My shop is like the ruins of Pompeii, that is to say that it is laying under a blanket of dust. It isn’t volcanic dust, it’s concrete dust. The reason for the near mummification of everything is because I needed to grind down some of the high spots on the floor. The high spots and bumps on the floor were removed so that I could install a new floor. I’m installing DRIcore sub flooring panels as my “finished” floor. Basically it is 2’ X 2’ X 3/4” OSB panels with a “nubby” plastic (vapor barrier) underlament. It is meant as a sub floor for wet/moist basements, but I’m just going to paint it for a “finished” floor.
In order to prepare the floor, I first had to clear the floor. Well, half of the floor anyway, as I don’t have anywhere else to put anything. This meant I needed to move all my tools & machines into/onto one half of the shop.
Had I thought of it I would have covered the equipment to prevent the dust from settling on them, but alas the dust has settled all over my stuff. Now ALL my tools & machines, not just my HF 2HP DC, are perfoming very well as dust collectors!!! I will now have the exciting task of wiping EVERYTHING down to “demummify” it all!!! Yea, ME!!!
I was able to install 1/3 of the floor on Suday, then relocate everything onto the newly installed floor and continue with the floor prep & install. It is a pretty straight forward install, as the panels are T&G. However, there are a few obstacles and what not that need to be dealt with, like posts and corners.
I finally got the last section of flooring installed, last night at 10:00pm. At which time, I cracked open several “cold ones”, because I earned ‘em!!!
I still need to install a few transitions/thresholds, baseboards and paint the floor.
At present my shop looks like this:
NO REALLY, under all those tools, machines and DUST is a new floor!!!
This is going to be well worth it though. The old floor was rough & cracked, which made it veeery difficult to move equipment, even with mobile bases. Now things will roll smoothly and easily. Especially my latest tool/machine acquisition (to be pick up this coming weekend):
Yeah, that’s the Rikon 10-325 14” BS with a 1-1/2HP motor and 13” of resaw capacity!!! Uh uh Ugh (in my best “Tim The Toolman Taylor” grunt!!!) Currently on sale at WOODCRAFT for $799.99. There ain’t no way I was rollin’ this beauty around on a cr@ppy floor!!!
I’m traveling 3.5 hours on Saturday to go and pick up my new toy, err tool!!! Well, that’s the plan at least…..
-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow!