The Shop #7: Happy Feet

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Blog entry by Jon Spelbring posted 05-12-2008 08:11 PM 847 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Just another brick in the wall Part 7 of The Shop series Part 8: So cool, it's hot! »

It was a cute movie, but that’s not the point. The point is that after working in my old basement shop, and building this new shop, my feet are anything but happy. Concrete hurts my feet (and my knees for that matter). I decided early on that I would have some kind of “not-concrete” floor in the new shop.

The existing garage floor wasn’t in horrible shape, but it wasn’t great. There were a few cracks, and a couple of mini-potholes. I looked at several options –
Paint with that garage-epoxy stuff
Raised floor (after I went to all that work to have some head room!)
Semi-raised floor (2×4s laid flat with plywood over the top).

None of these quite fit. Then I found my answer: DriCore.
The runner up was the semi-raised floor, but that would mean power washing and sealing the concrete, laying down a moisture barrier, and lots of 2×4s somehow attached to the concrete. Very time consuming, and with a very low fun-factor. So, off to the BORG I went.

Getting started

For those who don’t know about it, DriCor is a sub floor. Plastic bottom (moisture barrier), with semi-finished OSB on top. It comes in tiles that are about 2’x2’, and are tongue and groove. All told I only lost 7/8” of head room. They are expensive – arout $6 per tile, but man oh man, are they worth it (IMHO). They’re easy to cut, easy to fit, and you really can have a space completed in a day. I took two, but probably could have done it in one if I had pushed it.

All done

So, my story is nearing completion, as is the shop. It looks like I may have run out of excuses not to build that birdhouse for SWMBO.

It’s really coming together now.

Almost there

-- To do is to be

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#1 posted 05-12-2008 08:22 PM

Thanks for the post, Jon. My new shop has a concrete floor and it’s wearing me out too. My old shop was pier and beam with a wood floor. I’ve got rubber mats scattered around, and have the softest soles on my shoes I can find, but it still uses my feet up in about half a day. I’ll have to look into the DriCore.

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#2 posted 05-12-2008 09:24 PM

This is really coming together. Thanks for the info on the DriCore. I have not heard of that product before. It may be worth looking into.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#3 posted 05-12-2008 11:38 PM

DriCORE sounds like just the ticket for my old knees. Thanks for the post.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#4 posted 05-13-2008 05:31 AM

Hmmm, DriCore sounds like the solution I’ve been looking for for my aching feet/back. Thanks for the tip.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#5 posted 05-13-2008 02:21 PM

Thanks for the post, I ran the cost estimator on the company website and it came out to $2100.00 Ouch. maybe I can do this in several phases.

-- Hope Never fails

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Jon Spelbring

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#6 posted 05-13-2008 04:23 PM


Yeah, DriCore is on the expensive side – one of the few benefits of a small shop was that I was able to afford it as my floor.

-- To do is to be

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