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/diy/ - Do-It-Yourself - Apartment workshop setups

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Apartment workshop setups Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)00:23 UTC+1 No.658789 Report

Hi /diy/, I'm new to working on projects in general. I took an intro machinist course recently, which was pretty fun, and I want to start making more stuff.

One of my biggest obstacles is getting a workstation set up in my 1br apartment. With that in mind, I have some questions for those of you who are also apartment dwellers:

>What is your setup if you live in an apartment? Do you work in your apartment or do you rent a studio?
>What projects do you normally work on (carpentry, electronics, etc)?
>What are your favorite tools?
>How do you manage loud noises? Have you ever gotten noise complaints from your neighbors?
>If you use large equipment, how did you manage to move it into your apartment?
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)02:05 UTC+1 No.658804 Report

The key is organization. I don't live in an apartment but my shop is in the back room of my basement. I have a lot of tools and aquire more weekly. With everything organized I manage to fit it all on a 5 tier metal shelf. As far as large and noisy tools in an apartment the only realistic option is to lug what you need outside and work there. Unless you are a proffesional there is usually a smaller tool that will do the job. I do everything from woodworking to home maintenance to automotive and more.
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)02:07 UTC+1 No.658805 Report

And as far as my favorite tool goes, a good drill will do most everything and I find mine in my hand more than anything else. No shop is complete without one.
Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)02:23 UTC+1 No.658814 Report

I live in an RV so I'm barely apartment size.
The work I do is mostly upkeep of the RV and vehicles, and electronics for fun.
Tools I like most: my tektronix 265b, fluke 179 dmm, fluke 376 clamp meter, calipers, jigsaw, right-angle drill, and a bright headlamp (energizer toughcase).

Never got noise complaints. I only ever saw or drill small parts. Any time I make noise it's for a brief period and it's during the day. I avoid making noise dinner time or later.

Not a lot of square feet in here so I make good use of shelves, lots of pegboard, and a screw in the wall here and there.
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