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C6Gunner
04-30-2007, 06:41 AM
I'd be really interesting to see what everyone's work area looks like. I'll start by posting mine.

As it's located in my house's mechanical room, It's very cramped, but nonetheless functional. In the first pic you can see my workbench, and in the second, my utility table. I fabricated a short hose that I connect to the central vac port (blue thing) to clean computers.

The only drawback so far is that because my furnace is in that room, it gets pretty hot in the summer (my furnace runs all year round as it heats my water and my in-floor heating). To remediate that, I use a fan to get a breeze going.

Looking forward to seeing you guys' setups!

Steve

C6Gunner
05-06-2007, 01:38 AM
Ok. I understand that not everyone here has a business, and thus, a dedicated computer workbench. But what about you guys that brag about your business/experience? Too much of a hassle to upload a pic???

Too bad. I think it would have been great to see some of them. Pity... :(


Steve

Bryce W
05-06-2007, 10:15 AM
I'll upload mine when I get back to Australia. I like yours though. Do you have a test PC? or just the peripherals?

C6Gunner
05-06-2007, 10:51 AM
Excellent! When are you back Down Under? I'm looking forward to the pics.

Actually, my wife's machine will soon become my Test PC (as I'm replacing it with a better one).

I also looked at building a Test Bench like what's available commercially, but I haven't yet.

Chicky
06-06-2007, 08:13 PM
This is my work area when I am not onsite
The clean area is my side the other is my co worker and he is a male so guess he has the excuse to be not so tidy

Bryce W
06-07-2007, 12:57 AM
This is my work area when I am not onsite
The clean area is my side the other is my co worker and he is a male so guess he has the excuse to be not so tidy
Looks good Chicky. Is it in an store? converted garage?

Chicky
06-07-2007, 12:33 PM
It is in the companys building out the back area of course or eles the public would see that some techies are untidy
Bench is too high to sit at but great height for standing at

focuz
06-07-2007, 04:56 PM
I work only at customers locations and don't have a personal workspace.

Mac
06-07-2007, 09:12 PM
Work area? I wish...
I have ram in the kitchen draws, cases & power supplies in the bedroom, server in the lounge room, computers in the dinning room, mobo's processors & cards everywhere, got stuff in the car, monitors in the garage, cords cables cds dvds hard drives fans etc etc all over the place.
My work area is where ever I can find a power outlet free at the time.

This thread makes me want to get organized with a nice bench. Maybe even a little tech station for testing parts.

Bryce W
06-08-2007, 03:08 PM
This thread makes me want to get organized with a nice bench. Maybe even a little tech station for testing parts.

Techpro posted this awsome testing rig in another thread here, check it out if you haven't already:
http://www.instructables.com/id/EE2TBT57ZHEY95S9N7?ALLSTEPS

Blues
06-08-2007, 07:13 PM
I will try to get picks of my computer piles how ever I have no work area really. I live at home and plus I don't do too much work in my home and don't do my own service anymore. I might start it back up later but for now I work for a company in thier IT department. We do lack a workbench there and maybe I will get a picture of my pathetic work area and even more pathetic computer they provide.

Mac
06-09-2007, 03:16 AM
I have seen a fair few. The good, the bad & the ugly.
My favourite one is the cardboard box style hahahaha.
http://www.overclock.net/gallery/data/500/medium/3916.jpg
http://site.petrastechshop.com/DDCT-01/USPS_CBB.jpg

Bryce W
06-09-2007, 04:38 AM
Here is one of my old test rigs. I wrote an article on it in fact:

http://www.technibble.com/building-a-on-site-test-pc-in-a-briefcase-2/ (http://www.technibble.com/forums/../building-a-on-site-test-pc-in-a-briefcase/)

http://www.technibble.com/articlecontent/briefcasemod/briefcasemod16.jpg

http://www.technibble.com/articlecontent/briefcasemod/briefcasemod19.jpg

Simmy
09-19-2007, 11:45 AM
My home office :) It's in a bit of a state atm, but it's a step in the right direction considering I started out in my bedroom :D

http://www.smg-computers.com/hosted/IMG_0798 (Large).JPG

http://www.smg-computers.com/hosted/IMG_0799 (Large).JPG

http://www.smg-computers.com/hosted/IMG_0800 (Large).JPG

http://www.smg-computers.com/hosted/IMG_0801 (Large).JPG

Bryce W
09-20-2007, 03:20 AM
Love the cardboard box corner Simmy. I have the same as well. All the huge cardboard boxes that the hardware comes in really builds up after a while, takes up so much space and is a bitch to get rid of.

Simmy
09-20-2007, 04:39 PM
Too right Knuckles! It puzzles me how I coped working from just my bedroom and I think no matter how much free space you have to work with, it always get filled with rubbish!

Your PC in a briefcase looks ace. The link to the "how-to" doesn't work though. Is that a Pentium II I see poking its head out? :p

AnotherTechGuy
09-20-2007, 09:56 PM
Simmy look in the Archives March 2006 (12) it is the 5th from the top

Bryce W
09-21-2007, 02:21 AM
Your PC in a briefcase looks ace. The link to the "how-to" doesn't work though. Is that a Pentium II I see poking its head out? :p

Fixed the Briefcase link (http://www.technibble.com/building-a-on-site-test-pc-in-a-briefcase-2/), and yeah, thats a P2 poking its head out, as I said its old! Can you imagine what the reaction would be if I walked into a government building with that? Some wires visible and two red "detonation" buttons up top. I think I would be tackled down (or shot) before I even enter the building.

Jake
09-23-2007, 03:21 PM
i thought you promised us some photo's when you were back in Australia Knuckles... :( i might even post some pictures of my PC and other Desks if i can borrow my sis' Camera :|

Andyuk2007
10-15-2007, 12:48 PM
that chair looks comfy simmy i dont really have a workspace as i tend to fix most computer problems on site.

Simmy
10-15-2007, 09:31 PM
They're only 20 from PCWorld :) Although they're quite shallow so I can't quite get my whole ass on there :p

I would be interested to know how long you folks spend on your jobs. If a job is likely to involve a windows reinstall or lots of virus scanning, I take the machine away. This means I can leave the machine on in the background and it usually works out cheaper for the customer. Plus I don't have to sit infront of the screen onsite bored out of my mind waiting for things to finish. I can usually return them the next day aswell. I think I'll start a thread about this now.

cmonova
10-25-2007, 01:21 PM
Here is a few of our work area:

http://cmonova.com/store/P1010388.JPG
http://cmonova.com/store/P1010387.JPG

tartis
10-27-2007, 04:03 PM
Here are a few shots of my mobile work truck.

http://bigdogservice.com/images/stuff/truck1.jpg
http://bigdogservice.com/images/stuff/truck2.jpg
http://bigdogservice.com/images/stuff/truck3.jpg

Simmy
10-27-2007, 09:54 PM
Very nice cmnova and tartis :)

cmnova - have you got a shop or an office?

Tartis - would you say the advertising on your truck has paid off?

tartis
10-28-2007, 05:11 PM
It cost $375, and it just gives me one more way to get name exposure. I do mostly on-site service, but do offer a pickup and delivery service for $35.

ClickRight
10-28-2007, 11:39 PM
Here's my "office" shots :) Don't mind the mess :eek:

http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/2293/office1gi0.th.jpg (http://img85.imageshack.us/my.php?image=office1gi0.jpg)

http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/6281/office2np5.th.jpg (http://img85.imageshack.us/my.php?image=office2np5.jpg)

breadtrk
10-29-2007, 02:21 AM
Main Service dept


http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y140/breadtrk/desk/HPIM1744.jpg

Billing dept


http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y140/breadtrk/desk/HPIM1746.jpg

Laptop repair dept

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y140/breadtrk/desk/HPIM1740.jpg

Parts dept

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y140/breadtrk/desk/HPIM1743.jpg

SandTech
10-29-2007, 02:24 AM
tartis - Nice logo.
Still designing my site, and working on a logo. trying to get the sand theme in the logo :)
Now same question stands Did the car advertisement pays off?

So far I have total of three cars, welling to put advertisement on back windshiled.

The Goatboy
10-29-2007, 12:43 PM
Hey Breadtrk just so I get this right, is the "main service dept" on the left side of the desk and the "billing dept" is on the right side, or is it vice-versa....lol. the parts dept looks busy too. seriously, all of my computer stuff is in my basement and it was a complete mess as well; I had to spend all of Saturday cleaning and it's still not finished...what a pain.

breadtrk
10-29-2007, 01:04 PM
You can see my wallet on the right side, in the hat. That right there is the billing dept.

The Arrows you see laying around are the collections dept.

tartis
10-29-2007, 07:15 PM
tartis - Nice logo.
Still designing my site, and working on a logo. trying to get the sand theme in the logo :)
Now same question stands Did the car advertisement pays off?

So far I have total of three cars, welling to put advertisement on back windshiled.


I think that it paid off. For under $400, just getting a few jobs in the next 3 years pays it off. It is all about name recognition in advertising. I also have a small billboard that I have an ad. I do not think that I will renew my 1 year contract for the billboard.

Jake
10-30-2007, 05:52 AM
Breadtrk thats discusting lol.

clean it haha.

Shann
10-31-2007, 06:42 PM
Here's my "office" shots :) Don't mind the mess :eek:

http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/2293/office1gi0.th.jpg (http://img85.imageshack.us/my.php?image=office1gi0.jpg)

http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/6281/office2np5.th.jpg (http://img85.imageshack.us/my.php?image=office2np5.jpg)

That two monitor thing is cool man, I've been wanting to do something like that for awhile now, I will when I build my next one!

gadz00ks1
12-07-2007, 11:19 AM
I think that it paid off. For under $400, just getting a few jobs in the next 3 years pays it off. It is all about name recognition in advertising. I also have a small billboard that I have an ad. I do not think that I will renew my 1 year contract for the billboard.

Tartis, I hope you dont mind me asking but what technology are you using for your remote support product? Having the company logo in the setup is ideal for what I have in mind..

tartis
12-07-2007, 02:25 PM
Tartis, I hope you dont mind me asking but what technology are you using for your remote support product? Having the company logo in the setup is ideal for what I have in mind..

I just started using Crossloop. A very easy install that your customer can just hit next about three times to install (with you on the phone), and it's free. I am not using my logo with Crossloop, only for the button on my web-site.

gadz00ks1
12-08-2007, 03:37 AM
I just started using Crossloop. A very easy install that your customer can just hit next about three times to install (with you on the phone), and it's free. I am not using my logo with Crossloop, only for the button on my web-site.

Thanks for the info.

GraemeP
12-09-2007, 09:31 AM
Breadtrk thats one hell of an organized mess you have there!

CDavis
12-10-2007, 11:57 PM
@tartis You're truck looks good. I think vehicle advertising works great. I always look at logos and names on vehicles, especially if it's something unusual.

GraemeP
12-11-2007, 01:00 AM
Heres some pics of my office and server room thats still being worked on.

