How to Design, Build & Equip Your Automotive Workshop on a Budget
How to Design, Build & Equip Your Automotive Workshop on a Budget

How to Design, Build & Equip Your Automotive Workshop on a Budget

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How to Design, Build & Equip Your Automotive Workshop on a Budget
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How to Design, Build and Equip Your Automotive Workshop on a Budget provides the necessary information as the hobbyist considers various tools, designs, installations, and products available for their automotive workspace. Many of the ideas presented for workbenches and storage can be implemented at low cost, or even for free if you're extra resourceful. There are step-by-step instructions for the most essential and practical procedures, including basic electrical wiring sufficient to connect up bank of lights, a compressor, a welder circuit as well as a procedure for routing power from your household electrical service panel and plumbing basic shop fixtures.
Most enthusiasts have a limited amount of car space and an even more limited budget, so they must make good use of the space and money available. This book is designed to help the practical hobbyist mechanic make the most of any available space, balancing looks and functionality, while staying within almost any budget.


Chapter 1: Planning your Workspace
  • Playing it Safe
  • Necessary Tools to Get Started
  • Take Stock of Your Space 
  • Develop a Floor Plan
  • Plan for Features 
  • Develop a Scheduled Budget
  • Build a Whole New Workshop
Chapter 2: Walls and Floors
  • Wall Covering
  • Floor Covering
  • Windows and Skylights
Chapter 3: Electricity and Lights
  • Installing Electricity
  • Electrical Permits and Inspections
  • How Much Power Do You Need?
  • Installing a New Meter and Main Breaker Panel
  • Installing a Subpanel
  • Selecting Wire, Breakers and Outlets
  • Project: Install a 120 Using Hard Metal Conduit
  • Project: Install a 120 Using Romex Non-Metallic Cable
  • Project: Install a 240 Using Flexible Metal-Clad Cable
  • Lighting Your Workshop
  • Project: Install Fluorescent Lights
  • Garage Door Opener
Chapter 4: Water and Heat
  • Installing Plumbing
  • Project: Install a Fresh Water Supply
  • Project: Install a Wash Basin
  • Project: Install a Water Heater
  • Project: Install a Dishwasher 
  • Heating Your Workshop
  • Providing Ventilation
Chapter 5: Compressed Air and Welding
  • Installing Compressed Air 
  • Project: Install, Wire and Plumb a Compressor
  • Building a Paint Booth
  • Project: Create a Full-Size Paint Booth
  • Project: Create a Benchtop Spray-Painting Box
  • Setting Up Your Shop for Welding 
  • Welding Safety
  • Welding Supplies
  • Preparing to Weld 
  • Welding Accessories 
  • Project: Build a Welding Table
Chapter 6: Create and Organize Storage Space
  • Installing Cabinets and Shelves
  • Project: Build Heavy-Duty Wood Shelves
  • Project: Build Lightweight Wood Shelves
  • Storing Wheels and Tires
  • Project: Build a Low-Cost Tire Rack
  • Workbenches
  • Project: Build a Low-Cost Heavy-Duty Workbench
  • Using Attic and Rafter Space
Chapter 7: Automotive Tools
  • A Word about Renting
  • Safety Gear 
  • Toolboxes
  • Hand Tools
  • Free-Standing and Bench-Mounted Tools
  • Automotive Bodyworking Tools 
  • Engine Tools
  • Automotive Electrical Tools
  • Miscellaneous Automotive Tools
Chapter 8: Hoists, Cranes and Lifts
  • Ceiling-Mounted Hoists
  • Portable Cranes
  • Portable Lifts
  • Fixed Lifts
Chapter 9: Human Amenities 
  • Do You Need a Bathroom? 
  • Keeping Mice Away 
  • Shop Furniture
  • Fun Stuff
  • Project: Outfit Your Workshop
Publisher: CarTech Books/SA Design
Paperback: 144 Pages w/ 350 Photos
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11.0 x 0.4 inches
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