Customized Space for the Shade Tree Mechanic
Everyone needs a hobby, and for shade tree mechanics, their passion is jacking up the car and looking under the hood. In a world where skilled labor is moving towards computer programming and robotics, finding someone who can replace a spark plug or change the oil in your car is getting more difficult. If you have the skill and the time, you can create your very own mechanic shop in the garage.
Plan for Expansion
Whether you choose to work on your vehicles or help your friends and family with repairs, an efficient garage setup will make all the difference in the world. A true shop will require some basic accessories, such as toolboxes or air compressors mounted on suspension casters and a car or engine lift. These items will all be good investments if you choose to turn your hobby into a side business.
Tools of the Trade
A mechanic wouldn’t be a mechanic with a tool set that defines his abilities. A limited collection of supplies won’t let you get much done, but owning things you don’t know how to operate isn’t effective either. If you are going to set up shop, be sure to own the following:
- Hydraulic jack with a 3 ton rated max weight capacity
- A set of jack stands having between 2-3 ton rated max weight capacity)
- Complete tool set the includes, sockets, wrenches, screwdrivers, and pliers
- Medium to heavy duty Shop-Vac
Shed Light on It
You will need quality light and plenty of it to see what you are doing under the hood and around the garage. Fluorescent lights are great durable options for mechanic shops, and clip on or movable lighting is good for hard to reach areas that need extra lighting.
If you want to take your car repair and tinkering hobby to the next level, a customized mechanic shop in your garage is the way to go. Having the right tools and lighting will keep you efficient and safe as you work with automobiles and engines.