Shop power upgrade
Posted 05 August 2007 - 06:31 AM
Posted 05 August 2007 - 12:17 PM
Before, with only a 15 amp feed, the "power to power tool" ratio was in balance in the Luckett shop. Now, it is seriously out of balance ... you have an 85 amps surplus! You must buy more power tools. The laws of physics will not be denied!
You can try this on your wife. It didn't work with mine, but you never know ...
I actually have my service panel in the wall of my shop (one bay of my three car garage). I thought it was nearly full, but its actually a 200 amp service with quite a few empty slots left (for some reason, all the breakers are loaded from the bottom up, save for the bottom two slots, and I had used one of those for the shop wiring).
My back is better now so I'm working out there again, and thinking about improvements. I would love to get a DC system installed, and a jointer.
Posted 06 August 2007 - 07:12 PM
I shared this with my wife....bet you heard the snort all the way to Oxnard? ;D
The biggest and most immediate improvements in the shop will be running the shop vac at the same time as another power tool. This will really help with clean up labor time. I want a dust collection system but those cost a lot and it will take me a while to save up enough to add that feature. Once power is permanently run out to the boat shed it will speed up construction. Oh, and now I can heat with electricity instead of a kerosene gun burner. That means I can now set up the little electric heaters to speed up the epoxy curing and that I can build in the winter here more than before.
Posted 06 August 2007 - 09:26 PM
On my current project, the only tool I've purchased is a jig for installing drawers, and I added it to an order for supplies ... not tools ... to get the free shipping. Of course, to my wife, the 1000 pocket hole screws counted as a tool purchase (we have a long standing "discussion" about the router and the router bits ... the 1/4" solid carbide Freud bit I bought is NOT a tool, its a "bit").
Usually, I get a couple of tools for each project, but I think she's wise to that one ...
Posted 26 December 2007 - 07:46 PM
A winter storm hit us at the same time, 70 mph winds, wind chill well below zero F, snow, etc. It just quite could not keep up, but with a little help from the kerosene heaters it was comfortable. I hate working while being cold. The shop is not insulated and leaks around the roll up door too. That will be fixed with time.
Posted 14 March 2008 - 07:13 AM
Now for some power out to the new boat shed.
Posted 09 September 2009 - 11:13 PM
I'm a licensed electrical contractor.
Shop is on its own 200 amp service with provisions to upgrade to 400 amps.
Yea, the condo is going over the tool room. My dog house.