Office that I use while building the other also use the bed room.
http://www.mcdonalds.net.au/Images/DSCN0472.JPG
http://www.mcdonalds.net.au/Images/DSCN0473.JPG
The soon to be office once construction of the server room is finished.
http://www.mcdonalds.net.au/Images/DSCN0475.JPG
http://www.mcdonalds.net.au/Images/DSCN0480.JPG
This shot has the PBX phone system in it and the baby UPS. Only has been put offline once while things have been getting built.
http://www.mcdonalds.net.au/Images/DSCN0476.JPG
Pics of the new server room not finished as you can see.
http://www.mcdonalds.net.au/Images/DSCN0477.JPG
The daddy UPS for the server room
http://www.mcdonalds.net.au/Images/DSCN0478.JPG

I'll get some more pics once the project is finished CO2 Flood system will be installed in the next two week and the cooler for the room. Then time to start adding servers.

dcstek
12-11-2007, 05:28 AM
I have on my bench (left) a 4 port KVM switch to keep busy during scans, a 2 port KVM for my server and office pc (center) and an area for the laptops (right) helps keep things tidy. Note the anti-static mats under the computers. :cool:

CDavis
12-11-2007, 12:11 PM
Here is my desk which also doubles as my work area. I can't post links yet, but the picture has notes via my flickr account. We also have a work vehicle which I'll get some pictures of when things thaw out around here.

flickr.com/photos/tuxstorm/2101436445/

tartis
12-11-2007, 03:30 PM
tartis - Nice logo.
Still designing my site, and working on a logo. trying to get the sand theme in the logo :)
Now same question stands Did the car advertisement pays off?

So far I have total of three cars, welling to put advertisement on back windshiled.

The truck ad paid off with one web-site deal and a repair from the same customer. Already made my money back in 2-3 months. Brand recognition is important. People will see the truck all over town.

reesk92
06-11-2009, 09:39 PM
bryce what happened to the photos of your workspace you said youd post

DanF
06-12-2009, 08:21 AM
I think there's a new thread about this. I remember posting in it a few months/weeks back.

arrow_runner
06-12-2009, 12:30 PM
I vote that both threads be merged and stickied.

mikcanavan
06-17-2009, 08:51 PM
Hi guys - being my first post and all, I thought I'd join in and show our setup.

My desk is a bit messy, but I run 2x 22" HP screens, 1650x1280 is great for RDP, Bomgar remote support, web design etc.

Our workshop is nearly finished... It has been running for about 3 years now - and has just undergone a revamp to try and make it more 'presentable' and open... less cloak and dagger!

Cheers - Mik (Fivenines UK Ltd)

MrMille
06-17-2009, 10:07 PM
Avaya phone?

purple_minion
06-18-2009, 12:36 AM
Hi guys - being my first post and all, I thought I'd join in and show our setup.

My desk is a bit messy, but I run 2x 22" HP screens, 1650x1280 is great for RDP, Bomgar remote support, web design etc.

Our workshop is nearly finished... It has been running for about 3 years now - and has just undergone a revamp to try and make it more 'presentable' and open... less cloak and dagger!

Cheers - Mik (Fivenines UK Ltd)

Need more shelves. All that wall space isn't being utilized. :D Also I think I need some nice green glowies behind my monitors.

Mouse Mate
06-18-2009, 12:43 PM
My office!

Tesla
06-18-2009, 10:55 PM
My office!

Don't take this the wrong way but if I drove past your car I wouldn't really be any wiser what it is you're offering.

Mouse Mate
06-19-2009, 10:25 AM
Fair comment, but the picture doesn't really do it justice. I usually just leave my car in car parks / supermarket for long periods of time to catch people walking past it, rather than other drivers on the road, because to be honest, I can't say I've ever got other company details when I've been driving.

Tesla
06-19-2009, 01:29 PM
Fair comment, but the picture doesn't really do it justice. I usually just leave my car in car parks / supermarket for long periods of time to catch people walking past it, rather than other drivers on the road, because to be honest, I can't say I've ever got other company details when I've been driving.
How have you found the response from leaving it in car parks?

Mouse Mate
06-19-2009, 01:38 PM
1 job which has nearly paid for it.

I bought them from a guy on ebay for 64.99 including postage, and fitted them to my car myself. I'm so pleased with quality of the vinyl and would be more than happy to pass on his details if anyone in the UK wants advertising on their vehicle.

Computer Brainiacs
06-19-2009, 01:40 PM
I have a back windshield decal and sometimes I noticed people at lights leaning on there steering wheel writing down my info.. lol I deff always read other peoples car advertisements though while driving.. Especially the flashy ones nowadays..

cmonova
06-19-2009, 09:53 PM
Got our new server rack for backups..8 Ft tall and on wheels, sweet deal

edgepcs
06-22-2009, 11:14 PM
@cmonova
I am liking the server rack backup unit! How much did the rack cost you??

cmonova
06-22-2009, 11:19 PM
Guy had it on Craigslist E-mailed asked him how much and his reply was "I need to get rid of it, make me an offer". I replied with "I really don't care, I don't need it just thought I might be interested". His reply was $250. I forgot about it for a few days and then I got another e-mail from him saying "OK, how about $100"....haha picked it up that day. Pretty sweet case, enclosed, shelves etc

Blues
06-23-2009, 01:06 PM
Guy had it on Craigslist E-mailed asked him how much and his reply was "I need to get rid of it, make me an offer". I replied with "I really don't care, I don't need it just thought I might be interested". His reply was $250. I forgot about it for a few days and then I got another e-mail from him saying "OK, how about $100"....haha picked it up that day. Pretty sweet case, enclosed, shelves etc

So your telling us you bought what is likely a stolen rack? I don't buy things off CL becuase the pirces are sometimes too good to be true so either a scam or stolen is my bet with many things thus I just don't do it

arrow_runner
06-23-2009, 01:41 PM
Actually you can get a rack for super cheap off of craigslist. I traded about 4 - 6 Pentium 1 & 2 laptops for a rack 2 or 3 years ago. It definitely wasn't stolen either. People just stop having a need for the rack and then it's a big object just sitting in the way.

MrMille
06-23-2009, 04:51 PM
So your telling us you bought what is likely a stolen rack? I don't buy things off CL becuase the pirces are sometimes too good to be true so either a scam or stolen is my bet with many things thus I just don't do it

I'm curious,
how did you come to the conclusion that the rack is ~most likely stolen~?

cmonova
06-23-2009, 05:01 PM
So your telling us you bought what is likely a stolen rack? I don't buy things off CL becuase the pirces are sometimes too good to be true so either a scam or stolen is my bet with many things thus I just don't do it

No i'm actually telling you I bought a rack off craigslist that a person did not want anymore. Did not know I needed full blown details but he has a recording studio setup in his house and the rack would not work any longer due to new equipment he was using. So when I went to his house and "saw" his studio I understood what he meant.

Blues
06-23-2009, 06:51 PM
No i'm actually telling you I bought a rack off craigslist that a person did not want anymore. Did not know I needed full blown details but he has a recording studio setup in his house and the rack would not work any longer due to new equipment he was using. So when I went to his house and "saw" his studio I understood what he meant.

Only thing made that rack sound stolen besides to me a nice price was the urgency with which he was wanting to get rid of it. I am just saying my feeling on most the CL adds for computer or computer related items for too good a price are that they may be stolen. I don't care to personally run the risk of it.

I also don't honestly acuse most of our more veteran members of much sense typicaly they have been able to prove themselves so I make such remarks in a more joking manner. Sorry if you were offended by the implications on my earlier post.

cmonova
06-23-2009, 07:14 PM
No problem. Remember I am near D.C. these damn people will spend a fortune and then sell for next to nothing...To me crazy..but to each his own.

cmonova
06-26-2009, 10:49 PM
This is my work desk at home.

Dell Mini = Ubuntu 9.04 "dual boot" XP Home
Dell Vostro = Vista
Gateway Monitor/Dual
HP zd7000 = XP Pro

reesk92
06-26-2009, 10:51 PM
Hi guys - being my first post and all, I thought I'd join in and show our setup.

My desk is a bit messy, but I run 2x 22" HP screens, 1650x1280 is great for RDP, Bomgar remote support, web design etc.

Our workshop is nearly finished... It has been running for about 3 years now - and has just undergone a revamp to try and make it more 'presentable' and open... less cloak and dagger!

Cheers - Mik (Fivenines UK Ltd)

dude i loooooove your set up that must be sweet to work in no clutter lol i like the lighting behind the monitor

MrMille
07-01-2009, 12:07 PM
huh? what do you mean?

[edit ah yeah, roof coating seo links, I geddit, it's spam]

seedubya
07-01-2009, 12:24 PM
He means the post previous to his is spam.

NickCat11
07-28-2009, 11:52 AM
Here are some pics of my workshop...

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C6Gunner
07-28-2009, 04:59 PM
Nice shop! I like your workbench.

Do customers come to your office?

NickCat11
07-28-2009, 05:16 PM
Yep, unfortunately I don't have much time to do onsite stuff so I mostly do everything out of here. I do offer a pickup service after hours but mostly I prefer everyone to drop their stuff off. Plus as an added bonus it helps bring exposure to our village here that I am located in. Thanks for the compliment on my shop!

NickCat11
08-27-2009, 05:35 PM
Added another workbench and some top shelving :D

http://www.technibble.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=451&d=1251394469

ProTech Support
08-27-2009, 05:50 PM
Added another workbench and some top shelving :D

http://www.technibble.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=451&d=1251394469

Wow, place looks good! I am not a fan of wood paneling, but it looks really good there.

Are you working out of a in-home shop, or do you have an actual store?

NickCat11
08-27-2009, 05:56 PM
It's a glorified office/repair shop at my main job :)

It's all the space I need.

ProTech Support
08-27-2009, 06:01 PM
It's a glorified office/repair shop at my main job :)

It's all the space I need.

Nice, I like what you did with the place. I see the posters for the hard drive recovery - I just signed up with them, they give you the brochures and stuff?

I have to put up some shelving myself, need to maximize my space - I have a storefront, but split it with my uncle who sells musical equipment. An odd combination with musical equipment and computers in one place, but help's big time with the rent.

NickCat11
08-27-2009, 06:03 PM
Thanks! Yea, they'll supply you with all the marketing material free of charge. You'll get a decent size box from them about a week after you're in their system.

NickCat11
08-27-2009, 06:16 PM
Nice shop! Looks like I will need some more room to compete with you :D

ITMAN
08-27-2009, 09:13 PM
some seriously nice setups here... im stioll working from the corner of my living room!

GeeksInKhakis
08-27-2009, 09:53 PM
Here are pics of my shop... it's in a little strip mall, about 1,000sq. ft. It has one big 'tech' room in the back and a display area up front. The display area is stocked now, these pics were taken right after I finished installing the floors, cabinets, etc. last Christmas.

