8 Ways to a Tip Top Shop!
Last week I talked about things to consider if you’re thinking about remodeling your existing shop or building brand new. But if the “dollars don’t make sense” to you quite yet, there are a few things that you can do to “makeover” the shop that’s probably been serving you well for many years. Your efforts may even make you a winner in Successful Farming magazine’s Top Shops Contest! You can enter this contest which begins February 1 and compete for $13,000 in cash prizes. The contest is sponsored by Morton Buildings and details can be found in the February issue of Successful Farming or by visiting Agriculture.com/topshops after February 1st. Here are some suggestions for spiffing up your shop:
1. Clean up dingy walls: Engine exhaust and smoke from welders/plasma cutters can coat your shop walls which causes them to reflect less light.
2. Retrofit shop door: There are companies that can retrofit single-piece doors to existing structures so you’re not restricted to the sliding or overhead door your shop was originally rigged with.
3. Invest in a floor scrubber: You can clean your shop in a fraction of the time and it will do a better job removing floor dust, as well as save you money on sweeping compound.
4. Breathe new life into air systems: Consider upgrading your delivery system if you’re tired of dragging hoses around or if your tools need more air.
5. Create a cordless recharge center: Keep chargers in a fireproof cabinet to prevent fires if one of them should burst while charging. Having all your cordless tools and chargers in one spot will ensure you’ll find them when you need them.
6. Expand outward to form a shop office complex: Are those sons of yours returning to the farm? Add an attached structure that not only includes more office space, but could also serve as a garage for pickups and ATV’s.
7. Cast new light on a dark shop: T5 light fixtures are what you need for good shop light, so upgrade your T8 and T12 fixtures with bulb adapters or retrofit kits to allow the use of those T5 bulbs.
8. Revive stained, chipped floors: Lay down a glossy, easy-to-sweep epoxy paint that also resists solvents, but remember that removing oil and related fluid stains and surface spalling is essential to coating old concrete.
I found these great suggestions on http://www.agriculture.com/machinery/farm-shop/plans/8-ways-to-shape-up-your-shop_241-ar46858?sssdmh=dm17.780345&esrc=agex010815 . Click on this link for further details, and good luck to you if you decide to compete in the contest!
-Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store