Ten Steps To Creating The Perfect Man Cave

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The man cave. A mythical masculine lair filled with automotive goodies and toys designed to make a man happy. Here's how to create your very own man cave in ten easy steps.

Some may call it a garage. Some may even call it a workshop. But we know what it's really all about. It's about you and creating your very own secret lair designed to help you relax around your very own, hard-earned collection of man toys. Take a walk below through our ten steps to creating the perfect man cave, then give us your pictures of your own man cave in the comments below.

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Uhhhh....yeah, no.

First off, for flooring, you want to be able to SEE that bolt you dropped so go with a NON-SPECKLED finish, preferably a light colored floor paint that is heat resistant so it doesn't peel when the hot tires roll across it. Something like this:


Secondly, forget those 4 post lifts. They are only half as useful. BEND-PAK has some nice stuff but Dannmar has a 2 post lift that holds 9,000 pounds but will fit in a ceiling as low as 9.5 feet and only runs you about $2K.


Still too tall? get the MaxJax:


best part is, both are chassis lifts.

Lightning? Forget the recessed canister crap. Fluorescents in the typical 6 foot lengths down the center of the garage and along the sides. That will give you ample lightning and cost a fraction of what the canister lighting would in both initial cost and the electrical bill. Leaves more room in your breaker box for big power items like a welder, air compressor, tire machine and wheel balancer.

No games in the garage. The garage is for work or storage. No movie theaters either. A stereo is nice but I wouldn't put anything of any real value in there since it'll probably get trashed just from the hostile environment that vehicular maintenance, storage and modification brings with it. All that other stuff can go in a basement or somewhere else in the house.

Oh and tools, no need to buy new. There are piles of used tools out there. Just peruse craigslist for a while and the number you can find is astounding. You can also look at [racingjunk.com] for many useful used tools and even car parts. Cabinetry is also quite available. But with the economy the way it, capitalize on some of these small shops closing down the business and selling stuff off. I picked up a Snap-On computerized wheel balancer for about $400 with a wheel weight rack. I also snagged a used tire machine for about $350 and it'll handle a wheel up to 22.5 inches wide. The only reason I left the lift was because I needed an 11 foot ceiling for it and I don't have that. That will handle anything I got going on. Used compressors, welders and torches are out there for fractions of what they cost new. Same thing goes with many hand tools. About the only thing I wouldn't get used is a torque wrench unless I had someone who knew how to recalibrate one.