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    Dec 27, 2007, 2:52 PM - Santa brought me a spray booth! #1

    Some assembly required...

    Inspired by a question on the 501st NEG board about painting in the winter, and funded by a generous gift from my boss, I built myself a shiny new painting room in the basement.

    This area used to be a coal room at one time (our house is 100 years old, back from the days of coal furnaces).

    This section sticks off the side of the basement, and has a 6" raised concrete floor, making it an awkward corner in general. But there is a window right there, formerly used for coal deliveries.

    Last winter I did a quick job over there to make it paint friendly. Replaced the window with plywood and put in an industrial strength fan, vented out through said plywood.

    This year I finished the job

    Here is the corner with the floor down. the floor was real simple.... 2x3s on the flat with 1/2 plywood (19/32 if you REALLY want to quibble) on top. It's on a concrete slab, so it's not like I really needed to build a load bearing floor.



    Here is the old wall that used to be in that corner. In my rush to build, iI tore it out without first capturing it. When I ripped it out, I actually found coal from when that used to be the coal room, many many many years ago!



    These are my walls to be. I used 2x3s rather than 2x4, since it is a small space and I wanted the extra couple of inches.



    Initial framing:



    Framed with rough wiring in place. Nothing fancy power-wise. 3 outlets on the walls. 1 switch to control the overhead light and 2 fans. The fan is a plug in type, so it goes into a switched outlet on the ceiling.



    This used to be the window. I removed the glass and replaced it with plywood. The 2 silver tubes go up to the fans in the ceiling. Liberal use of spray foam and caulking ensure a nice tight seal all around.



    Oooh, so industrial!



    Here is one of the fans. Note that I used duct tape on a DUCT! Crazy, huh? The strapping on the ceiling is there because the heat pipe is *just* beyond flush with the surface of the joists... like, 1/8" or so. I could have squished the pipe insulation a bit and made it work, but having that gap seemed better, and it's only losing 3/4" of height or so.



    Next is insulation. I only insulated the exterior walls, since I didn't want to spend another $30 on more pink stuff for the interior.



    And last, the paneling. chosen for it's quality, durability and aesthetic appeal (ok, so chosen for price), we have faux oak paneling, $9 a sheet, on the walls and ceiling. Also chosen for the same reason is the lovely plastic accordion door.





    You can see the paint on the older fan... so they definitely work. The inside of the fan assembly was NASTY! I've got to remember to clean them out more often!



    The outlets are at an odd height. My feed wire was only long enough to get down to there (it used to be in the ceiling). I didn't want to re-run the line back to the breaker, nor did I want a junction box. So I just put the outlets a bit high. I did the other 2 that way as well, so that it looked vaguely intentional.





    The room is 7' x 8' x 5.5' and there are 2 180 cfm fans in there, so more than enough power to keep me happy. The only down side is that you have to paint sitting down, since the ceiling is low. But that's ok. I can live with that

    The last piece is some cheap peel and stick tile on the floor, since plywood alone will get really gross really fast.
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    Dec 27, 2007, 3:02 PM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #2

    That is AWESOME! Have you painted anything in it yet?
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    Dec 27, 2007, 3:40 PM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #3

    Brian,

    That is awesome!!
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    Dec 27, 2007, 3:44 PM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #4

    Quote Aaron said: View Post
    That is AWESOME! Have you painted anything in it yet?
    nope... i just finished building it at 2am today

    the first thing will probably be my new HS fett helmet, whenever it arrives!
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    Dec 27, 2007, 3:46 PM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #5

    Wow! Nice!

    Are those fans gonna do the job?

    Just making sure we dont have a tragedy here.
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    Dec 27, 2007, 4:10 PM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #6

    Oh, man! I'd love to have one of those around. But, alas...I live in Florida. Any deeper than 4 feet and you hit water.

    Good luck with your new room!

    David.
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    Dec 27, 2007, 4:34 PM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #7

    LUCKY BASTARD!

    Poor jodi
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    Dec 27, 2007, 4:40 PM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #8

    Quote SEEKER said: View Post
    Wow! Nice!

    Are those fans gonna do the job?

