If you are looking to stock up your garage, you may be thinking to yourself that this is one of those things around the house that is basically self-explanatory. After all, I park my car in the garage and therefore, the stuff that I have in my garage has something to do with my car. Fair enough.
At the very least, you should have some basic car maintenance equipment in your garage like wrenches, extra jack, a vacuum to take care of the interior of your car and possibly some electronic equipment like lighting.
Aside from your cargo, your garage is more versatile than you think. It’s not like you can fill up your garage quickly with everything and anything automotive related. It’s not like you’re opening a mechanic’s garage where you can do oil changes and air conditioning maintenance work.
So, the next set of items that you might want to consider for your garage should be along the lines of the following.
A workbench is really just a platform. A lot of people are under the impression that, when you buy a workbench, you can only use it for a certain fixed range of activities. No. Workbench is actually just a mounting platform so that you can work on all sorts of materials.
For example, if you are going to be filing a piece of metal and you need a vice or mounting equipment, you can then use your workbench to hold that item firmly in place while you work on that item. Pretty straightforward as easy as 1,2,3, no big mystery to it.
When you’re doing things around the house, chances are, you’re probably going to be using some sort of power equipment and when it comes to power, we’re talking about items moving at a very high rate of speed. This might even involve hard items being flaked off, thrown off, chipped off or just blasted off.
None of these situations is good if you’re going to be catching all of it with your bare face. So, at the very least, you should have some goggles to protect your eyes. If you’re extra careful, maybe you should have a face mask or a self-enclosed face mask so both your eyes, mouth, and nose are well protected.
On top of that, you should also include gloves because when you’re working with any kind of power equipment, it’s very easy for the item that you are working on to chip off or throw off some kind of debris.
It would be great if the debris is very easy to see. Usually, in that kind of situation, you can take reasonable precautions ahead of time. The real danger is when the debris that’s being produced is very granular or very small. This is when things can get a little dangerous because you can inhale that stuff.
You can also have some small debris of debris particles left on your hand like a thin powder or thin film. And then, when the time you move your hand to rub your face, it might actually be scratching the surface of your skin. This might lead to all sorts of infections.
Also, depending on the material involved, you might actually be rubbing the really harsh chemicals or even heavy metals or foreign particles into your face. Again, none of these situations is good. So, a bit of safety can definitely go a long way when it comes to your garage. So, definitely stock up on safety gear.
Storage Containers and Tool Chests
Another obvious candidate for your garage base involves storage. Since you’re going to be doing a lot of stuff in your garage, it would be a good idea to store them away. This is especially true for equipment that has consumable bits and pieces.
I’m talking about drill bits, saw blades, nails or screws. That kind of thing. Whether we’re talking about fasteners or even disposable pieces of assemblies, you obviously need a place to start to store them. Keeping that stuff lying around is going to be a headache.
Not only do you stand to injure yourself when you step on these items or you lay your hand on them but if you have a small kid in your home or pets, this can produce all sorts of unnecessary drama and headaches down the road. By having the right tool chests and storage items, you can square everything away.
So, you don’t have to worry about stepping on a nail or screw or anything sharp getting into the wrong places like eyes, ears or mouths.
The great thing about having a well-designed garage is that you can store a tremendous amount of tools in a relatively compact space. You only need imagination and most importantly an advanced plan.
Thankfully, there are lots of garage blueprints and plans available on the internet. You can just quickly search for this on Google and many places allow you to quickly download these plans.
You need to buy a special power holding board, get some hooks and you’re in business! They don’t really cost all that much money, and they’re also very modular.
Depending on what kind of home you have and how much garage space you’re working with, you’re sure to find a specific design that would work well with your present set of circumstances.
The best part of all of this is that a lot of these plans are actually scalable so you can mix and match here and there.
Again, you can add on as much as your budget allows or as your needs change over time. Little of scalability and modularity can definitely go a long way.
I know this is kind of a weird addition to the list but if you are serious about bringing out the best from your limited garage space, buying an air compressor is one of the best strategic investments you could ever make.
The reason is an air compressor can power all sorts of tools and it can also deliver the blast of air that you need for maximum clean up.
That’s the bottom line. You have both ends covered. Not only do you have the need to get the job done in your garage, but also when it comes time to clean up, it can be quick and easy.
It doesn’t have to be a hassle and be filled with drama. Therefore, do yourself a big favor and invest in an air compressor. There’s a tremendous amount of air compressors available on the market and not all of them are expensive.