Basement Workshop: Revised #1: Flooded Shop, What a Mess!

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Blog entry by Blair Helgason posted 06-04-2010 11:15 PM 1675 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, even though my shop was functioning just fine I’m forced to reorganize. Now don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t perfect by any means but since I’ll have to clear out the basement completely anyways I might as well re-assess the situation.

Idealistic Plan of Action:

#1. Fix the root of the problem: I had problems with back-up from the drain as well as some leaking in the foundation. My plumber Brother-In-Law is going to help me out with the back up problem and I’m looking into polyurethane injection for the leaks.

#2. Address the Ugly Floor: I’d like to coat the floor with an Epoxy Resin coating to help level out some of the dips that the water likes to settle in as well as smooth out all of the rough spots that make the floor impossible to clean.

#3. Reorganize the shop: Since everything needs to be removed from the basement anyway I figure it’s a great time to make the shop a little more functional. I’d like to incorporate a lot more closed storage to keep things clean and maybe figure out a way to make better use of the space. I’d love to be able to have my bench in the centre of the room so I can walk around it instead of being against a wall.

Anyways, that’s the plan. I’ll keep you guys updated with photos as I go and, as always, comments and suggestions are welcome. Thanks for reading,


-- Blair

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#1 posted 06-04-2010 11:39 PM

Hey Blair
It sounds like it might be a good set up for sleepers and a fllooting floor if you have head room.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 06-05-2010 12:27 AM

Head room… makes a big difference. Instead of hanging a ceiling, I used boards right on the floor joists to get ceiling as high as possible. Used drywall… I wish I would have hung newer sound deadening drywall….

Floating floor is great. Easy on legs. Helps temp control. Easy to roll stuff around. Not good for wet environment. Wall leaked. Had to replace a section of floor. Patched wall with injected epoxy inside… dug to footings on exterior and installed waterproof patch. Problem developed full year after basement was finished. Ugh.

Dust control… didn’t plan on it… should have…

Lots of lighting, even though basement has four windows.

Did not leave enough unfinished space for storage. Well, I did finished storage… that the Mrs confiscated…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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Blair Helgason

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#3 posted 06-05-2010 04:41 AM

Unfortunately guys, I do not have the head room for a floating floor. I’ve got just over 6ft at the highest point. That’s why the epoxy seemed like a good solution. It’s also a pretty humid environment so I have to think about that as well. I’ve still got a lot of research to do but it worked really well at the office I work at. It’s a studio space with an impossible to clean concrete floor. The epoxy really finished it off nice.

-- Blair

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#4 posted 06-05-2010 08:24 PM

Blair, Soory to hear about the flooding. I have been there, good plan in taking the time to reorganize and set up shop anew. Look forward to seeing the efforts.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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