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Old 08-13-2017, 09:25 AM   #1
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I have a 36x60 open pole barn with a dirt floor. From the bottom of the truss to the dirt is 11' 6". I am going to have 36x36 of it enclosed for a shop, the remaining back side will be still open for my tractor, implements and a trailer.
I would like to have one large roll up door but what size would be more useful? Where is the best placement for a two post lift, near the roll up door or further back in the shop? I also want an enclosed office, caged tool room, compressor room and a small bathroom. I need some placement ideas.
I am rural and permitting will not be a concern and the fact its already a structure that I pay taxes on. My concrete guy came and took measurements he said a drawing of what I wanted would be helpful so he would know where make the slab thicker for the lift and place piping for a toilet.
I need to get my ducks in order so this can be done correctly, recommendations
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:40 AM   #2
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Have you been over to garagejournal.com? The forum over there has a lot of activity and lots of info.
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You will run out of working room VERY quickly. If it has a dirt floor now, go in there and lay out everything you are talking about with string and see how it works for you. No matter what you do, it will always be too small. Stuff sounds great when talking about it but the laying out with string will let you envision it in real size.

I would consider setting the compressor outside with a cover over it. One of the best moves i have made.
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36X36 sounds about right to me, since you have covered storage in the other part of the barn. If it's too large, you spend a lot of time walking to the other side to get the tool you need. Will the whole thing be air conditioned? If not, enclose the tool room and office for air condition. Build a enclosure outside the shop for the air compressor and another for a sandblast cabinet with a door to the shop. Lift should be close to the door so you can get vehicles on the lift, without moving others.
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While laying out the configuration consider two roll up doors to permit complete pull through. Makes logistics for activity much more flexible. Such as trailer repair, loading /unloading, moving unpowered projects.
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My lift mfg requires four inches of 3500 psi concrete , your bigger concern should be getting the 12 foot 1 of ceiling height.

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I have my tool/work area in the center rear of the shop Easy to get to.
I have 10'x10' roll up commercial doors.
My compressor is in the shop,but I have a long hose(old pool vacuum hose)for the intake run out away from the pump.Gets cleaner air and is much quieter.I made an air valve header on the compressor and run hose to where I need it in the shop.It's all overhead and I can re-rout it if/when needed.
I will put a lift in the rear center by my work area so it won't block the doors.As said, a rear door would be great!
I also built a shelf(50'x6'wide)6'high down one side for the big light weight stuff to keep it off the floor.Lights under the shelf for narrow wall shelves underneath it Floor area is very valuable!
Everything that's heavy,I've put on wheels to make it easy to move around.
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I appreciate all the incoming ideas and will include some of them in my plans. I did think about the compressor room on the back side and may build it large enough to store transmissions, rear ends and engines so they are out of the way and unseen.
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Where are most of you placing your lift, just as you enter past shop door or further back? My shop will be 36' deep so lot of options for placement but what are the pros and cons. Going to have a 4'X12'X6" reinforced section of concrete where the lift will be mounted.
My neighbor suggested further back in the shop and reasoned that you would still have room to pull something else inside, if the lift was mounted closer to the shop door you couldn't drive anything else inside with a car on the lift. Seemed reasonable.
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With 36' to work with I'd place it further away from the door as suggested, allowing something else to be between the door and what's on the lift. This would also be better logistics for pulling a body off the frame - allowing you to remove and then move the rolling chassis to wherever you need. Also think about what you need for an engine/trans R&R with the help of the lift.

A friend of mine just built a 40' x 50' shop and placed the lift midway with enough room for something between the door and a car on the lift - but with a work area in front of the lift too.

If you could squeeze it in a small area in front of a car on the lift would be good, but it isn't necessary.

With all this, I'm thinking 2 post lift - a 4 post might require at least slightly different planning.
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