The desks (and counter, etc) were purchased from a Sharper Image store that was closing (killer deal). I then added pull-out drawers, a top shelf for monitors, and KVM switch(es) etc. We do more service than retail, right now, but I wanted an area up front for drop-offs, retail sales, and possible future classes. Oh...and I also attached a pic of our service vehicle... the little Geek Van.

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ProTech Support
08-27-2009, 09:58 PM
Here are pics of my shop... it's in a little strip mall, about 1,000sq. ft. It has one big 'tech' room in the back and a display area up front. The display area is stocked now, these pics were taken right after I finished installing the floors, cabinets, etc. last Christmas.

The desks (and counter, etc) were purchased from a Sharper Image store that was closing (killer deal). I then added pull-out drawers, a top shelf for monitors, and KVM switch(es) etc. We do more service than retail, right now, but I wanted an area up front for drop-offs, retail sales, and possible future classes. Oh...and I also attached a pic of our service vehicle... the little Geek Van.

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You literally have my dream shop :eek:

Your place looks awesome!

I used to have an XB myself, that thing took you for a hell of a ride when an 18 wheeler passed you on the highway, used to grip for my life haha

I would love to see more shots of the place.

NickCat11
08-27-2009, 11:03 PM
Here are pics of my shop... it's in a little strip mall, about 1,000sq. ft. It has one big 'tech' room in the back and a display area up front. The display area is stocked now, these pics were taken right after I finished installing the floors, cabinets, etc. last Christmas.

The desks (and counter, etc) were purchased from a Sharper Image store that was closing (killer deal). I then added pull-out drawers, a top shelf for monitors, and KVM switch(es) etc. We do more service than retail, right now, but I wanted an area up front for drop-offs, retail sales, and possible future classes. Oh...and I also attached a pic of our service vehicle... the little Geek Van.


That's an awesome looking store!

Cue
08-27-2009, 11:47 PM
Looks cool, if anything to clean! :)

(The car looks ugly as hell :p what kind is it?)

scoop818
08-28-2009, 12:41 AM
Looks cool, if anything to clean! :

I was thinking the same thing. I wish I could get my work space half as neat as that.

ProTech Support
08-28-2009, 06:05 PM
Looks cool, if anything to clean! :)

(The car looks ugly as hell :p what kind is it?)

That car is a Scion XB

dhrandy
08-28-2009, 08:03 PM
That car is a Scion XB
That's the older XB. It's more square than the new one.

Here is the new one.

http://image.automotive.com/f/auto-shows/2008-scion-xb-boxes-out-at-chicago-auto-show/6223085+w630+cr1+re0+ar1/2008-scion-xb-front-leftjpg.jpg

ProTech Support
08-28-2009, 11:46 PM
The one I had was a yellow special edition, people used to stop and just ask questions all the time. It was sexy, but aerodynamically challenged - sucked driving on the highway.

Looked like this minus the rims, mine were chrome.

http://www.clubxb.com/forums/attachments/f2/11832d1248919749-post-your-xb-pics-background-scenery-3717123765_0a61ea153f.jpg

BiG_ReD
08-29-2009, 06:07 AM
I work out of my room as of now I plan on concerting my garage into a workstation. I do more on site work than in home so my room is fine for now.

http://i30.tinypic.com/n3n9yv.jpg


http://i26.tinypic.com/mreljq.jpg

angry_geek
09-01-2009, 01:51 AM
Pro Tech asked me for some pics. Keep in mind we are in the middle of a remodel. I'll post some more pics of the shop after we're done.
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i204/ltpreston/shop%20photos/DSCF2871.jpg
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i204/ltpreston/shop%20photos/DSCF2874.jpg
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i204/ltpreston/shop%20photos/DSCF2875.jpg
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i204/ltpreston/shop%20photos/DSCF2877.jpg
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i204/ltpreston/shop%20photos/DSCF2879.jpg

We have an additional 3,000 square feet in front where our family has a medical billing business. Customers sometimes enter through here and are greeted by a receptionist.
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i204/ltpreston/shop%20photos/DSCF2881.jpg
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i204/ltpreston/shop%20photos/DSCF2889.jpg
We have tried to go green and eliminate as much paper as possible. Everyone of our staff has 2 screens on their desks. We store documents in pdf format in a document management system. Our clients scan and upload documents to us instead of having to make copies of everything.
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i204/ltpreston/shop%20photos/DSCF2884.jpg
This is our conference/presentation area.
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i204/ltpreston/shop%20photos/DSCF2887.jpg

Contra
09-01-2009, 03:42 AM
wow my work area is pretty small compaired to others, but for now i am getting just a few customers so it will grow


http://i327.photobucket.com/albums/k454/contra1971/IMG_3621.jpg

ProTech Support
09-01-2009, 04:56 PM
@angry_geek - Awesome setup, that is a hell of a lot of room!

You definitely have to post up the pics when your done remodeling, looks like it will be a great setup.

Thanks for sharing your pics.

JW The Computer Guy
09-01-2009, 07:40 PM
The system you see in the middle is my data backup system

nibblesandbits
09-07-2009, 04:44 PM
Main Service dept


http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y140/breadtrk/desk/HPIM1744.jpg

Billing dept


http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y140/breadtrk/desk/HPIM1746.jpg

Laptop repair dept

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y140/breadtrk/desk/HPIM1740.jpg

Parts dept

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y140/breadtrk/desk/HPIM1743.jpg
HAHAHAHA About died laughing at that. :) Nice. I thought my office was a mess. I feel like the tidiest person alive now.

NickCat11
09-07-2009, 06:18 PM
That's a little scary.....

iisjman07
09-07-2009, 08:29 PM
I had a nightmare once about breadtrk's command center, I got lost for days

cmonova
09-07-2009, 08:46 PM
breaktrk.... that is SWEET....My wife was cracking up saying it looked like mine sometimes.

frostbyte5014
09-08-2009, 12:14 AM
LMAO I can't believe that was posted.

Methical
09-08-2009, 01:46 AM
I would have to say that GeeksInKhakis wins this round lol ! Nice shop mate, nice setup !

/me is jealous :(

cebutech
09-15-2009, 07:43 AM
wow.. very nice setups! me jealous too :(
wish i would have time to organize mine...

JosephLeo
10-10-2009, 06:10 PM
Well- I'm not anywhere near building mine yet, but here we go. (P.S. I posted this in another topic already)

http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/1639/40508819.png

It is divided into three sections, Base, Counter top and Wall.

Base
Left side will probably become a half size server rack instead of a cabinet.
Right side will become a set of 4 draws instead of a cabinet as well.
Hollow cavity hold up the carousel or the "Lazy Moe's" and also acts as a storage unit for my main computer, printer, and other hardware- will have subdivisions of course so they don't stack on top of eachother.

Counter top
A 3 or 4 tier cabinet that will store all my tools, spare parts and other stuff.
Underneath the cabinet I will probably put a small cavity for paper or keyboard storage.
The counter top (as well as the Lazy Moe and Shelf) have a MDF base with a textured 1/4"thick rubber mat for antistatic properties.
The shelf will be home to laptops and desktops that I will be working on.
Underneath the shelf will be some more storage cavities.
Lazy Moe is a carousel used for laptop dis-assembly and I would imagine is a very unique feature not seen in anyone's work benches.

Wall
The wall will go as high as the cabinet for aesthetic purposes.
On the top of the wall we will have a fan, stereo speakers and a lamp (shown in the picture) for those night time jobs.
On the wall is 3 1920x1200 monitors mounted on Tilt/Swivel/Swing VESA mounts and are positioned just high enough that I can fit any laptop 17" and under without blocking the view of the screens.
Also, not shown is a couple of tool racks on the right side of the cabinet.


I will also be adding a rack for computers and laptops that are finished, or are waiting to be worked on in another unit which will store things like customer information, case information and of course the laptop/desktop itself.

nibblesandbits
10-10-2009, 06:20 PM
Well- I'm not anywhere near building mine yet, but here we go. (P.S. I posted this in another topic already)

http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/1639/40508819.png

It is divided into three sections, Base, Counter top and Wall.

Base
Left side will probably become a half size server rack instead of a cabinet.
Right side will become a set of 4 draws instead of a cabinet as well.
Hollow cavity hold up the carousel or the "Lazy Moe's" and also acts as a storage unit for my main computer, printer, and other hardware- will have subdivisions of course so they don't stack on top of eachother.

Counter top
A 3 or 4 tier cabinet that will store all my tools, spare parts and other stuff.
Underneath the cabinet I will probably put a small cavity for paper or keyboard storage.
The counter top (as well as the Lazy Moe and Shelf) have a MDF base with a textured 1/4"thick rubber mat for antistatic properties.
The shelf will be home to laptops and desktops that I will be working on.
Underneath the shelf will be some more storage cavities.
Lazy Moe is a carousel used for laptop dis-assembly and I would imagine is a very unique feature not seen in anyone's work benches.

Wall
The wall will go as high as the cabinet for aesthetic purposes.
On the top of the wall we will have a fan, stereo speakers and a lamp (shown in the picture) for those night time jobs.
On the wall is 3 1920x1200 monitors mounted on Tilt/Swivel/Swing VESA mounts and are positioned just high enough that I can fit any laptop 17" and under without blocking the view of the screens.
Also, not shown is a couple of tool racks on the right side of the cabinet.


I will also be adding a rack for computers and laptops that are finished, or are waiting to be worked on in another unit which will store things like customer information, case information and of course the laptop/desktop itself.
Pretty sharp. I like it, a lot. :)

JohnM
11-04-2009, 01:45 PM
Here are pics of my shop... it's in a little strip mall, about 1,000sq. ft. It has one big 'tech' room in the back and a display area up front. The display area is stocked now, these pics were taken right after I finished installing the floors, cabinets, etc. last Christmas.

The desks (and counter, etc) were purchased from a Sharper Image store that was closing (killer deal). I then added pull-out drawers, a top shelf for monitors, and KVM switch(es) etc. We do more service than retail, right now, but I wanted an area up front for drop-offs, retail sales, and possible future classes. Oh...and I also attached a pic of our service vehicle... the little Geek Van.

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That is one hot looking shop! Someday I hope to have a setup similar to this. :o

Iconic
11-04-2009, 03:47 PM
I have a small space in my basement but I will get a pic up as soon as I get home this evening.

Blues
11-04-2009, 05:45 PM
I am looking at buying a condo/townhouse where I will turn one room into an office. When it is setup I might get a picture of it I am debating putting in ethernet when I get a place so only my laptop is wireless.

Iconic
11-05-2009, 03:28 PM
Well I got the picture of my small work bench, it is not much since it is in my laundry room, however it gives me enough room to work on 3PC's at once along with my server, which is more then I generally have on hand at any given time since I am mainly on-site.

Wheelie
11-06-2009, 11:26 PM
Great thread!

