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Should Dave take the plunge and move the EEVblog lab out of the 2m x2m garage space into a bigger and better dedicated location?

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Offline DrGeoff

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Re: Should Dave move into a bigger lab?
« Reply #75 on: September 05, 2011, 09:44:48 am »
Don't let practicalities get in the way of a good idea! ;D
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Re: Should Dave move into a bigger lab?
« Reply #76 on: September 05, 2011, 12:04:38 pm »
Rather than lose the car or move the lab, how about moving the car to a rented garage a short walk away?
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Re: Should Dave move into a bigger lab?
« Reply #77 on: September 05, 2011, 01:08:56 pm »
I'd say gofer it Dave. If you're like me, there's nothing more disastrous for a creative mind not being allowed to have some ''junk'' around. Been there, done that, and my Dog how boring life becomes.
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Re: Should Dave move into a bigger lab?
« Reply #78 on: September 05, 2011, 09:00:56 pm »
Rather than lose the car or move the lab, how about moving the car to a rented garage a short walk away?
'er indoors is going to love that, having to walk a few blocks with Sagan in tow in the pouring rain to get to the car. I doubt there'd even be any rented garages where Dave is (which is only a few km from where I am).
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Re: Should Dave move into a bigger lab?
« Reply #79 on: September 05, 2011, 09:57:05 pm »
At my last house, I built a spare garage that was 26x36 feet (~8x12m).  It was done with Gambrel trusses so there was a 16  foot wide (5m)  full length second floor as my seclusion area.  Then I moved, and the new house had no such man heaven.  Over the last 2 years, I've added a home theater, rather large office, and last springs project was my E-lab.  I commandeered the spare bedroom (13x13 feet (~4m square) with an additional closet.  If I ever get enough shelves in here, it'll be adequate.  But since I am slow getting things like cabinetry built, I have boxes of "crap" on the flooor.  All good crap, but I really am lacking for storage.  For me, this would be big enough.  At least for now.  I lack organization more than I do space.

Looking at the opening pages, I tend to agree with Simon on reply 13.  Only you can answer it.  But, judging from all your responses Dave, it appears you have already answered, you just want more reassurance from the peanut gallery! (us).  I didn't read the entire thread, but one thing I didn't see considered on the first two pages was to add a room up in your attic.  You do have one don't you?  Is it large enough to put air conditioning and heat in, even if its electric heat, and just build a lab there?  Even if you had to add a dormer on the house, and perhaps a usable stairway, that's a fairly easy project which doesn't have to face the street (changing the look of the house) and you can have windows and all sorts of great stuff.  People tend to think 2 dimensionally when adding on, and one way that doesn't cost yard space is to add on the "Z axis!".  Go UP young man!
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Re: Should Dave move into a bigger lab?
« Reply #80 on: September 07, 2011, 08:14:16 am »
Rather than lose the car or move the lab, how about moving the car to a rented garage a short walk away?
'er indoors is going to love that, having to walk a few blocks with Sagan in tow in the pouring rain to get to the car. I doubt there'd even be any rented garages where Dave is (which is only a few km from where I am).

Heh.  Where I grew up, having a house with a garage was a bit of a novelty.

Besides, I've seen Australia on the telly, and it's always sunny :)
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Re: Should Dave move into a bigger lab?
« Reply #81 on: September 07, 2011, 09:25:48 am »
I didn't read the entire thread, but one thing I didn't see considered on the first two pages was to add a room up in your attic.  You do have one don't you?  Is it large enough to put air conditioning and heat in, even if its electric heat, and just build a lab there?  Even if you had to add a dormer on the house, and perhaps a usable stairway, that's a fairly easy project which doesn't have to face the street (changing the look of the house) and you can have windows and all sorts of great stuff.  People tend to think 2 dimensionally when adding on, and one way that doesn't cost yard space is to add on the "Z axis!".  Go UP young man!

Here in Australia we don't generally have "attics", our roofs are too shallow for that. Mine is a crawl space at best.
Building a vertical extension would cost about the same as this new office.

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Re: Should Dave move into a bigger lab?
« Reply #82 on: September 07, 2011, 05:38:12 pm »
The size of the lab is inversely proportional to the hotness of the wife.  I saw Dave's wife in one of his videos and he is damn lucky to have any space at all.  If she is willing to allow him more space....TAKE IT before she changes her mind.  You could save space in the other garage slot by getting a motorcycle. ;)
 

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Re: Should Dave move into a bigger lab?
« Reply #83 on: September 07, 2011, 06:05:50 pm »
Heh.  Where I grew up, having a house with a garage was a bit of a novelty.

