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Five tips on home workshops

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If you love working with your hands, a home workshop provides a practical and creative personal space where you can work on hobbies and home repairs.  It should be a well-lit space that is functional and comfortable to work in.  As you consider the layout of your work space, consider everything that you plan to do in there, and make sure that you can reconfigure the components of your space to suit whatever project you are working on at any given time.

1.) Good Light. Part of the purpose of having a work area is to have a well-lit area in which to work.  Having adequate light not only makes your task easier, but it makes it a little safer as well.  You will need good overall lighting in your space, and you can achieve this with fluorescent lighting, which is a great choice for this application, because it does not cast harsh shadows.  You will also need good task lighting in your space, and clamp lights are perfect for this application.  Not only are they nice and bright, but you can put them exactly where you need them for each project as you work.

2.) Storage. The next thing that you should give careful consideration to is your storage.  There is nothing more annoying than not being able to find a tool or a spare part when you are trying to get something done.  So think about cabinets and shelving.  Clear bins are easy to see, or large labels with details of contents also work as storage solutions.  By labeling everything from bins to drawers to containers, you will be able to lay your hands on the right part at the right time.  Adding a pegboard wall in your workroom is a great way to keep frequently used tools handy and out of the way.  Try to use turn any extra space that you have in your work room into storage, and you will be able to easily keep everything organized.

3.) Safety. Whenever you are working in your workshop remember that safety should always be a priority.  Ensure that you have a functioning smoke alarm and fire extinguisher close at hand.  Have a fist aid kit within easy reach, and always use ear and eye protection, even for the smallest of tasks.  You also want to make sure that your space if properly ventilated, and you want to make sure that all power tools are out of reach of small children.  It is also a good idea to locate power outlets in drawers with locks on them to keep curious, little fingers safe.

4.) Power. When you are designing your work area, make sure that you wire the area with sufficient power outlets.  It is better to have too many than not enough.  By having power outlets throughout your space, you can keep from having a tangle of extension cords when you are working on a project.  You should also consider which tools pull a lot of power and put them on their own circuit.

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