Hello, it was recently brought to my attention that some plans of mine may viloate building code and I wanted to get some more clarification.
I have a 3 garages, a two car non-insulated garage, and a one car insulated one. I am turning the one car garage into a shop/man cave.
I would like the shop to be climate controlled. I was planning on running a duct t'ed off of my living space to the shop. A couple of folks on here mentioned that that may be against code because CO would now have a direct route into the living space.
However I know that garages are converted into rooms all of the time. So my question is: who decides if it's a room or not?
The shop will never have a car in it while I'm living here. As I noted, I have two other garages. It has hand tools, an air compressor, tv, fridge, etc. no vehicles, no harsh chemicals. So while I'm living here, for all intents are purposes, it is a room, not a garage.
When I move out, could I just disconnect the duct work, and put a plate over the hole in the ceiling of the shop, so that it meets code if the next owner wishes to use it as a garage? That way it would not be endangering them should they store a vehicle in it.
Any comments or suggestions are appreciated.
So in summary of all the posts, I cannot hook it up to the central AC of my home without jumping through alot of hoops it seems.
So now the question of this thread becomes: i want to cool the shop. I want to do it as inexpensively, and with modifying or cutting/drilling as little as possible, and without violating any code. What method should I use?
The alternatives proposed have been:
1. window units - I do not have a window, and I am not willing to cut a large hole in an exterior wall.
2. portable AC unit - I've heard they perform questionably, but I'd like to hear input from someone who has one. Also wondering if I can run the exhaust into the attic rather than cutting a hole in the wall or door.
similar to this one:http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0COEBEPMCMAE
3. ductless AC units - the most intriguing so far. Wondering if I can do this myself or if it would need professional installation.