I am running about 20 to 25 PC's a week through my shop so things are a bit messy so please forgive me. I have spots for 5 PC's at one time.
Some times I do laptops on the kitchen counter when I'm real busy.

http://www.page-computers.com/temp/magnum/Shop-1.jpg

http://www.page-computers.com/temp/magnum/Shop-2.jpg

http://www.page-computers.com/temp/magnum/Shop-3.jpg

The Geek-Mobile:
http://www.page-computers.com/temp/magnum/Magnum-New-Wheels-1a.jpg

http://www.page-computers.com/temp/magnum/Magnum-Rear-1a.jpg

JosephLeo
11-07-2009, 12:59 AM
Great thread!

I am running about 20 to 25 PC's a week through my shop so things are a bit messy so please forgive me. I have spots for 5 PC's at one time.
Some times I do laptops on the kitchen counter when I'm real busy.



Pretty cool setup- but I can still read your license plate...and I can almost make out the words "Puget Computers"

NickCat11
11-07-2009, 01:44 AM
Pretty cool setup- but I can still read your license plate...and I can almost make out the words "Puget Computers"

lol..................

iisjman07
11-07-2009, 06:58 AM
You have very nice cars.... jealous :(

Wheelie
11-07-2009, 01:27 PM
Pretty cool setup- but I can still read your license plate...and I can almost make out the words "Puget Computers"
that's close ... but no ... :p

techntutor
11-12-2010, 04:08 PM
It's a glorified office/repair shop at my main job :)

It's all the space I need.

I think you have a great space! I'm trying to build a portable bench with wheels about a third the size of yours. I have a tiny apartment and would like to wheel around a computer and monitor. Any clue where i can see some pics or get some ideas? I appreciate any help! Thanks

Robert
11-28-2010, 08:23 AM
We've not long finished our new shop [OK, well we've not long finished it for the 3rd time, after changing our minds repeatedly...]

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5122/5214073484_66ed715b8c_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10408358@N02/5214073484/)
Service Bench #1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10408358@N02/5214073484/)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5164/5214073410_eb92cf5196_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10408358@N02/5214073410/)
Admin/Office Desk (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10408358@N02/5214073410/)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5001/5214073336_8371eb1fc4_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10408358@N02/5214073336/)
Showroom (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10408358@N02/5214073336/)

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4110/5214073276_3d7aa7925b_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10408358@N02/5214073276/)
Showroom (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10408358@N02/5214073276/)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5205/5213479345_c7c753be70_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10408358@N02/5213479345/)
Techbench PC + Storage (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10408358@N02/5213479345/)

cmonova
11-28-2010, 12:04 PM
Very professsional looking and "clean"...I like it.

red12049
11-28-2010, 12:16 PM
Very professsional looking and "clean"...I like it.

After looking at that, I feel so ashamed... :)

Rick

tech_24
04-10-2011, 06:07 PM
Where did you get your workbench

Cain929
04-10-2011, 10:03 PM
This is a few pictures of our shop... And yes before you ask that is the same stuff they use on metal roof tops. We cut it down and made it the front of the counter, the added benefit is that we put magnet backs on our cards and people just take them when they want them.. People love the fact they can see us working on their computers.

AlexSno
04-13-2011, 11:31 AM
why does everybody have two PC main unites ?

DavidF
04-13-2011, 01:11 PM
(Edit Oops)
@ breadtrk
I'm not worthy, that is impressive.
The billing dept. doubly so.
I was going to post pics but now I'm suffering chaos envy.

iisjman07
04-13-2011, 01:31 PM
Here are some pictures; it's hard to understand the layout of the workshop from the photos I've taken, but it's pretty simple in reality:

anth
04-16-2011, 10:50 PM
Ok..I will join in the fun..here some pics..

callthatgirl
04-17-2011, 02:59 AM
The home command center. It's usually this tidy, the one at work is a wreck. That's Frankie under the desk. Take note of his awesome goatee!

:phttp://i427.photobucket.com/albums/pp359/callthatgirl/commandcenter1.jpg

vdub12
04-17-2011, 09:12 AM
http://www.page-computers.com/temp/magnum/Magnum-Rear-1a.jpg

Love the Porsche convertible. Thats when I know i have made it when I have a 911 in my driveway. However, I was not aware that Porsche started making the Turbo in a convertible. I thought they didn't offer the turbo in a rag top.

AlexSno
04-19-2011, 12:45 PM
And that is his workplace?
Where do i sign to your business? :P

AJ.
04-20-2011, 05:23 PM
Love the Porsche convertible. Thats when I know i have made it when I have a 911 in my driveway. However, I was not aware that Porsche started making the Turbo in a convertible. I thought they didn't offer the turbo in a rag top.

Years ago Porsche didn't sell Turbo convertibles.
Then they realized people had the money, and the desire for them.
Now they sell 'em a lot!

=====
On-topic:
Amazing work places you guys have here!!

TechLoopPC
04-22-2011, 04:12 AM
I wonder if having the Porsche in the driveway scares away customers :P

I drive an older Cadillac CTS and clients always joke that I'm gonna jack up their invoice to make my car payment. :P

kmeyntz
05-27-2011, 06:49 PM
My office is located on the main street of my city so I am easy for customers to find and the parking has never been an issue for customers. I do 90% of my work onsite or remotely so I do not need a big space. I have 2x 4port kvm's so I can work on up to 8 PC's at one time but usually only have about 7-14 a week in the shop so I am not too worried about getting crowded.

Benchtech
05-27-2011, 07:08 PM
My office is located on the main street of my city so I am easy for customers to find and the parking has never been an issue for customers. I do 90% of my work onsite or remotely so I do not need a big space. I have 2x 4port kvm's so I can work on up to 8 PC's at one time but usually only have about 7-14 a week in the shop so I am not too worried about getting crowded.

I envy your, Lanboy Air sitting their unused/unwanted poor thing...

Wheelie
05-27-2011, 10:24 PM
I wonder if having the Porsche in the driveway scares away customers
No. I have a lot of customers that drive as nice or nicer cars.

Here's my latest toy: :p

http://i.min.us/jczFaY.JPG

TimJacobs
05-28-2011, 03:08 AM
No. I have a lot of customers that drive as nice or nicer cars.

Here's my latest toy: :p

http://i.min.us/jczFaY.JPG

I need to get one of those to play around with......

SmithFamilyDesigns
05-28-2011, 04:12 AM
Truthfully, until I actually get the area cleaned up from the past few weeks of hecticness, I'd be too embarrassed to show pictures of it. There are some great looking work spaces (and toys) on here though!

kudochop
05-28-2011, 06:28 PM
I don't have a decent camera handy and these are pics I took with my phone.

This is the front of my shop I have a workbench with 3 monitors, 2 of them are hooked up to 4port kvm switches the other monitor mounted on the wall is where i hookup customers computers for a quick diagnosis.

The front counter cost me $100, purchased it at a local wood recycling center and refinished it myself.

The workbench is made of 2x4's and an 8' counter top I picked up at lowes. It's mounted to the wall and cost a total of $150. All of my networking equipment and kvm switches/power strips are mounted to the bottom side with screws and zip ties to keep the appearance nice. It leaves plenty of space for computers on the floor.

I have more room in the back, its about a 950sq ft location but most of my initial money and design effort/time went into the front for the customer interaction.

Ill take some higher quality pics and pictures of the back rooms once I get a better camera.

Benchtech
05-28-2011, 07:55 PM
Ok, here is my humble mess...I did all this with $600.

(could only upload 5 at a time so I linked to my pB account)
Lobby (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v489/BenS/Store/111_0004.jpg)
Retail (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v489/BenS/Store/111_0005.jpg)
Parts and *Malwarebytes specials from NewEgg* (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v489/BenS/Store/111_0006.jpg)

buzzcut
05-28-2011, 10:06 PM
I have just under 100 sq feet for myself and then again there's always the kitchen table :D

Rob
06-08-2011, 11:12 AM
A few pics of our shop.

http://www.yamcom.com.au/images/shop/img-2http://www.yamcom.com.au/images/shop/img-3

http://www.yamcom.com.au/images/shop/img-4http://www.yamcom.com.au/images/shop/img-5

http://www.yamcom.com.au/images/shop/img-1http://www.yamcom.com.au/images/shop/img-7

TopLevelComp
06-08-2011, 07:24 PM
Talk about a nice shop!

Martyn
06-08-2011, 07:26 PM
Yes very nice, something to aspire to certainly.

BryanLee
06-08-2011, 07:36 PM
Nice Star Wars collection on the back wall.

RichmondTech
06-08-2011, 11:51 PM
Dang, that's pretty pimpin. What arcade game is that and is that an item for sale or do customers just play it?

Rob
06-09-2011, 12:34 AM
Thanks for the nice comments, although when I look at the pics all I see is more stuff to be done! I am a self-confessed Star Wars tragic, and my wife was extremely happy for me to move all the crap out of the house and down to the shop. It makes an interesting talking point for customers and removes a bit of the heavy focus on computers.

I've found making the shop a bit less 'computery' has worked well for us, by getting more people into the shop and browsing around who wouldn't normally be interested in computer stuff. Personally I find many computer/repair shops a bit intimidating with the concentrated nerdiness on display, and I've thought it probably scares off a lot of potential customers (that's why my Star Wars collection is out the back, nerdiness levels peak into the red out there!).

My neighbour is a professional photographer, and we display a lot of his work on our walls rather than tech posters. It really draws people in, and more than a few stay to browse, ask questions, or buy. There's also a cabinet full of old Exacta cameras of my dads, a manual typewriter that is a kid-magnet, and a small workbench for the littlies to bash on while mum and dad are busy buying up big.

This stuff just alters the focus of the shop a little and makes it a bit more accessible to those who are not as tech focused. Getting these people into the shop who would not normally be interested in our line of work has been one of our successes.

Hmm, got a little carried away there. It's got me wondering if this might be worth expanding on for a Technibble article.

Rob
06-09-2011, 12:52 AM
Dang, that's pretty pimpin. What arcade game is that and is that an item for sale or do customers just play it?

It's been fitted with a PC running Mame, an arcade emulator. Why play only one game on your arcade cabinet when you can play hundreds! :) I haven't been able to bring myself to sell them (apart from the fact that selling Mame ROMs is a no-no).

carlitos31
06-09-2011, 01:07 AM
This the area of laptops for sale. I am re-doing the repair area, I will post pics when done

Steve202
06-09-2011, 10:30 AM
That's a pretty nice setup you've got Rob.

Rob
06-10-2011, 12:05 AM
Thanks Steve, we've been in this location for nearly 2 years now and we're slowly getting it into shape. Still lots more planned for it yet!

PDXMicro
06-14-2011, 12:20 PM
Not as good as a few here with storefronts (I envy you majorly). I run my business out of my garage (one side of it), but I think it looks pretty good. Of course it's not as good as I would like. I simply used countertop's from Lowes/Home Depot and 4 Rubbermaid Base Cabinets. I have an 8 port KVM switch under the countertop where I sit, all cables ran behind the base cabinets, gigabit ethernet on each station, and the bench can work on 7 computers at a time (connected).

http://pictures-e2.thumbtackstatic.com/pictures/39/hzhogr1s1ksp8_580.jpg

http://pictures-e5.thumbtackstatic.com/pictures/39/j4ixz1ecsbzt6w4s_580.jpg

http://pictures-e3.thumbtackstatic.com/pictures/39/a09evgwxci88o81_580.jpg

http://pictures-e4.thumbtackstatic.com/pictures/39/n0l83jm1zn9q5kbk_580.jpg

http://pictures-e5.thumbtackstatic.com/pictures/39/4gvjjp51cpfu9olu_580.jpg

cmonova
06-14-2011, 12:21 PM
@Jeff....I like it alot for a garage it's outstanding. Really like the countertops

ProTech Support
06-14-2011, 02:28 PM
Not as good as a few here with storefronts (I envy you majorly). I run my business out of my garage (one side of it), but I think it looks pretty good. Of course it's not as good as I would like. I simply used countertop's from Lowes/Home Depot and 4 Rubbermaid Base Cabinets. I have an 8 port KVM switch under the countertop where I sit, all cables ran behind the base cabinets, gigabit ethernet on each station, and the bench can work on 7 computers at a time (connected).


Nicest garage setup I have ever seen. :)

PDXMicro
06-15-2011, 12:19 AM
@Jeff....I like it alot for a garage it's outstanding. Really like the countertops

Thanks! I had a light colored countertop before but it didn't look that great so I went back and purchased a different (darker) color. It matches the cabinets much better now.

Nicest garage setup I have ever seen. :)

Thanks!

TechLoopPC
06-15-2011, 05:08 AM
Really great setup for a garage

Are these the Rubbermaid cabinets? http://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-7085-Base-Cabinet/dp/B0000DCBLTv

What did they run you? Look pretty spendy online

PDXMicro
06-15-2011, 12:52 PM
Really great setup for a garage

Are these the Rubbermaid cabinets? http://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-7085-Base-Cabinet/dp/B0000DCBLTv

What did they run you? Look pretty spendy online

Thanks!

That link isn't working for me for some reason (the 'v' on the end I believe). I actually purchased mine from Ace Hardware online and had them shipped free to the local Ace Hardware store. I ended up getting them for about $70 each back then, but that's jumping through some hoops.

It looks like amazon has them for $89.99 a piece with free shipping - which is a good price. The reason why these are a little spendier is it's 1) heavy duty, 2) chemical resistant, and 3) supports up to 335 lbs each! These things are very tough to break.

The major reason why I purchased these specifically is the size. It measured perfectly for a countertop at Lowes/Home Depot. it has enough room on the back side of it to run cables, but the countertop sits on these and becomes very sturdy when pushed up against a wall. Plus I like the fact that the space underneath the bench is all shelving that is hidden and lockable. It extends the "clean" look even further.

A friend of mine who weighs about 200 lbs jumped on the counter on top of my base cabinets and ran down the countertop. Not a single cabinet broke or moved. I really couldn't be happier with this purchase ;) It's good to know when you have 8 or so really heavy servers sitting on the bench, nothing will give way. Below is the link for the cheapest I can find it for:

http://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-7085-Base-Cabinet/dp/product-description/B0000DCBLT

I also have a couple of the tall Rubbermaid cabinets on the other side of my garage, but those are double the price as these ($169.99 a piece and located here: http://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-7083-72-Inch-Four-Shelf-Double-Door/dp/B0000DCBMG)

Rob
06-16-2011, 01:20 AM
Not as good as a few here with storefronts

That's a solid, professional looking set up Jeff. I don't doubt you could make the transition to a storefront when you get the opportunity.

ittechsc
06-16-2011, 04:42 AM
Here's my setup. I have 1 bench just like it on the other side of the room.

http://www.mysealbeachonline.net/mybench.jpg

PDXMicro
06-16-2011, 09:17 AM
That's a solid, professional looking set up Jeff. I don't doubt you could make the transition to a storefront when you get the opportunity.

Thanks, maybe some day I'll have my chance to do that. I work full time at Intel and this is my side business - hopefully I can grow it big enough in the future to hire people and open a storefront. Time and patience I imagine ;)

Fixedathome.com
09-20-2011, 09:27 AM
I've always worked out of a spare bedroom in my house but 4 months ago my 2nd child was born and it was decided by my wife and I that the office should be given to my older son and turned back into a bedroom and the youngest have the older sons current bedroom.

In my garden I have a brick outhouse that has been used as a shed. It's not the biggest space in the world (10 foot x 6 foot)but as the majority of my work is carried out on site I don't need a huge area so i decided to have it converted to an office.

Before
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-DfoBVBCYfTI/TmFjRYXPSeI/AAAAAAAAAbU/k_uaxOpog40/CIMG0533.JPG
Outside.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-cltS_rwT1Ak/TmFjR0mK86I/AAAAAAAAAa8/ggbBT2dn07Y/CIMG0541.JPG
After
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-euH5iqoUm-k/TmEt991o52I/AAAAAAAAAfk/yFK3b5feADE/s800/2011-09-02%25252020.27.19.jpg
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-QcP4woYW2jQ/TmEtw-92J7I/AAAAAAAAAfk/uwEIZYfv-kI/s800/2011-09-02%25252020.26.24.jpg
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/--3ifFzOYmaA/TmEuDL__9kI/AAAAAAAAAfk/k5gW4STCpL4/s800/2011-09-02%25252020.27.28.jpg

I'm really pleased with how it has turned out! I still have a huge storage cupboard in the house so it means that the only things in here are what I am working on.

Martyn
09-20-2011, 09:53 AM
Very nice job. I have a garage conversion 18' x 8' that I work in. I wish I was as tidy as some of the techs on here then I could post a photo :o The problem is I have never had it empty so I could structure it how I want i.e. lots more power points, ethernet sockets etc so there are wires everywhere.

Cadishead Computers
09-20-2011, 10:01 AM
Very nice garage conversion. I wish mine was as tidy as some of these shown here also. But with pc's laptops, and everything associated close by, its hard to keep things in their place all the time. Especially cables.. im horrid for that. Oops.. also paperwork. I detest character building aka filing with a passion.

Nothing is shown where clients can see it, but still I know its not where it should be, ie filed away lol.

joydivision
09-20-2011, 10:33 AM
Very very tidy, I started a bodge on the shed once, but it is the size of a standard coal shed, can't think of the measurements, but I would guess around 10ft long and 5 6 foot wide. I got as fire as putting electrics in (well a bodge, I ran a 13 amp cable from a plug socket in my room and then put a double socket in the shed, and also ran an Ethernet cable there.

I put tiles on the rotting ceiling to hide it, and painted it all white. It all looked quite good, until I started working in it and realised it was too small.

I really love the way your conversation has turned out, but the cost must have been huge if you had to get traders in to do the work. It really does like its been done 100% properly with no corners cut though. I like it.

Fixedathome.com
09-20-2011, 11:28 AM
Very nice job. I have a garage conversion 18' x 8' that I work in. I wish I was as tidy as some of the techs on here then I could post a photo :o The problem is I have never had it empty so I could structure it how I want i.e. lots more power points, ethernet sockets etc so there are wires everywhere.

I know what you mean. My old office was a right mess most of the time and I think alot of it was because I had to much floor space in there! If I could see a gap I would dump something there! Starting afresh and having limited space allowed me to really plan out how to utilise the space and get plenty of power points and Ethernet points in!

Very nice garage conversion. I wish mine was as tidy as some of these shown here also. But with pc's laptops, and everything associated close by, its hard to keep things in their place all the time. Especially cables.. im horrid for that. Oops.. also paperwork. I detest character building aka filing with a passion.

Nothing is shown where clients can see it, but still I know its not where it should be, ie filed away lol.

Ahhh cables and paperwork. My 2 big hates!

Very very tidy, I started a bodge on the shed once, but it is the size of a standard coal shed, can't think of the measurements, but I would guess around 10ft long and 5 6 foot wide. I got as fire as putting electrics in (well a bodge, I ran a 13 amp cable from a plug socket in my room and then put a double socket in the shed, and also ran an Ethernet cable there.

I put tiles on the rotting ceiling to hide it, and painted it all white. It all looked quite good, until I started working in it and realised it was too small.

I really love the way your conversation has turned out, but the cost must have been huge if you had to get traders in to do the work. It really does like its been done 100% properly with no corners cut though. I like it.

Thanks!
Yes I've had a proper job done and it wasn't cheap but it will be well worth it.
Despite the small space I could still quite happily work on 6-8 desktops (KVMs FTW!) and 4-6 laptops. The only thing lacking in here is storage space for parts etc. but I still have space in the house for that!

TLE
09-20-2011, 12:08 PM
That a really nice little workshop, well done fixedathome :D

I hope you have replaced that old braced and batton door though. If you haven't done it may also be worth getting it alarmed and some cameras put up.

I am hoping to do something simliar when we move house, my pre-requisites for the new home require either outbuildings, or a brick garage which can be extended.

So Jealous :D

Steve202
09-20-2011, 12:22 PM
That looks really smart.

I really want to gut my work area out and start again, but the problem is finding time and where to put everything while I do the work.

Fixedathome.com
09-20-2011, 12:25 PM
That a really nice little workshop, well done fixedathome :D

I hope you have replaced that old braced and batton door though. If you haven't done it may also be worth getting it alarmed and some cameras put up.

I am hoping to do something simliar when we move house, my pre-requisites for the new home require either outbuildings, or a brick garage which can be extended.

So Jealous :D

Thanks :D

Yep the door has been replaced and I have it alarmed.

Martyn
09-20-2011, 02:28 PM
I take it you put up a ceiling, were you able to make use of the loftspace above the ceiling?

ProTech Support
09-20-2011, 02:37 PM
I really wish I was handy like that. At one point I converted over a detached garage to a workshop, taping and spackling(?) was a nightmare :p

joydivision
09-20-2011, 02:48 PM
I was under the impression this was done by builders, if not the OP is in the wrong job :p

ProTech Support
09-20-2011, 03:09 PM
I was under the impression this was done by builders, if not the OP is in the wrong job :p

Oh, maybe your right :o

See what happens when I post before my morning coffee!

Fixedathome.com
09-20-2011, 05:13 PM
I take it you put up a ceiling, were you able to make use of the loftspace above the ceiling?


The ceiling is quite high so I've not made use of the loft space. It would be easy enough to cut through and get access if I decide to in the future though.

