Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Prosper, north of Dallas Texas
Finally getting to makeover the 2+1 garage in a house we bought last year.
Custom Garage Works out of Dallas will be doing the floor, then install a 4-post lift (Rotary), after lifting my garage tracks and installing a LiftMaster 8500 wall-mounted drive to open/close the door (2-car). Here are some details:
Floor: Polyaspartic single colour (no granite-like chips, but rather, the flakes are the same colour as the base (silver/blue). I didn't want the multi-colour flakes which are so popular, because I plan on restoring a car there and it's easier to see small fasteners when I drop them if they are against a solid background. These flakes are basically for strength and durability, not decoration. Prep is diamond grinding (the only way to go, really). They guarantee their work and have been around for a good while. It's a 2-day turnaround. They bull-nose the floor opening to the garage as well, and include the stem walls in the coating (about 4 inches vertical). Interestingly, the owner of the company restores Mustangs, and welds/grinds over this type of floor. I'll still use a welding blanket, however. I've already painted the walls high-gloss silver with black trim (also high-gloss). The gloss is for light reflection.
Garage Door: Tracks will be raised to 6-8 inches below the ceiling. Alongside the door, the opener will be mounted to the wall and to the torsion bar, so the normal opener will be deleted. Later, I plan to put up a panel just below the tracks, which will hide the door when raised, and will also provide more light reflection when painted (white gloss). Ceilings are 10 foot. Cars on/under the lift will be the Elise, a Mini, and other smaller vehicles (future). I don't know if I'll go with a single or dual spring (it's single at present), but a dual setup is obviously safer.
Lift: They only deal with Rotary, and it's a good, if expensive, lift. I'm opting for their high-lift model, which is a 9000 lb. unit. This is installed on the second day, and includes drip trays, a sliding jack tray, and a set of casters for moving the thing around. It's 110-volt, as usual in most of these lifts for the home. One problem is that I cannot find bottle jacks for the jack tray that are short enough to fit under the Elise. One thing I'm wanting to do is to use the 4-post and my scales for corner weighting...don't know if this will work yet.
After that will come an 80-gallon air compressor, 22 scfm at 90 psi, plumbed with RapidAir, but the floor has to be done first. The compressor is needed for the media cabinet, mainly, also coming. Getting air in there will be great, but will have to get a couple of 220-volt circuits....that's something I don't know how to do (safely).
Site visit is 25 September, and the work will be done over the next two weeks when they can schedule it. I'll post pics before, during, and after the work. I already have red and stainless peg boards up.
I just wonder what I've forgotten.....There's that nagging feeling. I'll report back on CGW's work.
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[B][I]2005 Lotus Elise, Laser Blue;2003 BMW M5;2005 JCW Mini Cooper Challenge (Race Car; 2007 Champion);2004 Acura (Race Car; 2011-2012 Series Champion);
1974 Lotus Europa TC Special (sold, for marital harmony);1974 BMW Bavaria;1973 BMW 3.0 CS; Wife's Car - 2012 Mini Cooper...