Archive of ' Walls & Roof'
“But my garage door is already insulated! It came that way!” Well, not like this! My workshop garage door came pre-insulated with some fiberboard with a plastic coating behind the metal panels, like only ¾”. But, during the summer, the heat comes right through in the afternoon since it’s facing west. The fiberboard is just not enough to stop the heat from the metal panels. It does help slightly with noise.
In previous articles about your shop’s comfort, I emphasized the use of radiant barriers to keep your shop cool. You see, when your walls, roof, and doors heat up during the day, they give that heat back to you in the form of radiation. Not nuclear exactly, but heat. If you go into your attic, and put your hand near the roof sheathing during the summer, you’ll feel the radiant heat without even touching it. This radiation heats up all the objects around it, and thus your whole woodshop. That’s why you start sweating when you step into your hot garage in the summer. Read more »
Just like with building a house, there are things to do to the exterior of your garage shop to give you the day-to-day convenience you crave.
You also don’t want to be surprised by all the things that will affect the exterior walls of your shop, like air conditioner refrigerant line penetrations, louvers, exterior light fixtures, and conduit to power outbuildings for lumber storage. All of those things need to be waterproofed, but the good news is you can draw those details when you plan your wall layers.
If you include the things mentioned below in your overall woodshop design plan, it’ll be easy. Do your thinking now, and the whole process can be done assembly-line style. Read more »
Wanna do something pretty easy that’ll allow you to double your shop time?
Seal up your workshop and blanket it with the right layers, you’ll pretty much be able to go out there without fear of being uncomfortable.
What you want to do first is define the boundaries of your shop’s envelope. In other words, what is the inside of your shop? Ceiling, Walls, Doors, Windows, Floor. This boundary is your protection from heat, cold, sound, bugs, and moisture.
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You’d probably rather be cutting tenons or curves on the bandsaw, but something you’re overlooking is right in front of you. Those bare shop walls. Whether it’s concrete block or un-insulated wood framing, it’s letting in the hot summer radiant energy and letting out your expensive heat in the winter. And, if it’s wood framing with empty stud bays, there is nothing stopping your loud tool noise from annoying the neighbors or the people inside your house.
If you could get your shop envelope under control, you’d solve so many problems. There are days when I know I can’t go in the shop because it’s way too hot or cold. And as you know, shop time can be a rare commodity. So walk out into your shop and take a look—what can you do to stop air infiltration, block and absorb noise, block the sun’s radiant heat, and keep in your shop’s warm air in the winter? Read more »