I was under the impression this was done by builders, if not the OP is in the wrong job :p

Yes the majority of the work was done by builders. I did the majority of the electrics (My sparky mate did the fusebox and I did the wiring off that.)I also fitted a new Virgin broadband point (Sod paying Virgin 100 to do that!) as well as the network cabling.

tekgeek
09-21-2011, 02:17 AM
Been watching this post for awhile and keep forgetting to post my shop pics
we have a shop in the basement I setup about 2 years ago there are two
pages here one page of when I was setting it all up and one of it about a year
later

http://www.thelocalgeeks.com/shop/

nice thing is we have a couch and tv there so I can
snooze while waiting for a scan.

the last 5 pictures are in the next room which we use for storage space

andcorptech
09-23-2011, 09:35 AM
I have been going to post pics for a while but I was waiting till I had a "tidy" day. I now realise that it may never happen, so here are the pics
EDIT: Apologies for the size, I took them with my phone and if I make them smaller they lose quality. I will try to get better ones with a decent camera
after I finally get it all tidy

http://www.allsystemscomputing.com.au/photos/IMG_0552.JPG
http://www.allsystemscomputing.com.au/photos/IMG_0515.JPG
http://www.allsystemscomputing.com.au/photos/IMG_0516.JPG
http://www.allsystemscomputing.com.au/photos/IMG_0517.JPG

joydivision
09-23-2011, 10:49 PM
Posted more in tech only, but this is is the main work corner of my workshop.

http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u141/amazingtrade/myspace.jpg

Still needs a bit of work and tidying up, but it is at least functional. Got space for 4 desktops and 4 laptops all on at the same time (via KVMS).

Quinn06
10-19-2011, 10:47 PM
I have been going to post pics for a while but I was waiting till I had a "tidy" day. I now realise that it may never happen, so here are the pics
EDIT: Apologies for the size, I took them with my phone and if I make them smaller they lose quality. I will try to get better ones with a decent camera
after I finally get it all tidy

http://www.allsystemscomputing.com.au/photos/IMG_0552.JPG
http://www.allsystemscomputing.com.au/photos/IMG_0515.JPG
http://www.allsystemscomputing.com.au/photos/IMG_0516.JPG
http://www.allsystemscomputing.com.au/photos/IMG_0517.JPG

If you don't mind me asking, where did you get the Win7 Poster and the Intel Posters?

NETWizz
10-20-2011, 03:45 AM
That would drive me nuts to have an unshielded light bulb like that right in my face. If it had some sort of directional shroud, it would be fine...

It would also be fine hanging from the ceiling.

andcorptech
10-20-2011, 12:31 PM
If you don't mind me asking, where did you get the Win7 Poster and the Intel Posters?

Intel sends them to me as I am a partner and the MS one I actually made myself , partially from an existing poster and photoshopped the boxed images from the MS Partner portal. You wouldnt beleive how difficult it is to get a poster from Microsoft , at least here in Australia, and when I asked my MS sales rep they said i could make them myself so long as i used the officially approved images they supply.

In stark contrast, Intel are great, they have an order site which I can renew my posters and promo stuff every 3 months or so

Martyn
10-20-2011, 12:52 PM
That would drive me nuts to have an unshielded light bulb like that right in my face. If it had some sort of directional shroud, it would be fine...

It would also be fine hanging from the ceiling.

And me. I've got one of these and it is brilliant, built in light and magnifier which swivels and rotates on all axis.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000B8JNWM

NETWizz
10-20-2011, 08:33 PM
And me. I've got one of these and it is brilliant, built in light and magnifier which swivels and rotates on all axis.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000B8JNWM

That's perfect.

I have one of these... Very cheap, but it does the job.

http://www.amazon.com/Alvin-G2540-B-Swing-Lamp-Black/dp/B001DNFLYS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1319142633&sr=8-2


I still run an Incandescent Bulb in it, too... need the BEST light possible and it gets turned on and off a lot, so no Compact Fluorescent here... I might try a Halogen lamp in it; since, 3100k might be a bit nicer of a color temperature than 2700k (museums use it).

Tony_Scarpelli
10-20-2011, 09:49 PM
And me. I've got one of these and it is brilliant, built in light and magnifier which swivels and rotates on all axis.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000B8JNWM

I see one of these in my future.

dipper
10-26-2011, 01:52 AM
In stark contrast, Intel are great, they have an order site which I can renew my posters and promo stuff every 3 months or so

Yes I've had the same experience with Microsfot and Intel here in Australia.

Intel you can just go online and order the posters and other promo gear. Very well setup and implemented by Intel.

With Microsoft you have to go back and forth with a variety of people and then in the end you still get nothing or very little!

Tony_Scarpelli
10-26-2011, 02:25 AM
Go to comdex or Interop in Vegas. You will come home with dozens of retail quality posters for any sized store. Or pay about $11-12 to Kinkos and print out any you find online.

Hello
05-02-2012, 10:43 PM
What do you think? It's pretty empty

BryanLee
05-03-2012, 12:25 AM
What do you think? It's pretty empty

That's a pretty nice office. What about the work area?

Maniaman
07-30-2012, 03:37 PM
I was terrible at taking pictures of our building as we expanded, but here's the progressions of ours.

Our original workbench, a 6ft table. Could work on 4 desktops at a time and 1-2 laptops. This picture is looking through the reception window at it while we were still working on renovating the building prior to our grand opening.
http://i.imgur.com/Nv7gSl.jpg (http://imgur.com/Nv7gS)

We quickly outgrew that area, and moved computer repair to a much larger extra room in the building. I couldn't find any pictures from when we originally did the move, just pictures I took before we started to demo it during our current renovation process.

Looking in the doorway. It's a horrible mess. The desk hidden by the door is for the technician computer. White table is the laptop table. To the left are the tables for desktops.
http://i.imgur.com/n28nfl.jpg (http://imgur.com/n28nf)

Looking back towards the door from the window. 4 desktop stations with a 2 port KVM allowed us to work on 8 desktops at a time, and 8 laptops at a time from the laptop table. The white stripe on the wall is from where we were prepping to demo that wall.
http://i.imgur.com/8x2rOl.jpg (http://imgur.com/8x2rO)


Alas, we started outgrowing that pc repair room. With my business partner leaving to pursue other ventures, it opened up another room in the building. The pc repair room from the previous 2 pictures is in a part of the building I wish to open up for more retail space. In June we began the process of doing major renovations to the building. My old business partner's office was removed, along with a closet and hallway to make way for another new PC repair room. The following pictures are the new room as we work on finishing it. It's not done yet, but should be within the next week. We've already moved into it.

Looking in from the door. Workbenches span 2 entire walls and half of another. Monitors are waiting to be mounted to the wall.
http://i.imgur.com/9hVFFl.jpg (http://imgur.com/9hVFF)

Starting in one corner, we began mounting monitors to the wall and setting up workspaces. As soon as a spot got finished, we started moving computers over.
http://i.imgur.com/jtd9El.jpg (http://imgur.com/jtd9E)

The following picture was taken yesterday. We finally got the first set of shelves up along the back wall, and began moving parts bins over. This brings us to present day. I finally got the rest of the wall mounts, keyboards, and mice in today, so hopefully the entire room will be finished soon.
http://i.imgur.com/wEptYl.jpg (http://imgur.com/wEptY)

It's really amazing to look back and see how much our business has grown in the last 3 years. We started out with the ability to work on 4 desktops and 2 laptops, and now I will have 14 workspaces that can take either a desktop or a laptop. It's technically a net loss of 2 from the previous room, but the layout is much more efficient, and without the KVMs it will be easier to keep track of what a computer is doing. If I stick laptops together I can fit about 3 laptops in every 2 desktop spaces.

I'm hoping to have the room finished soon, I'll be sure to post pics of it when it's finished.

PCX
07-30-2012, 03:40 PM
Thats awesome man. It looks like you got a pretty decent setup. Keep up the good work and good luck with your business.

Steve202
07-30-2012, 07:48 PM
That setup looks awesome :)

300DDR
07-30-2012, 11:03 PM
Here is a (not great) 360 degree shot of my main data recovery room:
2504

From left-to-right: hot air gun station, raid recovery/file moving PC, PC3000 PC, 4xDDIs, incoming/outgoing shelf, mac recovery station 1, donor parts shelf, "in progress" shelf/stand-up desk.

P.S. Picture taken with Photosynth on iPhone. The best Microsoft iPhone app I know of. :)

cypress
07-31-2012, 01:07 PM
Very nice! I really like it.

PCX
09-02-2012, 09:50 PM
So we finally had a few slow days and got pretty caught up with our current work load, which means I had a few minutes today to take pictures of our work area. As you will see, its nothing like our lobby / retail area . . . :D


This is our main work area. The stacks of laptops you see in the corner is a few of the laptops we have purchased recently for parts or refurbishing. Most everything else is being worked on except for the desktops under the counter that need recycling.


http://www.thepcexchange.com/images/shop/DSCF9751.JPG




Just another angle of the main work area.


http://www.thepcexchange.com/images/shop/DSCF9752.JPG




This area is what used to be part of our reception pickup / drop off point. We had to close it off and make it part of the shop to make room for repairs. On the left side we do mostly cell phone and mobile device repairs. The middle section is where we check in all parts, retail, RMA, etc. The area on the right is where we do the work that requires lots of space like breaking down larger laptops (such as the G73 in the corner), desktops and gaming consoles. To see pictures of what it was before we made it part of the shop, go here. (http://www.thepcexchange.com/the-new-shop/) Its the area behind the original counter and window.


http://www.thepcexchange.com/images/shop/DSCF9753.JPG


http://www.thepcexchange.com/images/shop/DSCF9756.JPG




Normally, there is a bit more going on here, but this is our diagnostic area. Most of these laptops are running memtest86+ or our motherboard diagnostic. The hard drive tests get done in a different part of the shop on one machine.


http://www.thepcexchange.com/images/shop/DSCF9758.JPG




And this messtrocity is my office area . . . sorta.

http://www.thepcexchange.com/images/shop/DSCF9759.JPG




I am a firm believer in sticky notes . . . . they are everywhere if you look carefully. :D


http://www.thepcexchange.com/images/shop/DSCF9760.JPG




This room is way to small to get a good picture, but this is where all the computers, cell phones, mobile devices, etc. wait for parts or response (permission to go ahead with repairs). We also store packing materials in here as well. Several of those boxes are more laptops that we have purchased for parts or refurbs.


http://www.thepcexchange.com/images/shop/DSCF9765.JPG




And this is another small room like the one above used for computers, cell phones, mobile devices, etc. that are waiting for pickup.



http://www.thepcexchange.com/images/shop/DSCF9761.JPG




And then there is another room in the back that used for accounting and inventory.

TechLady
09-20-2012, 10:41 PM
Here's my workshop in the garage :)

Those book shelves used to go all the way down to the floor and all the way across the wall...wasn't easy letting go but we now have an awful lot of credit at the used bookstore down the street.

The first pic has notes on Flickr about where I got some of the bench stuff.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8291/7702635936_6fdb7f82a8.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/slolane/7702635936/)
Mama's New Workspace (http://www.flickr.com/photos/slolane/7702635936/) by Twinmama (http://www.flickr.com/people/slolane/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7247/7702635052_2d3ac55651.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/slolane/7702635052/)
Work bench (http://www.flickr.com/photos/slolane/7702635052/) by Twinmama (http://www.flickr.com/people/slolane/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8147/7702634286_870328f20a.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/slolane/7702634286/)
Circuitboard curtains (http://www.flickr.com/photos/slolane/7702634286/) by Twinmama (http://www.flickr.com/people/slolane/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7267/7702636620_14a35a1dcd.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/slolane/7702636620/)
Raspberry Pi box (http://www.flickr.com/photos/slolane/7702636620/) by Twinmama (http://www.flickr.com/people/slolane/), on Flickr

Alpha Geeks
09-25-2012, 03:59 PM
Not really a pic of the entire work area, just one of our desktop benches (we have 2 total). I took this yesterday because I thought it was odd that we were working on more desktops than laptops at the time.

