One big part of getting yourself out in the garage is making it easier to do work. One of the things I truly hate in the garage is rolling out and winding back up air-hoses. Air hose reels make life a lot easier, but take some up front work to get mounted. Read more to see how I mounted mine!
I have a Lincoln 83754 1/2″ x 50′ hose reel I removed from my last garage. It is Lincoln’s ‘value’ hose reel series, but when you pick it up to mount it you will find that it is built very well and is quite heavy. I have been using it for years without any troubles.
In my last garage there was an exposed beam going across the ceiling of the garage that I welded tabs onto and tabs onto the mounting plate of the hose reel so it would swivel. This is probably overkill as the reel has its own fairlead to guide the hose back in. Really you could just bolt it onto a 2×10 board and attach the board across multiple studs or onto a workbench (the manual says the reel weights 41lbs).
In my new installation I wanted to retain the swivel ability but didn’t have any exposed beams to weld to. I had installed two units of Menards Xtreme shelving in my last post. After some measuring I discovered that one additional 8′ wide unit would fit perfectly
Now for actually hanging the hose reel. I didn’t really feel like welding on the shelving so I rummaged through my steel supplies and found two 3″x3″ generic use plates that would work.
The red tabs on the reel in the pic above I welded on myself a long time ago. You would have to do the same to use this setup. Normally the back side of the mounting plate is flat with 4 holes for bolting.
I took a shortcut on the supply line and just used a 50′ 1/2″ rubber line. What I really should have done was use copper, or one of the air supply line kits available. I ran out of time to do a permanently installed air supply line kit. The benefit of air supply line kits is that they help cool the air (it is aluminum tubing sandwiched with polyethylene), add air drops, and drain points.
As a side project during this project, I put up some wall protection behind my welding table. It is just a ~5ft x ~5ft sheet of aluminum. A couple of washers and screws into studs made for a simple install. At my last house I didn’t do this and the sheetrock was pretty beat up behind the table by the time we moved out.
Hope this helps your project or gives you some ideas. The point here today is that with a little extra work up front you can make it easier to do work in your shop down the road.
Hose reels and organization remove the barriers to getting started on projects, it is no different than the fitness junkies that tell you to put your running sneakers by your bed. Now you can be motivated enough to fill your tires at home instead of going to the local gas station and waiting FOREVER for the crappy pump to top off your tires.
Now YOU, go outside and work on something.