    Just making sure we dont have a tragedy here.
    Each one is a 180 CFM fan, and the room is 302 cubic feet total... so in theory it should be more than enough. I've been using that space for ages with plastic sheets closing it in and only 1 fan, and I live to tell the tale
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    Dec 27, 2007, 6:34 PM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #9

    SUUWEET!
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    Dec 27, 2007, 8:40 PM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #10

    Wow, your praticaly a Mythbuster now! Nice room!
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    Dec 27, 2007, 10:09 PM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #11

    Hope the neighbors don't start wondering why you exhaust fan ports coming out of your basement, or the police for that matter. That means only one thing around here. Looks awesome though, very comfy.
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    Dec 28, 2007, 9:25 AM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #12

    Brian that is AWESOME !!!

    I did something very similar. But not to that extent. The reason I mention it, is I DID get neighbors checking me out when they smelled funny stuff coming from the vent fans So, yeah, you'll probably get some nosy nelly asking you what's up

    Great job man. Oh, and I couldn't help but notice ... is that a "Panasonic" drill sitting there ?

    FP
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    Dec 28, 2007, 9:36 AM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #13

    Awesome spray booth Brian! I wish I had a basement....
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    Dec 28, 2007, 10:05 AM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #14

    Very nice there, Brian. Santa treated you nicely this holiday season!
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    Dec 28, 2007, 3:48 PM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #15

    Oh man, I am so jealous! Seriously nice setup..........you've got to be thrilled!

    Josh
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    Dec 28, 2007, 5:54 PM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #16

    8)
    Quote TD2253 said: View Post
    Awesome spray booth Brian! I wish I had a basement....
    I have a basement , but its 10 degrees outside ,I wish i lived in florida or san diego 8)8)
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    Dec 28, 2007, 6:42 PM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #17

    thats dope man lol im stuck with my Car hole lol
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    Dec 28, 2007, 8:42 PM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #18

    Quote Kripps said: View Post
    Oh man, I am so jealous! Seriously nice setup..........you've got to be thrilled!

    Josh
    if you ever need to do some painting in the cold, you're welcome to come by

    thanks for all the nice words gang!
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    Dec 29, 2007, 1:18 PM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #19

    Quote tk7602 said: View Post
    if you ever need to do some painting in the cold, you're welcome to come by

    thanks for all the nice words gang!
    Well thank you very much for the offer..........Lemme know if that old foundation of yours gives you any trouble as I've done quite a bit of repair work on those old school new england basements.

    Josh
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    Dec 29, 2007, 2:06 PM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #20

    Dude! That is awesome man.
    Just make sure you have enough ventilation going. Otherwise you'll
    start imagining things like flying with-out your JP....hehe!
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    Dec 31, 2007, 8:25 PM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #21

    So Brian, if you ever need any masonry services I'd be glad to trade them for some painting services........either way the paint room came out sweet. My buddy has a paint room and he installed one of those sun lights, he says it makes a huge difference when it comes to painting compared to a luminesent light. Just an fyi
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    Dec 31, 2007, 10:11 PM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #22

    I found that using the highest lumens fluorescent tubes you can buy will give you the same effect. I use 6500K when I'm doing indoor pics (which reminds me I need to get more soon) and they come out pretty well.

    My two cents.

    David.
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    Jan 1, 2008, 11:26 AM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #23

    Thats pretty nice!!!! I gotta do one of those some day. If you don't mind my asking, how much $ would you figure you have put into it????
    D
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    Jan 1, 2008, 12:32 PM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #24

    Quote fettpride said: View Post
    Brian that is AWESOME !!!

    Great job man. Oh, and I couldn't help but notice ... is that a "Panasonic" drill sitting there ?

    FP
    it's a ryobi. a while ago home depot had this crazy sale on cordless tools... it was $100 off of any cordless tool purchase of over $250. so i grabbed one of their super packs.... drill, trim saw, reciprocating saw, jigsaw, vaccum, flashlight and sander. and got it for $150 for the lot.

    i've since picked up a hammer drill and a bunch of batteries. so with the exception of the compound mitre saw, that room was built 100% with the cheapest tools in the land
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    Jan 1, 2008, 12:34 PM - Re: Santa brought me a spray booth! #25

    Quote Jango's kid said: View Post
    Thats pretty nice!!!! I gotta do one of those some day. If you don't mind my asking, how much $ would you figure you have put into it????
    D
    total cost was around $600, and $180 of that was the pair of fans.

    now, one of my pet peeves with all those DIY channel shows is that the hidden cost of building is the tools! it wasn't much $$ in the grand scheme of things to put it together, but i already had just about every tool in the world in the basement

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