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A few ideas for the shop:

1. Infloor outlets 120/240 in addition to hanging cords from the ceiling

2. Infloor radiant heating

3. Depending on the size of the shop install ceiling fans

4. Cat 5 cable for internet 

5. locate vacuum system outside of shop area reduces noise

Infloor outlets may be retrofits! (post #205777, reply #1 of 4)

Thanks kimberly,

We were going over the layout the other day on the white board in my office and in the shop later on. Because we reconsidered the miter saw placement, the outlet which stubs up from the floor will probably need to be moved.

We ran some conduit from a wall towards the center of the shop. One section bends up to a junction box for the miter saw and another bends up a few feet further for the table saw:

The conduit bends up to junction boxes which would be fastened to the cabinets.

I think we will be removing the 90 degree bend for the miter saw, so it seems like a great opportunity to add a floor outlet.

Infloor hydronic heating is out of the question because the subfloor is down and we're moving in, by golly.

Ceiling fans don't seem like they'll work for us because the ceiling will be covered with lights and the paddle-shadow is likely to irritate our video producer. And we don't want to irritate our video producer. BUT, if you've got some benefits to offer that outweigh Colin's wrath, we'd like to hear them.

CAT 5 Cable may be a great idea. We will want lightning fast internet so that we can stream video live every so often.

For the vac system, we kind of think we can get away with a shop-vac based dust collection system. We're not likely to be creating huge amounts of sawdust, like a woodworking shop does. Though it may be a good idea to give that shop-vac a shed behind the shop.

Thanks for your suggestions,

Dan Morrison

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Cat 6 instead of 5... less (post #205777, reply #2 of 4)

Cat 6 instead of 5... less interference.

YAY!  I love WYSISYG editing!  And Spellcheck!


In practice there's going to (post #205777, reply #3 of 4)

In practice there's going to be little difference in noise immunity or performace between Cat 5e and Cat 6, and Cat 5e is a hair easier to wire.  But you're right that for the relatively minor price difference between the two one might as well go with 6.

Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

A Foundation Like A Cooler (post #205777, reply #4 of 4)

As a professional in the concrete and waterproffing industry for over 45 years I have always taken pleasure in telling people that the one publication that "Gets It Right" is Fine Homebuilding.

I do however need to point out an issue I have with the article in the September 2016 No. 261 ("A Foundation Like A Cooler.") If I am interpreting the drawing on page #70 correctly you have designed a "floating slab" for this foundation. If there is any significant hydrostatic pressure at this location, this foundation will not be waterproof. Either the walls have to be placed on top of the slab or the slab must be tied into the walls to prevent vertical movement of the slab. A leaking floating slab is the most difficult waterproofing problem to solve.

Please feel free to check out the "Waterproofing & Industrial Flooring Detail Book" at

BTW: As a manufacturer of industrial sealants we commend you for the "Caulk This Way" article. It is very well done.

Bruce H. Kreielsheimer

Director of Operations

Anti-Hydro International, Inc