EDIT: I am not able to post pics yet, but it can be seen at: alphageeks.biz/IMAG0127.jpg

I am moving the shop about Nov 1st this year, and will post pics of the new digs once we move in.

Maniaman
09-26-2012, 07:57 PM
Here's an update now that my room is pretty well 95% finished. Fully functional now. Only thing left to do is put up a couple more shelves, and get electricity to the wall to the left in the first pic. Until then it's still a great space for things like laptop disassembly.

http://i.imgur.com/MGTiKl.jpg (http://imgur.com/MGTiK)

Computers under the counter are waiting to be parted out/pieced together into used computers.

http://i.imgur.com/mLzm2l.jpg (http://imgur.com/mLzm2)

Center island with two tech machines, a server, and a collection of usb drives with various tools on them. By far the messiest right now, I need to clean it up again.

http://i.imgur.com/O7AHbl.jpg (http://imgur.com/O7AHb)

PCX
09-26-2012, 08:34 PM
Very nice maniaman, I like it.

NWPhotog
09-26-2012, 08:56 PM
I second that. Very nicely done.

YeOldeStonecat
09-26-2012, 09:03 PM
Coming along nice Mania.

We're doing a huge party at our offices...to celebrate our 10th anniversary. Catering, bar, tents outside, giving away restaurant certificates and a brand new computer, other door prizes. Invites sent out through all the local Business Chamber events calendars and BNI chapters.

Fixing up our offices nicely for that...will take some pics and post here when they're fixed up.

angry_geek
09-26-2012, 09:23 PM
Coming along nice Mania.

We're doing a huge party at our offices...to celebrate our 10th anniversary. Catering, bar, tents outside, giving away restaurant certificates and a brand new computer, other door prizes. Invites sent out through all the local Business Chamber events calendars and BNI chapters.

Fixing up our offices nicely for that...will take some pics and post here when they're fixed up.

Woohoo! I'm coming up on 10 years in May. Been trying to decided what to do.

ComputerPro
12-02-2012, 03:35 PM
An older photo of our main bench. We have 3 work areas total. Soon to be 4 after some remodeling.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/13180231/Shop2newLogo.jpg

AxlDickinson
12-03-2012, 01:53 PM
Nice pictures. This is giving me a couple of ideas. Loving the Invanders on the wal..

YeOldeStonecat
12-03-2012, 02:52 PM
Very sharp looking ComputerPro.

NETWizz
12-03-2012, 03:57 PM
This is where I get the vast majority of my work done while at work...

It is where I am at now...

http://www.technibble.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=2725&stc=1&d=1354553389

I do ALL my work on the left computer (Windows 7), but I keep the right computer as a legacy reference point for Windows XP because a good portion of our network still runs it...

I also often use the right computer if I am helping the guys out and want to remote control a computer to assist someone, so I can continue to work on the left one... Both have a 27" 1920 x 1200 display. The one on the left is a Dell Optiplex 790 with an i5 and 8 GB of DDR3, and the one on the right is an older Dell Optiplex 760 with a Q9550 and 4 GB DDR2.

Both are on our Gigabit network authenticated with 802.1x. I also manage our have N-Wireless with WPA2-AES, RADIUS, PEAP, MS-CHAPv2 (for laptops), and Cisco AnyConnect VPN on our ASA firewall, Microsoft SCCM, Microsoft SCVMM, Hyper-V, Server 2008 R2 and Server 2012, Active Directory, Data Protection Manager... System Center 2012 End Point Protection.


I don't really work on a lot of computers... it hasn't been my job since 2007. Now I have other people for that :-) but I still help out sometimes.

ComputerPro
12-03-2012, 05:03 PM
Nice monitor setup! 2 27" would be awesome.

Appletax
12-09-2012, 08:47 AM
My office is in one of the two bedrooms in my apartment. When I work on a
desktop I put it to the left of the desk, in the corner, and connect it to the
external monitor. If I have a laptop I'll either put it on the desk or bring in
a work surface.

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m614/appletax/HP%20dv6500t/Office/12-8-12Office.jpg


A shot of my bedroom/living room.
Picked up a 60" Vizio on Black Friday :D

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m614/appletax/HP%20dv6500t/Office/12-9-12LivingRoom.jpg

Jsch38
12-10-2012, 05:38 PM
I like your work area and utility bench. I suggest a adding large antistatic mat to both areas.

Altster
12-10-2012, 06:36 PM
Techpro posted this awsome testing rig in another thread here, check it out if you haven't already:
http://www.instructables.com/id/EE2TBT57ZHEY95S9N7?ALLSTEPS

That's a "cute little thing" but I prefer to do it the old fashioned way with a cardboard box for the m/board to sit on / hang over (for the boards plugged into slots). When I need to test a m/board that is the way I do it and it doesn't cost anything more than what I have laying around. Perhaps someday I shall post pics of my work area as well as my test bench layout for hard drive & memory testing. ATM I haven't quite got all the room that I (really) need for what I do.

Cheerio ;):):)

Montrose Computers
07-27-2013, 07:52 PM
Here are the pics of my shop inside my home. My house was zoned business so I build this shop inside the front door and put a 5 foot sign in the front yard :-)

http://montrosecomputers.com/shop1.jpg
http://montrosecomputers.com/shop2.jpg
http://montrosecomputers.com/shop3.jpg
http://montrosecomputers.com/shop4.jpg
http://montrosecomputers.com/shop5.jpg

bertie40
07-27-2013, 09:22 PM
Some of your workstations are just too sterile. 😳

A tidy workshop is the sign of a sick mind.

So..... Seeing that I have a particularly sick mind, that blows that argument out of the water.

My only defence is that I'm in the middle of reorganising everything.

And,.......As you probably realise, chances are that I'll never complete this, and this is the way it will stay.


Welcome to my converted garage / world.

3295

3296

Cadishead Computers
07-28-2013, 02:56 PM
Like the organised chaos theory there my friend :)

I like to think if you have a tidy workbench, then your not busy working ll. although a nice tidy bench is nice for clients to see, rather than pices if computers and laptops all open.. Swings n roundabouts.

PBComputer
07-28-2013, 03:36 PM
I keep trying to tidy mine but then work arrives, maybe after I have my fire sale on eBay I'll have more space.

Martyn
07-28-2013, 03:46 PM
Maybe we should have an untidy workspace thread? :p I'd have to tidy mine a bit to give anyone else a chance. :D

tarik
07-28-2013, 06:07 PM
Yes maybe I'll upload some pics of our untidy workplace tomorrow.

PBComputer
08-05-2013, 08:12 PM
Here are three pictures of our workshop. The images have not being stages or have I tried to tidy up for the pictures.

A lot of the "stock" will be hopefully gone this week, once it's being put on eBay.

http://www.technibble.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=3314&stc=1&d=1375733195

http://www.technibble.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=3315&stc=1&d=1375733195

http://www.technibble.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=3316&stc=1&d=1375733195

Paul

gikstar
08-06-2013, 03:12 AM
Here are photos of our workspace...
https://picasaweb.google.com/116677543765137661442/WorkSpace?authkey=Gv1sRgCInd-biSkaempQE
The skylights work great for us... no need to turn on the lights during the day time.
I have added about 20 more computers sitting in the racks and under the work benches now. I seem to be constantly purchasing more and more stuff... just can't seem to pass up a good Craigslist deal. Just today I purchased 2 - Dell 22" monitors (P2210t's) for $60 each and a Dell 2007 Ultrasharp for $15 (which replaces the one we just sold today).
We have room to expand if we need to (have an empty bedroom). That one monster of a tech bench I had in storage for about 3 years since we didn't have a place big enough to put it up (a free item that I found on Craigslist along with a full size server rack:D).

gunslinger
08-06-2013, 04:52 AM
Its not much, but it gets the job done

http://i43.tinypic.com/2i6nera.jpg

RoseburgHelpDesk
08-06-2013, 05:04 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7267/7702636620_14a35a1dcd.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/slolane/7702636620/)
Raspberry Pi box (http://www.flickr.com/photos/slolane/7702636620/) by Twinmama (http://www.flickr.com/people/slolane/), on Flickr

How is that Raspberry PI working for you?

RoseburgHelpDesk
08-06-2013, 05:10 PM
Maybe we should have an untidy workspace thread? :p I'd have to tidy mine a bit to give anyone else a chance. :D

But a mess is a mess unless it's and organized mess. I know what you speak of. I have the same issue but I roughly know where to find what I need. :p

callthatgirl
08-07-2013, 03:28 AM
@gunslinger

Its not much, but it gets the job done

neat freak, lol. I have never seen such a clean spotless area in my life.

gunslinger
08-07-2013, 12:38 PM
@gunslinger

Its not much, but it gets the job done

neat freak, lol. I have never seen such a clean spotless area in my life.

Yeah....I'm a bit OCD when it comes to keeping the office clean...lol The desk to the left has 3 storage sections and there is a large trunk and shelf about where I was standing to take the pic that I keep all the smaller stuff in.

Cambridge PC Support
08-07-2013, 01:17 PM
Its not much, but it gets the job done

http://i43.tinypic.com/2i6nera.jpg

you could have tidied up a bit first! ;)

'putertutor
08-07-2013, 04:25 PM
Some of you guys are waaaaay too organized. It'll be the death of you, mark my words.

This is my own little dark and dank corner of the world. This is in my basement, and I had a fluorescent bulb go out on me this morning, so its not always so depressing looking in there. I am in the process of building a 20" long bench to the right of the wooden door in the pic. I'll probably convert the space my bench is in now to shelving, get all the machines of the floor.

Eventually, I'll stud out the walls, sheet rock them and make it a proper looking shop. Eventually...

http://db.tt/Q8E2Gyf2

PS: That red cup is a pen/pencil holder, not a drink.

gunslinger
08-07-2013, 08:20 PM
you could have tidied up a bit first! ;)

I know, I know, my cable management skills suck...lol

SilverLeaf
08-09-2013, 08:06 PM
Well, it's kinda slow today :(, so I decided to post some pics. Currently the humble space I lease is basically two small offices, a bathroom, and a large storage area. The first room is the front office/check-in, the second is my main work area. The storage area is mainly just boxes, my networking hardware, and my server. These pics are my work area.

