Garage to Work Shop Conversion #8: The Rebuild Begins

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Blog entry by twoblacklabs posted 12-16-2013 03:22 AM 2017 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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If you haven’t kept up, take a look at the forum entry ””Woodshop Disaster Today””:

Taking advantage of the situation to do more work on the shop. In years past, I busted up and hauled away (by hand, one truck load at a time), the cracked and heaved concrete floor. It was so bad, you could not even take a step without either dropping or climbing 6” either way. After it was removed, I spread and compacted 15 tons of crushed limestone. Plastic vapor barrier on that forming “tub” inside the perimeter. 25/32” OSB was laid on top of that for my finished floor. Pouring a new concrete floor wasn’t in the budget and frankly I like the wood floor. However, the addition of a furnace has caused the panels to warp. They were not secured to anything since there was nothing beneath.

So with all the damage from the “disaster” and the need to replace a few OSB panels, I decided to make it that much better and solve the warpage. 6” of snow outside with temps in the mid teens makes it difficult to take all the stuff out of the shop. So instead, I’m forced to move and relocate all of the stuff. Over and over.

After shifting all the belongings to one side of the shop, I began to remove the OSB panels. New 2×4 PT sleepers were placed along the perimeter then 16” O.C perpendicular to OSB layout. 1’-1/2” x 1-1/2” thick rigid foam panels were laid between each sleeper.

It has been SLOW going but steady. It would go really quick if it weren’t for having to constantly move all the stuff, shifting from one side to the other. An empty space could have been done in about 1 day. As it stands, I’m about 80% complete after 2 days.

While I don’t have a bunch of headroom to begin with I am giving up a mere 1-1/2”. However, I now have a floor system which allows al OSB panels to be screwed flat. The floor is now flat and interlocking as it should be. It will also increase the comfort of the shop.

Stay tuned.

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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#1 posted 12-17-2013 08:49 PM

Looking GOOD!

At this rate, you will be done by New Years!

Merry Christmas and
Happy New Years!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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