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Old 06-08-2010, 09:50 PM
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Default Garage recommendations

I am researching steel garages (Worldwide, Morton, Olympia) for a possible build later this year.

Anybody have recommendations or horror stories that might help in making a decision?

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Old 06-08-2010, 10:51 PM
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just make sure you get a 8 foot door and at least 26 ft deep 12 wide at the vary least for one car
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Whatever you decide you need in size add more room. I did not own a procar when I built my detached garage. But still I built it planning on putting two small cars in end to end and have room for working around them. It turned out when I got a pro car I still had plenty of room. I still need more garage space though.
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Check out these guys http://www.steelmasterusa.com/ they sell an excellent building & if you ask them what they have in overstock you can get a great deal on one someone cancelled out on. They have 100% useable space inside, no rafters, 75% of the work is done on the ground, and they have stood strong in winds over 200mph.

I was VERY impressed with mine. They come 3 sided with an open front so you can make the front however you want. Hired a couple neighborhood kids & the three of us built it in 2 days. You can also have insulation blown onto the interior if you want to heat it. They have skylight panels available too.



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Check out these guys http://www.steelmasterusa.com/ they sell an excellent building & if you ask them what they have in overstock you can get a great deal on one someone cancelled out on. They have 100% useable space inside, no rafters, 75% of the work is done on the ground, and they have stood strong in winds over 200mph.

I was VERY impressed with mine. They come 3 sided with an open front so you can make the front however you want. Hired a couple neighborhood kids & the three of us built it in 2 days. You can also have insulation blown onto the interior if you want to heat it. They have skylight panels available too.



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That is one nice garage....
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:28 AM
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Not to hijack this thread, but the Steelmaster garages are unique as you build the arches on the ground. Each arch is 2' wide, so you build 5 - 6 of them at a time & then stand them up, overlap the seams & drop in the bolts. The hardest part of the build is that the foundation is a little more time consuming than normal, before you pour your concrete you make a form out of wood so that when the concrete is poured it makes an indented "channel" in the concrete for the building to stand in. This channel adds a nice feature, all water runs out the end & doesn't seep into the building when it rains.

I rigged up a hoist in my old truck for ease when standing up each arch, just two steel poles & a crossbar with a pulley @ the top (stuck down into the holes in the bed sides). Check out their site they offer alot of different styles, from the A-series pictured to a more traditional quanset-hut (military) design. You can get different sidewall heights as well. As I said the best deals are their overstock buildings... back in 1998 I bought a 30' x 34' building for $2500 DELIVERED! They even sent a frame & header for a door opening (as well as the panels to close it in) since I was butting it up against an existing garage & didn't need the rear of the building enclosed at all. What I liked most was that there are no rafters, poles, or anything else in your way, it's all useable space inside & VERY strong. Everything is aluminized steel.

NOTE: BE SURE to get your building permit APPROVED before ordering ANY steel building! All-steel buildings are typically NOT permitted within city limits. I took the plans, survey, and all Steelmaster blueprints & info with me, got my permit approved, built the building, and then zoning showed up & said I had 72 hours to tear it down a few months later. I presented my permit & had them check THIER records, and got a nasty letter saying it could stay since they overlooked the material list & pictures, but they weren't pleased. The foundation I did is recommended, but you can also just sit it on a concrete pad & they provide you with a mounting system.

As a former customer I get $100 for every referral I send them that buys a building (supposedly) LOL!

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Old 06-09-2010, 09:48 AM
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Dwayne, what does Bucky-Rust have against steel buildings? Just be glad you don't live in some Moron-Ville such as Oakwood, the posh south Dayton suburb, where anal-retentiveness is a requirement for residency. Park your Mercedes-Bends an inch too far from the curb, and prepare for a citation. Neighboring Kettering is similarily enlightened. Sigh..............
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Dwayne, what does Bucky-Rust have against steel buildings? Just be glad you don't live in some Moron-Ville such as Oakwood, the posh south Dayton suburb, where anal-retentiveness is a requirement for residency. Park your Mercedes-Bends an inch too far from the curb, and prepare for a citation. Neighboring Kettering is similarily enlightened. Sigh..............
This was MARION, Ohio my friend! Can you believe that cestpool of a town had a problem with neighborhood improvements? This is the same town where when you live in the area I did (nicknamed "little harlem") you had to watch for the local deadbeats walking down the street on their way to the carry-out & pull the door down quick so they didn't scope out your shop for future crimes, ask you for pills, or proposition you. Lived there 13 years & never looked back when the chance to escape presented itself! My current home & shop is an old factory with room for 30-plus procars... now if I can just get the owner to sell it... love it here


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Damn, you have it made!!!! GREEN with envy my friend.
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Damn, you have it made!!!! GREEN with envy my friend.
Thanks Richard! It's 40' x 320' I think... give or take somewhat on the length. They used to cast those big cast-iron tractor seats here back in the day, after that it was a brake line factory for trucks, the WIC office for the city, a chop-shop, an antique shop... then I came along LOL!

Since you want SNOW Richard, come on up, Jim & I can accomidate you! I have some winter pix somewhere...
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