviously meant that Sasha was headed straight to the bath. I was laughing hearing my wife swear as Sash HATES the bath.

I recently picked up a DSLR and here are a couple of my first pics while i was fiddling with the settings.



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Dubber,
I am still scrolling through your 43 pages. I'm only on 11. I took today and decided on the layout. And now I just need some lumber. Lucky for me I bought my house in a new development. So next week I get free 2x4s that are left over. I will add the photos I took today and upload them later.
But for now I am attaching a photo of my game room.
I grew up surfing in San Diego. But we had a mall that had an Ice Rink. I was hooked like at 4yo.
I would like to take this opportunity to Thank your countrymen for inventing the best team sport ever. And when I retire I plan on having enough land to have flood out for some pond hockey.
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absolutely love your garage


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Ha ha I do forget that this is a yank site sometimes
And the fact I go on 3/4 different forums might confuse me

I will refrase

How's about hanging a small electric radiator on the wall, to take the nip out of the cold winter air!
Yea the little heater is definitely a necessity.

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I am still scrolling through your 43 pages. I'm only on 11. I took today and decided on the layout. And now I just need some lumber. Lucky for me I bought my house in a new development. So next week I get free 2x4s that are left over. I will add the photos I took today and upload them later.
But for now I am attaching a photo of my game room.
I grew up surfing in San Diego. But we had a mall that had an Ice Rink. I was hooked like at 4yo.
I would like to take this opportunity to Thank your countrymen for inventing the best team sport ever. And when I retire I plan on having enough land to have flood out for some pond hockey.
Your definitely a trooper forging through all the 43 pages. Very kind of you. Ill definitely be keeping tabs on your thread. Hockey is definitely in all of our blood, my pops started me off when i was only about 5.
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