Workshop Build #4: The pour

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Blog entry by ~Julie~ posted 02-16-2010 04:47 PM 1762 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Laying infloor piping Part 4 of Workshop Build series Part 5: Blocks and insulation »

My husband and I did almost all the work in building the new shop but we did hire a group of men to pour and smooth the new floor.

Here’s the pump truck starting the pour in the north east corner:
pump truck

Pouring in the north west corner:
corner pour

Close up:
close up

Finishing up:
finishing floor

All done:
pour finished

And the pad for the wood stove to sit on:
wood stove pad be continued…

-- ~Julie~

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#1 posted 02-16-2010 05:01 PM

well done ,
leave the cement to guys that do it everyday ,
it’s always worth it !

happy days !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 02-16-2010 05:13 PM

Looking good already!

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#3 posted 02-16-2010 05:14 PM

Looks like a great start to a new workshop. I buily my new shop a little over 2 years ago and remember the slab being poured as if it were yesterday. I sat out by the slab area for most of the day and kept visualizing all details of the shop I would be building.
Building my shop and building all of the cabinets and workbenches can be as enjoyable as building projects.
What size is your shop? Looks like a very nice slab…

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#4 posted 02-16-2010 05:26 PM

enjoying the progress pictures..always fun to see a shop come together and your dream realized..look forward to the rest

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 02-16-2010 08:07 PM

Greg, this is part 4, maybe you missed the beginning of the blog. You can check it all out by clicking on my Workshop blog at the top of this page.

The whole building is 40’ x 40’. Facing the building, my husband has the left side, it’s 20’ wide x 40’ deep, with a 16’ garage door. My workshop is the right side, also 20’ wide x 40’ deep, with a “man” door at the front.

-- ~Julie~

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#6 posted 02-16-2010 08:09 PM

Can you post any information about your radiant heat system you installed? It looks like radiant heating tubes in the pour.

-- --Rick

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#7 posted 02-16-2010 08:14 PM

you are going to love that heated floor.

Question…............did you cut the concrete shop floor the next day?...........otherwise they tend to develop nasty cracks

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#8 posted 02-16-2010 11:37 PM

Nice start!

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#9 posted 02-17-2010 12:17 AM

Rick you can see the installation of the piping at Part 3 of this Workshop blog

I wouild be glad to answer any other questions about the radiant heat.

Roman, no, we didn’t cut the floor, and yes, we do have a few cracks

-- ~Julie~

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#10 posted 02-17-2010 03:44 AM

Getting closer.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 02-17-2010 06:50 AM

Julie, what is the spacing between your loops? I have a pour in a few weeks but have gotten a lot of conflicting advice on spacing – everything from 12” to 24”. So far everyone has agreed maximum loop length of 300ft.

-- --Rick

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#12 posted 02-17-2010 03:22 PM

Rick, there is an excellent guide to in floor heating at the site.
See the Watts Radiant Design/Installation Manual on that page, it really explains everything.

The conflicting advice you have on spacing may be due to your climate, what type of floor you are putting it in or what tubing you are using.

We used 12” spacing, which was figured out by the Wood stove distributor/installer by using graph paper and designing the loops. Since we had the wire mesh down, with 6” squares, it made it easier to figure out where to lay the piping. (You can see that in the photos in my blog part 3) We have 6 loops in total which worked out to approximately 1600’ of total tubing. I do believe we were told that 300’ was the maximum loop, but also what is important is to have all the loops approximately equal. In our climate we needed the 2” extruded insulation under the piping.

-- ~Julie~

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#13 posted 02-17-2010 03:53 PM

it’s never too late to score that floor and not saying you have to but having 30 years exp.,in the construction field…........I sure would.

A client of mine built his dream garage, he didnt score the floor insisting it wasnt needed because of the tube heating…..........1 year later,..........lots of speed bumps. I have yet to see a floor, that wasnt scored,that didnt heav.

Rick, if you go to the supplier of the furnace you purchase, they most often give you a grid and zone pattern for free.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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