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Offline alan gage

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Windows in shop- yes or no?
« on: August 27, 2020, 12:03:50 PM »
For me it's a no.

What about you?

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Re: Windows in shop- yes or no?
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2020, 12:22:43 PM »
none in my shop.  If I was building one, I might put in a skylight (angled to the north) but not a regular window.
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Re: Windows in shop- yes or no?
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2020, 12:27:56 PM »
none, but would not mind a couple
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Re: Windows in shop- yes or no?
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2020, 01:42:26 PM »
I worked in a windowless shop for a year, the lack of natural light bothered me.
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Re: Windows in shop- yes or no?
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2020, 02:03:48 PM »
None.  I'm in a "daylight" basement with two exterior walls.  One is under a deck (dark) and the other has a outdoor closet taking up a big portion of the wall.  Besides, wall space is a premium for storing stuff.
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Re: Windows in shop- yes or no?
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2020, 02:16:51 PM »
Besides, wall space is a premium for storing stuff.
 

I have 3 windows in my polebarn and I am always wishing I could hang stuff where they are. I want to build a woodshop next spring and if I do, no windows.
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Re: Windows in shop- yes or no?
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2020, 02:39:55 PM »
Got to be !!!! I went with a higher ceiling=wall space and extra windows.

It's an all purpose space. I have plants and grow lights on the south side, storage on wheels and room for a car in the middle and woodworking tools on the inside side.
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Re: Windows in shop- yes or no?
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2020, 02:59:08 PM »
Windows in one end in mine for the fans.  Open the 8 foot door and get a good cross breeze blowing.  Couldn't stand the heat without it.

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Re: Windows in shop- yes or no?
« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2020, 03:42:56 PM »
I've done subterranean woodworking most of my life in our basement, and then the day job at Caterpillar where windows are very rare. Now that I am retired, I can't be outside enough. So windows would be a must for me now. 

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Re: Windows in shop- yes or no?
« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2020, 03:51:36 PM »
Yes.

I enjoy being able to look outside, my windows are up high enough to be able to put a bench under them and have a small shelf or board.

As sprucebunny mentioned high walls ( minimum 10" if you plan to work with plywood) are handy as well as adding high windows for natural lighting without taking up too much wall space.

I have not done this but another idea would be to put windows in the doors so you get windows without losing wall space.

Note: I say doors because I prefer to have more than one exit to a work shop in case of fire.


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Re: Windows in shop- yes or no?
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2020, 03:59:29 PM »
When we built our 50x75 metal building in 1991, we had five windows that are roughly 36" x 72" installed.  In retrospect, I wish we did not have windows.  They are covered with expanded metal so they are difficult to keep clean.  They reduce the amount of available wall space for hanging stuff and placement of pallet racks and shelves.  Big, roll up doors are more practical than windows for my uses.
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Re: Windows in shop- yes or no?
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2020, 07:20:17 PM »
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Re: Windows in shop- yes or no?
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2020, 10:39:40 AM »
I've built two shops now and neither have had windows. I'm sure I'll build another someday and it's doubtful it will have windows either. My shop is single use and that's for working. I've never found any desire for looking out windows when working in the shop and am happy to be able to place tools and storage anywhere. Also, most of my real time spent in the shop is winter evenings when it's dark anyway.

I have given thought to windows high up and out of the way for some natural light but haven't been able to justify the expense. I put in plenty of lights so the shop is bright and evenly lit. Artificial light doesn't bother me.

I do put windows in my walk-in and overhead doors so I'm not completely boxed in. If the weather and bugs permit I do enjoy working with all the doors open. The dog and cat love being able to go in and out at will too. I think my biggest enjoyment from having the doors and windows open comes from being able to hear the birds more than the view, which is a nice one of the lake.



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Re: Windows in shop- yes or no?
« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2020, 05:50:41 PM »
Windows for me, in the entry door (south side), and on the western side of the shop. I like natural light on my wood lathe area. My wall facing the road is a wood area, to the north is behind the stove and wall storage. But yes, do not 'over do' the windows. ;)

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Re: Windows in shop- yes or no?
« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2020, 08:59:17 AM »
When I built my garage I put in nine 32"x16" glass block panels starting at 6'8" high. Lets in a ton of natural light as long as the sun's out. 2 garage doors on the south side I leave open as long as it's not too hot or cold. This week has been brutal though, making me wish I put in a window unit AC in the spring..

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Re: Windows in shop- yes or no?
« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2020, 08:16:10 AM »
My old shop had 2 small windows that were kindof a pain to open and close and the shades were pulled down all the time so no one could look in.  That shop was winter heated, but not conditioned in summer. Never knew if it was dark out yet, had to open the man door to see.

New shop is fully conditioned, lots of windows.  More secure area, I'm not afraid of anyone looking in.  I'll be able to see someone approaching, I'll see the animals and good views.  Only problem is now the cat wants a catio.
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« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2020, 08:28:55 AM »
my shop grew and grew as I planned it.  34 x 84 with a 34 x 34 welding, greasy garage area.  window in a row in the 18 foot garage door and a window on the other 2 walls.  the other 50 x 34 is the wood shop,  the basement underneath has 4 windows in the half above ground area.  the up stairs woodshop has 4 window and a 6 foot French door facing the house.  and 2 windows on each of the other walls.  If Libby barks, I can peak out and see who is here.  It meets egress in the basement and other code for a habitable space.  could be converted when we sell it to have two homes.   also sky light in the wood shop area, and with scissor trussed ceilings, it add to the aesthetic.
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Re: Windows in shop- yes or no?
« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2020, 09:31:24 PM »
 



I wanted windows for the natural light but didn't want to take up wall space or worry about break ins.  I have 4 windows up high on each end and one on the side.  Lots of light!  
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Re: Windows in shop- yes or no?
« Reply #18 on: September 08, 2020, 09:38:46 AM »
Before reading this, I had never thought about windows up high in the wall. I have to have windows in my shop for some natural light, my mood feeds off of sunlight it seems. The new shop will now have windows high in the walls.

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Re: Windows in shop- yes or no?
« Reply #19 on: September 08, 2020, 11:39:04 AM »
I was going to suggest windows over the doorways. Flatrock beat me to it.

It is really nice to see outside and know what the weather is doing. Especially if my work is about to take me outside.

windows in the garage door and man door are nice to.


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