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Phase 3:  Finish Work

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Shop Planning
Phase 1:  Site Prep and Foundation
Phase 2:  Framing
Phase 3:  Finish Work
Phase 4:  Shop Setup

To light each of the three shop bays, I chose high-output fluorescent strips, 8' long with double tubes.  I installed two rows of two lights in each of the bays; I had planned on three rows in the boat bays, but found that two was more than adequate, so I eliminated the third row.  In its place, I installed a switched outlet, which would be handy for auxiliary lighting or other uses later on when working on elevated boat decks.

Each fixture required minor assembly on the ground, and then I lifted them onto the tall pipe staging for installation into the ceiling strapping with screws, after which I installed the long bulbs.  One bay at a time, moving the staging in between, I completed the lights over a period of two days.

I ran into a slight problem in the two boat bays.  I had planned to run lights along the entire length of the bays, but discovered that the garage doors left inadequate clearance above them when they were opened.  This meant that I could install no permanent fixtures in the front 16' of the shop.  Fortunately, I found that the four lights towards the back were adequate to light the front part of the shop, though I'd have to come up with some form of portable or wall lighting to help at that end, as it was dimmer than I would have liked despite it all.  More on this later.

Overall, I was very pleased with the lighting.  When first installed, the insulation and white plastic on the interior was incomplete, but even with the wood framing and pink insulation, the lighting was significant.  Later on, once all the walls were covered with the bright white plastic, the effect was nearly blinding in its intensity.






I began installing some of the outdoor lighting on a warm day in January.  I was waiting for use of the man lift in order to install a gable light on the front of the building, since the location was too tall even for my 32' ladder, and some motion-detecting lights that I planned for the upper reaches of the sidewalls could wait too.  But I installed a couple simple fixtures at the two side doors (office and shop bay 2)--inexpensive, yet attractive, glass-globe fixtures.

Inside the shop bay containing the man door (bay 2), I also installed a single-bulb fluorescent fixture near the door, with a switch at the door, to make lighting the bay possible if entering through that door.  The switches for the main overhead lights were located at the back end, near the doors through which I'd normally be entering from the woodshop bay, and rather than go to the significant trouble of running 3-way switches, I figured the simple fixture would be more than adequate.

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This page was originally posted on January 23, 2006.