I was so waiting for the next round of this. If no one else does it, I have to do it.

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Re: Should Dave move into a bigger lab?
« Reply #84 on: September 07, 2011, 07:23:48 pm »
We didn't have a house.  We used to live in a corridor.  All 27 of us.
 

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Re: Should Dave move into a bigger lab?
« Reply #85 on: September 07, 2011, 08:35:30 pm »
You were lucky to have a corridor!  We had to sleep in the broom cupboard standing up!
 

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Re: Should Dave move into a bigger lab?
« Reply #86 on: September 07, 2011, 09:21:06 pm »
We had to sleep in the broom cupboard standing up!
Luxury!!!! Our first house was a stack of broken bottles in a snake pit! Our telephone was shouting and flying was catching as many of the little fellas as you could to sell at market!

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Re: Should Dave move into a bigger lab?
« Reply #87 on: September 07, 2011, 09:30:49 pm »
I see a lot of dead space in the top of the garage area. You could suspend a sheet of plywood from the rafters over at least one side (the one with the car) in front of the rollup doors. That would get you a fair bit of storage space, perhaps 4 square meters or so. I have done similar in several garages and you never miss that otherwise useless space.  HTH -Tom
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Re: Should Dave move into a bigger lab?
« Reply #88 on: September 08, 2011, 05:06:39 am »
The size of the lab is inversely proportional to the hotness of the wife.  I saw Dave's wife in one of his videos and he is damn lucky to have any space at all.

That Lasso of Truth is a real PITA.

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Re: Should Dave move into a bigger lab?
« Reply #89 on: September 08, 2011, 08:34:00 am »
duh everytime i saw that picture, i wish i can be a superman.
hey! i thought that yellow thing is a Fluke. must be stereotype.
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Re: Should Dave move into a bigger lab?
« Reply #90 on: September 08, 2011, 08:51:58 am »
duh everytime i saw that picture, i wish i can be a superman.
hey! i thought that yellow thing is a Fluke. must be stereotype.

That's a GPS. Do you still go Geocaching Dave?

Anyone else here do Geocaching?
 

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Re: Should Dave move into a bigger lab?
« Reply #91 on: September 12, 2011, 01:03:13 pm »
Got room to put a big shed out the backyard and decorate it with heaps of neon lights and stuff?   :) lol
 

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Re: Should Dave move into a bigger lab?
« Reply #92 on: September 17, 2011, 08:50:11 pm »
Put the little lab inside the big new one. Problem solved, without making a decision.
 

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Re: Should Dave move into a bigger lab?
« Reply #93 on: September 17, 2011, 09:11:03 pm »
Dave,

Not sure if this has been suggested........but you could build a car port in-front of your garage and thus releasing most of the garage for your lab.......you'd save a ton of cash that way.

Or, do what I did and build an electronics workshop out of a shed!.......piccy below.

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Re: Should Dave move into a bigger lab?
« Reply #94 on: September 17, 2011, 10:19:12 pm »
duh everytime i saw that picture, i wish i can be a superman.
hey! i thought that yellow thing is a Fluke. must be stereotype.

That's a GPS. Do you still go Geocaching Dave?

Very rarely these days.
Will no doubt get back into it once Sagan gets bigger!

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Re: Should Dave move into a bigger lab?
« Reply #95 on: September 18, 2011, 12:53:50 am »
duh everytime i saw that picture, i wish i can be a superman.
hey! i thought that yellow thing is a Fluke. must be stereotype.

That's a GPS. Do you still go Geocaching Dave?

Anyone else here do Geocaching?

I do. I've found 4. Not so many, but it's great fun.
 

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Re: Should Dave move into a bigger lab?
« Reply #96 on: September 19, 2011, 06:32:19 pm »
No, Dave Jones's lab is the out doors to test the endurance of multimeters.  If he wants to start an indoor EMC lab, yes, he will need an EMC room with those foam, space ship like room.  I have not been inside an EMC room.  This room has to be isolated from all radio noise like a metallic shielded room.  Dave Jones's needs contracts to test multimeters and everyday things like the Android cell telephones.
 

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Re: Should Dave move into a bigger lab?
« Reply #97 on: September 20, 2011, 02:12:48 am »
Despite SWMBO's desitre not to move house, that would have to be the best option.
It will give Dave room for a bigger lab and somewhere for Sagan's brothers and/or sisters to grow up.  ;D

 


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