My bench:
http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk109/hozee4/100_0515_zpsf42d271c.jpg

My "kitchen":
http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk109/hozee4/100_0517_zps786c96e0.jpg

and stuff waiting for parts/pick-up:
http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk109/hozee4/100_0518_zpseaeb52f6.jpg

sys-eng
08-10-2013, 07:35 PM
Its not much, but it gets the job done

http://i43.tinypic.com/2i6nera.jpg

You are sick.

Do you share the space with a surgeon?

:D

gunslinger
08-11-2013, 02:03 AM
You are sick.

Do you share the space with a surgeon?

:D

lol...I just like to keep things neat and organized so I know where everything is. Also, I hate clutter.

bertie40
08-11-2013, 09:33 AM
3322

Computer repair tech : Gunslinger style.

Nice to see slinger has the same pc case as me.

VERY messy cables around the back of the tables though.

Shame. 😜

gunslinger
08-11-2013, 04:08 PM
3322

computer repair tech : Gunslinger style.

Nice to see slinger has the same pc case as me.

Very messy cables around the back of the tables though.

Shame. 😜

lmao......................................

hamrecycling
08-12-2013, 04:54 AM
everyone has very professional workstations

ComputerPro
08-17-2013, 02:02 AM
Hello all,

Been a while since we've posted. Were moving into a new building across the street from our current location. LOT of work ahead! Were thinking of reversing our theme colors for this one (Walls green with black trim) and Blue used as accent color. Currently its the exact opposite. We'll be tripling our space (there's more offices, storage area in back not shown in pics).
Right now its VERY bland being plain white. Compared to our loud colors anyway lol. Here are a few current shop photos and the photos of the new building.

We'll post progress pics along the way. We are starting now and will be done in approx 30 days.

frederick
08-17-2013, 05:32 AM
Hello all,

Been a while since we've posted. Were moving into a new building across the street from our current location. LOT of work ahead! Were thinking of reversing our theme colors for this one (Walls green with black trim) and Blue used as accent color. Currently its the exact opposite. We'll be tripling our space (there's more offices, storage area in back not shown in pics).
Right now its VERY bland being plain white. Compared to our loud colors anyway lol. Here are a few current shop photos and the photos of the new building.

We'll post progress pics along the way. We are starting now and will be done in approx 30 days.

The activities you will have with all that open space

stidham
08-17-2013, 11:53 AM
Here is my work at home area.

http://starbase1.dyndns.org/images/office.jpg

tarik
08-17-2013, 05:47 PM
Hello all,

Been a while since we've posted. Were moving into a new building across the street from our current location. LOT of work ahead! Were thinking of reversing our theme colors for this one (Walls green with black trim) and Blue used as accent color. Currently its the exact opposite. We'll be tripling our space (there's more offices, storage area in back not shown in pics).
Right now its VERY bland being plain white. Compared to our loud colors anyway lol. Here are a few current shop photos and the photos of the new building.

We'll post progress pics along the way. We are starting now and will be done in approx 30 days.

Can't wait to see your new store kitted out!

BillMoney
08-17-2013, 09:31 PM
Hello all,

Been a while since we've posted. Were moving into a new building across the street from our current location. LOT of work ahead! Were thinking of reversing our theme colors for this one (Walls green with black trim) and Blue used as accent color. Currently its the exact opposite. We'll be tripling our space (there's more offices, storage area in back not shown in pics).
Right now its VERY bland being plain white. Compared to our loud colors anyway lol. Here are a few current shop photos and the photos of the new building.

We'll post progress pics along the way. We are starting now and will be done in approx 30 days.

Nice, I see potential there

ComputerPro
08-18-2013, 02:53 AM
Hi all,

Here is the before video of the new shop showing what we have to work with. We will try to video the whole transformation process as much as we can. The video can be viewed here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF3xfPPTdPU&feature=youtu.be

Krynn72
08-18-2013, 03:23 AM
Hi all,

Here is the before video of the new shop showing what we have to work with. We will try to video the whole transformation process as much as we can. The video can be viewed here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF3xfPPTdPU&feature=youtu.be

Dang man, I'm jealous. That is an awesome space. Congrats, its going to look amazing when done. And you'll have a psychologist next door? You should partner up and slip them some cash to insert subliminal messages during hypnotherapy to make people want to upgrade their computers!

acscva
08-18-2013, 12:33 PM
Looks like a great space Terry!

BillMoney
08-19-2013, 12:10 AM
My "workshop" down in the basement

16k_zx81
08-19-2013, 12:22 AM
Pics of new shop's workshop:

Left pic - my spot
middle pic - bob's spot
right pic - spare bench, shared, for work overflow

http://prntscr.com/1m2geu
http://prntscr.com/1m2geu

Much happier now we can spread out a bit.

We have been here now just over 2 months. Walk in trade is picking up, and very pleased to have moved and with the new shopfront.

ComputerPro
08-19-2013, 04:04 PM
Hello all,

Got some painting done along with some ideas for signage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RPaQ-mEzzw

layoric
08-19-2013, 05:04 PM
Hello all,

Got some painting done along with some ideas for signage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RPaQ-mEzzw

Holy crap, that place is huge! I wish I could afford something like that some day. Must take plenty of funds to get something of that size going :eek:

mikeroq
08-20-2013, 03:02 AM
I'm sure he will put it to much better use then the 9,700SQFt building where I work :/. We have so much room and potential but it's just down the drain.

PR Tech
08-20-2013, 06:17 AM
Here is a Google virtual tour link of my shop. Fun things to see...3 Chronic Cellars posters (Dead Nuts, The Unteachables & Purple Paradise) in the tech bench area and the wall clock in the reception area. I had the tech benches custom made by a local cabinet maker. I use raceways to hide the cabling.

http://goo.gl/maps/Sy3vE

ComputerPro
09-10-2013, 03:13 AM
Here is another progress video. Funny thing is we are SUPER busy in the shop right now which puts a little damper on the new shop setup. Murphy's law in action lol.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoQyoo1APMA&feature=youtu.be

PCX
09-10-2013, 03:23 AM
Here is another progress video. Funny thing is we are SUPER busy in the shop right now which puts a little damper on the new shop setup. Murphy's law in action lol.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoQyoo1APMA&feature=youtu.be

Looks fricken awesome man! One question though. Have you considered using your back area for your some of your work benches so you can utilize some of that real estate up front for retail?

ComputerPro
09-10-2013, 03:38 AM
Looks fricken awesome man! One question though. Have you considered using your back area for your some of your work benches so you can utilize some of that real estate up front for retail?

We are probably 98% service and 2% retail. If we get into more parts retailing then we would rather have them "in the back" sort of speak and bring them out for the customer, vs having them handle merchandise themselves. It would help with any theft issues. We will of course have a few point of sale things out like, thumb drives, misc cables etc. The valuable stuff though we would rather treat like a 'counter type of sale' similar to an auto parts store where you go up to the counter and the employee gets the item for you. With the space in the back we could stock tons of stuff if needed. So far this has worked out very well for us so we are just going to continue it. For a while I did beat myself up over whether to have more 'retail space' vs more repair space. We are close enough to best buy, staples etc that we will never reallly be able to compete with those types of sales which is why we focus on the other.

We are slowly getting into phone/tablet accessories and repair, but would ideally still like to display minimal stuff and have the real stock in back.

ComputerPro
09-13-2013, 02:24 AM
Hello all.

Did another quick video. They completed the drywall so we have more painting to do lol. We started prototyping the bench / counter layout with.... cardboard of all things! Works great! Here is the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBkTJ25DXPU&feature=youtu.be

ComputerPro
10-03-2013, 05:44 AM
Finally in the home stretch now. Got the carpet installed. Awnings are down and at the sign company. We came up with a gridwall solution for those 45 degree angles that we have also.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wkwf09iGt0M&feature=youtu.be

BillMoney
10-04-2013, 12:43 AM
Finally in the home stretch now. Got the carpet installed. Awnings are down and at the sign company. We came up with a gridwall solution for those 45 degree angles that we have also.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wkwf09iGt0M&feature=youtu.be

Looks great, I really want to see the finished product.

cypress
10-04-2013, 11:27 AM
Finally in the home stretch now. Got the carpet installed. Awnings are down and at the sign company. We came up with a gridwall solution for those 45 degree angles that we have also.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wkwf09iGt0M&feature=youtu.be

Everything is looking great!! Keep it up.

ComputerPro
10-11-2013, 09:52 PM
Well... we are operating out of the new shop for the most part. We still have lots of stuff in the old shop as well as a truckload of customer systems that need to come over lol. We still need to build the other tech areas out but the middle one is up so we can at least operate on a handfull of them at a time. The move has been a little nerve wracking but in the end it will be worth it. Here are some progress photos:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/13180231/img1.jpg


https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/13180231/img2.jpg

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/13180231/img3.jpg

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/13180231/img4.jpg

markverhyden
10-11-2013, 10:09 PM
That's really sharp looking. You got a lot to be proud of.

BillMoney
10-12-2013, 01:17 AM
Well... we are operating out of the new shop for the most part. We still have lots of stuff in the old shop as well as a truckload of customer systems that need to come over lol. We still need to build the other tech areas out but the middle one is up so we can at least operate on a handfull of them at a time. The move has been a little nerve wracking but in the end it will be worth it. Here are some progress photos:


Looks awesome so far. The grid walls look very nice. Want to see the finished product in video.

ComputerPro
10-14-2013, 04:53 AM
We see the light at the end of the tunnel finally! We have some work areas to build out but its in the home stretch now. Here is the latest video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnXSyBPvjqI

Krynn72
10-15-2013, 04:53 AM
We see the light at the end of the tunnel finally! We have some work areas to build out but its in the home stretch now. Here is the latest video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnXSyBPvjqI

Really cool man, awesome seeing it come together. You guys have done great on it! Looking forward to the finale!

Benchtech
10-15-2013, 06:05 AM
We see the light at the end of the tunnel finally! We have some work areas to build out but its in the home stretch now. Here is the latest video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnXSyBPvjqI

I sent you PM just wondering if you might have any suggestions on how I could mount those grid walls in my setup.
https://copy.com/z89bAMhtiuET
https://copy.com/u9scLJ9z2gTg
https://copy.com/shvHWXTb1Xns

MikeLierman
02-15-2014, 05:29 PM
We've moved from the home office into actual office space. It was just too much chaos with lots of people coming and going. Also, it was getting cramped. After searching for a while, I finally found something I liked, it is a basement office with outside stairs. We're still arranging things, and are gonna build the benches instead of using the plastic white tables we have up now. Overall, I'm very excited. Here are some pics: 3594359535963597

aweston
02-15-2014, 11:39 PM
Google Street View of ours

http://goo.gl/uM4vcS

MikeLierman
02-16-2014, 05:31 PM
Google Street View of ours

http://goo.gl/uM4vcS

Nice! Like the clean professional layout of the front area. Where did you get those posters?

aweston
02-16-2014, 05:34 PM
Nice! Like the clean professional layout of the front area. Where did you get those posters?

Thanks Mike!

The manufacturer reps bring them in with them when they come to visit and showcase their new toys. It's always fun :)