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Epoxying the Garage #1: Day 1 - DeJunking

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Blog entry by Jason Fisher posted 04-15-2009 08:41 AM 1076 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Friday, 04.11.2008… I’ve been attempting for a while to get started in transforming my half of our small 2-car garage into a usable workshop. The last several months have been filled with snow out here in Utah and my desire to spend any amount of time in the garage with the door open has been quite minimal. But with Spring arriving, the weather was calling me to find a project. As luck would have it, my good friend called last week to tell me he had just epoxied his garage floor and therefore issued an unspoken challenge that I too must epoxy my garage floor. Great honor or shame are the only possible options when an unspoken challenge is issued between long time friends, so I had no choice really.

While, epoxying the floor isn’t exactly a woodworking project, I consider this to be part 1 of a much longer series of blog posts as I build up my garage into a shop fit for a peasant such as myself. I’ve never epoxied a floor before but I’ve always wanted to do it and I’ve read about it on the internet numerous times, which is pretty much a lifetime of experience… right? Step 1 is always the same and I’m pretty sure I can’t mess it up: DeJunking. Here are some pics of my garage before I got started.




As you can see, not too much really, but just enough to make me question how much I really want to do this :) The most painful aspect is my wife’s request that I move the Elliptical back UPSTAIRS into the office. It weighs roughly 5 tons and almost killed me and a friend the first time it went upstairs, but I’m sure it’ll go much easier this time with just me trying to move it.

5 1/2 hours and 1 backache later and the garage now looks like so…

And much to the displeasure of my wife, my Living Room and Dining Room / Kitchen look like this…



Now I don’t know about you, but I find a chainsaw to be a beautiful centerpiece for formal dinners, but my wife disagrees. On the plus side, if you’re like me and start lots of projects that never get finished, I recommended that you make your project negatively affect as many other people as possible while in progress. This will ensure that either the project will be done in a timely manner or you will likely be gracing the Obituaries column of your local paper.

The last couple hours of the evening were spent doing the first part of the project that really matters, thoroughly sweeping out all the dirt, sawdust, dead bugs & piles of pine needles from that Christmas tree you left in the garage for a couple months until the fire hazard was just too much to bear. The expansion joints in the concrete were the worst part as they had a year’s worth of sawdust compacted in there and took the majority of my time to get truly clean. Here’s the final shot of the garage after the first day’s prep work.

From Epoxying the Garage Floor

You can find all the pictures for this whole project (as far as I’ve gotten at least) at the link below that last picture, including some additional shots that I didn’t include in the blog post here. Not sure how many days this project will end up totaling, but more to follow…

-- Jason, Salt Lake City, http://twitter.com/Jason_Fisher



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spanky46

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#1 posted 04-15-2009 11:58 AM

Great start! Look forward to seeing it finished.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 04-15-2009 12:52 PM

This is a nice upgrade to your shop space. Epoxying the floor makes clean-up easier and it improves the lighting in the shop as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 04-15-2009 03:04 PM

You’re off to a great start!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#4 posted 04-15-2009 03:18 PM

well written blog, but i agree, this barely constitutes a project. Your garage was way too clean to start. I guess you get partial credit for moving the excersise equipment. lol. Looking forward to future posts!

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Chris

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#5 posted 04-15-2009 03:28 PM

What I want to know is how did you sell this idea to the wife? In my experience, proposing to move the contents of the garage, even one as relatively clean as yours was to start, into the house just so that I could engage in some scheme related to my woodworking addiction, would result in instant vaporization of yours truly. How did you pitch it and live?

-- Chris

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PurpLev

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#6 posted 04-15-2009 03:48 PM

haha Chris….

nice blog! looks like the chainsaw does make a good centerpiece… I dont understand why the wife doesn’t see it?!?

are you going to fill in those concrete joints with epoxy? are all concrete slabs somwhat level with one another? (just curious for future plans…)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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blackcherry

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#7 posted 04-16-2009 01:30 AM

Nice start but now the fun begins, prep work is key to a long and lasting finish, continue wisely my friend…Blkcherry

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