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Post a pic of your garage!
#701666 07/14/17 12:55 am
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While I was at sea this last time, my wife bought us a house. Fortunately it has a 2 car garage (she has 'volunteered' to keep her car in the driveway so the bikes can live inside the garage) and an unfinished basement. Right now the BSA is in the basement so I can work on it at my leisure, sitting on a broken down cardboard box so it won't leak any oil on the floor. What do you guys do to protect your garage floors from your bike's oil leaks? Looking for ideas on how to build up the garage and basement to make it a bike haven. So post some pics of your setup!


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I could post a pic of my carport....

thats all I got.

BUT I bought a couple large metal "baking sheets"- at least that's what they resemble- at the auto parts store. I park my bikes on em so no oil gets on the asphalt. I'd say they are roughly 30 inches by 36 or slightly longer? 24 X 36? pretty big in any case.

Looks like THIS


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Seal the concrete floor. Then you can wipe up oil with a rag and paint thinner. I use paper towels...
It's a constant thing in order to prevent tracking oil into the house.
I'll post pics of my friend Bear's man cave he built in his basement. He did a fantastic job. He's sailing around the Carribean at the moment but soon he'll be back with a new Ariel square four and a '72 combat Commando.

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I just let them leak. The stains add character.

Ed from NJ (who constantly looks for new ways to justify laziness!)

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Originally Posted by edunham
I just let them leak. The stains add character.

Ed from NJ (who constantly looks for new ways to justify laziness!)


Always leave the bike in a different spot, eventually you'll develop a nice pattern floor.

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Mine is a somewhat "non-standard" setup.

I have my recently relocated 2-bay metal building that now functions as A) immediate work space with 4 bikes I'm tinkering with, B) bicycle/lawnmower/storage space, and C) running or near-running, and for sale or sold bike parking (12 bikes).

(recent photo, the JPN and Norton are gone)
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The main garage is attached to what was my dad's 2-bay concrete block boat shed with a small office and two storage rooms. I have 8 bikes stored in one bay, another 3 or 4 in the other bay next to a storage freezer, a bunch more stored household goods, and all my fishing and water skiing equipment.
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At the very back is my single-bay metal building shop with my Triton parked next to my long-term project storage shelving and parts wash sink, midway thru to the 12'x16' air conditioned space which currently houses only my late friend Nacho's '71 BMW R75 which I am prepping for sale for his widow. The air conditioned space is where most of my tools are, all of my hardware bins, and ongoing overhaul/restoration project shelving.

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My best advice to you, is to immediately begin construction on a new 2-bay shop in the back yard, laid out for best flow-thru natural ventilation, with 3-phase power, dual overhead and one walk-thru door, air conditioning, at least one bike lift, small restroom, industrial shelving, 5HP air compressor in a small outdoor closet, and excellent lighting with quadplex power receptacles spaced every 5' along the walls at about 4' above the floor.

...oh, yes, also a mini-fridge and a good stereo sound system...


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Originally Posted by edunham
I just let them leak. The stains add character.

Ed from NJ (who constantly looks for new ways to justify laziness!)

My garage floor came prestained, you can't tell mine from the originals


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Looking at pics of the garages of our American friends on this forum sometimes makes me look green with envy.
Over here we have to make do with workspaces the size of an average American bathroom. shocked


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Here's a nice garage (not mine) grin

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To JD in MD: a new house, quite nice to come home to!

Is your garage attached, or detached?

Mine is detached, 2-car CBS on 20'x20' concrete slab, which is well stained. I keep a bag of Speedi-Dri on hand to keep the staining in check. Overhead door, side door, and two windows. Wired, but no heat or A/C.

The car comes in for the winter, not sure how it will work come December since the motorcycle fleet has grown.

Suggestion: improve the space before you fill it up. Floor treatments (if you go that route), paint, electrical outlets, lighting. Maybe plumb in some air lines so you're not tripping over air hose.

I've got a Harbor Freight lift, and I've got a Condor wheel chock bolted to the floor -- both in use all the time.
Tool box stack on roll-around.
Tool cart on casters.
Jack stands, scissor jack, bottle jack ...
Air compressor (around 2HP I think), air tools, etc.
Built a workbench along one wall.
Three units of metal shelving. (Easy to fill up with junk, though, gotta keep after it.)
Lots of tie-down straps for use with the lift and the chock.
Three fire extinguishers.
Windows that open.
Two fans.
Anti-fatigue mats on both sides of the lift.
Big Technics stereo (ca. 1988) for pumping up the volume.
Good management of gasoline, waste oil, and cleaning solvents and oily rags or paper towels. mad Especially important with an attached garage. mad

I also have a basement workshop, OK for working on parts or a rolling chassis, but poor access means I can't get a whole bike in or out without a lot of (too much) difficulty. (Did it once with a Honda 305, once was enough.)

PPE:
As soon as I enter the shop, the safety glasses go on (have two with different magnification levels).
Usually wearing gloves, nitrile, or those mesh gloves with rubbery fingers, or heavy rubber gloves for heavy cleaning.
Hearing protection on hand, ear muffs and earplugs.
Knee pads, get good ones, concrete floors are Hell on knees.
Sturdy boots for kick starting.
Neighbors to help with heavy lifting.

Further reading:
https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/

My garage, taken three years ago:

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Two years ago:

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Lift and chock in use:

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Originally Posted by kurt fischer
Neighbors to help with heavy lifting.

Best shop accessory ever!


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Hey JD
Congtats on the new digs!
my modest shed has a cement floor with decades of stains
it does add to the decor
but it's a good idea to have a 5lb bag of kitty litter handy
the little spills aren't a problem, it's the big ones that need contained
being able to roll a bike into your basement will
come in handy
Keep the flammables out of the basement!
Cheers
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JD #701774 07/14/17 11:11 pm
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Wow, great ideas, and a great photo Kurt. That's obtainable inspiration! My BMW's valve cover leaked a bit of oil the last couple of weeks and I used Bill's paint thinner idea to clean it up. You can barely tell that it was there, so I think the garage floor is sealed and the thinner just stayed pooled. But I went out and bought several trays Tom suggested, just in case.

Dennis, you'll have to swing by here some time. There's a number of restaurants in Chesapeake Beach I would like to try, and the back roads are nice around here. Dalrymple is a nice mixture of fields, forests, and twisty roads. The road down to Tom Clancy's house is also nice. Real fun on the Brits!

Tom, as always, you and Miss C have a place to stay when you make it down this way!


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If you can swing it, JD, house your air compressor in its own dedicated space- it'll make thing a LOT more pleasant in the shop.
(compressor kicking on wont drown out the music) grin


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Here, this should make you feel better. This is my one car car port with four bikes in it along with my compressor, powdercoating oven, lathe, workbench, toolbox washer and dryer, multiple boxes of spare parts, materials stock, drill press, blast cabinet, polishing and grinding motor, and painting and welding equipment.
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Soon one bike will go, the '69 Trophy leaving me with badly needed space to move in.

Cheers,
Bill

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Re: Post a pic of your garage!
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Originally Posted by kurt fischer
Here's a nice garage (not mine) grin

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[Linked Image]PC220736 by Peter Radix, on Flickr

Now that Kurt has given us a peek into my shop, grin , here's another one.

The key to working an a smallish workplace is to keep everything organized and clean, so you will not constantly have to look for your tools and stuff or break your neck over all kinds of rubish,
It is important to have a fire extiguisher, I fortunately never had to use mine. When using a welder, an extinguisher is a must.
Keeping the floor clean is the easy part since our Brit bikes never leak oil, right ? wink (my Italian bike gets the blame)
Good lighting is also an important .
I also kick everything out that has no "right"to be in there,( although I made an exception to this rule for our cats.)
As Kurt mentions, helpfull neighbours to lift heavy things would be fine, although I can not always count on that since , for them, I am the lunatic wit the motorbikes. crazy

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Not sure I want to p[ost a pic of the garage - it's a disaster area - a big garage but full of household junk and furniture. Anyone want a really nice oak library desk? But to JD's question... what to put under the bike... I park the Interceptor on an old truck mudflap. This not only catches the oil but when working on the bike with the motor running, like carb adjusting or ignition timing, the motor can be revved up without the bike "walking" across the floor. It stays put. You can use a fancier piece of rubber than a mudflap.

Back when my Triumph did not leak oil, I used to have a sheet of 3/8 plywood painted gloss black, as long as the bike and as wide. It looked really nice parked on that panel.


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cafeteria trays with kitty litter

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Well I no longer have a garage, but...
I did caption the pictures, but they have gone AWOL. Try again later.
First picture, Fredericton, New Brunswick, January 1979. The TRW as purchased. Wood garage resting on a dirt floor, 1 of 110v power outlet. After a partial dismantle, the bits were taken down into basement and prepared for reassembly when the weather was warmer.
Second picture, Caledonia Ontario. 1987 maybe. No garage, but a largish garden shed. Yamaha 650 in jigsaw form, TRW dozing on the right.
Third picture, Garnet, Ontario. 2008. Must be winter! The camper is stored with all the kid's garden toys on top, the TRW's tank is away for attention to pin hole leaks. We could still get a car in here!

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I second the idea of having fire extinguishers handy in the garage. I have two. I just know one of them isn't going to work....
My garage is a reflection of my mind, I think.
Everything is in there that I need. I just have to hunt for it sometimes.
Cheers,
Bill

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What a dump!
19' x 9' 6" of clutter that may be tidied up this year, maybe, possibly help


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No Matter what, Cleaning is always a pain! We use some nice looking stainless steel baking trays under the bikes that weep, but either way it's hard to sweep, vac, mop in between all the obstacles....

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Even keep an end for the mud slingers wink

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My garage/shop is somewhat dirty and greasy from constant use...It's a place for repairs and fabrication of bikes , various odd vehicles and home projects

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