Protect Your Garage or Workshop
Forgive me for going a bit manly with the next topic but it’s a subject that is close to my heart. Every man needs a workshop or working space to call his own, Bruce Wayne had the Bat Cave, Tony Stark has Stark Enterprises. So where do you do your pottering?
Perhaps you are looking to start a new hobby or already have one that is a bit messy to bring in the house onto the kitchen table (at least while the significant other is watching anyway). This is why you need to have a place to call your own, a place that you can leave covered in swarf and bits of engines.
Get Your Hands Dirty.
If you have an old garage, outbuilding or shed that time has forgotten, and you think that you are up to getting your hands dirty then why not make the most of the summer and get your new hobby room ready for winter before the cold sets in.
Speaking from some experience I have found the best way to tackle this is to get a heavy duty pair of gloves, some very hard wearing (and waterproof) old clothes and some duct tape. What is the duct tape for I hear you say? Well, that is for taping up the gap between your boots and the bottom of your trouser leg. Why? To stop a stray rat from running up your leg! I kid you not, I have seen this happen before!
The first step is to clear out all the rubbish, scrap and miscellaneous junk that gets hoarded in outbuildings and disused garages. My advice would be to separate everything into 3 piles;
1. Junk – General ‘black bag’ rubbish. Everything from crisp packets to old broken toys can go here.
2. Wood – Anything wooden or similar that can be hacked up and burned.
3. Useful Things – Anything that may be a bit too good to throw out, although you must be ruthless here.
If I Have Lived Without It This Long Then I Don’t Need It.
There is nothing worse than trying to make headway with a clear out and getting bogged down by being a bit too selective over junk. Let’s face it; if you are only now clearing out this space then chances are that everything that has amassed in there, can be thrown out. My personal opinion is that if I have lived without it for this long then I don’t really need it.
So now you have got your hands dirty in your new hobby room and either binned, burned or re-housed everything in sight, you should be left with not much more than an empty room!
So now you’ve got your big, clean, empty space why not give the walls a lick of fresh paint, get yourself some worktops and really make it your own space?
I decided to write this article after finishing my own hobby room, I use mine to learn basic metal working so I have purchased a small lathe, milling machine and drill press to aid me in the production of a few small items. Most of us hobbyists have similar equipment, whether it is a potter’s wheel, specialist tools or some other items that you use and you need to keep these safe.
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