Cement Work (almost) Done

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Project by Calgirl posted 10-31-2007 10:57 AM 4251 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello ‘Jocks,
Well, after a good nights rest, I’m ready to start another day which will be mostly cleanup after the full day yesterday of watching the cement men do their work. It is surprising just how tired I get just watching !
The cement work is pretty much complete. There is a little polishing work to do on the workshop floor in preparation for the epoxy paint which they tell me I can not do for a month. We have had so much rain, and the water table is so near the surface, that they had trouble with the forms moving because the stakes holding them in place were sunk into wet soil. Anyway, as you can see in the pictures I posted in my Projects section, the driveway and shop floor are just beautiful. The job took 3 1/2 truckloads of cement, and they also repaired the cracked edges of my driveway where the dirt dumptrucks caused damage in three places. I placed a compressed air pipe from the shop to the wall of the garage so that I could have air in the garage for tires, etc. The ClearVue Cyclone will go in the right rear corner of the workshop where I have two 6” conduits coming up for the connection. The electrician placed one-120V and two-240V floor plugs in the center of the slab for machinery which comes up on the wall nearest the garage. The cement driveway stops just beyond where the 8’ sliding door will be for unloading lumber, etc. I have two water pumps, (one for irrigation and one for the house), and the one for the house is located by the side of the garage in a 2’ x 4’ cutout in the new driveway. I’ll need to build a pump house to protect it from the weather and also from my backing a trailer to the shop door! Anyway, the outside is a mess, the driveway is filthy and the ruts in my grass are a foot deep, so there is a lot of cleanup work to do today. I expect that the construction work will begin later this week for which I can hardly wait.

-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !

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#1 posted 10-31-2007 11:38 AM

Looking good!
Epoxy paint on the floor was one of the four best things I did when I built my shop. The others being electrical outlets at shoulder height, T-8 lighting and lots of pegboard for the walls (‘cause I like to hang things on the wall.) The epoxied floor makes keeping the shop clean sooo much easier.

I just got a flyer in yesterdays mail for protective floor covering. May be called Dura-Coat. Says it dries in 2 hours, which is lots faster than epoxy. Protect Your Surface, PO Box 542, Lindenhurst, NY 11757-9802 888-656-8660
Haven’t had the time to check it out but it might be worth checking for your floor.

I’m interested because my wife wants the garage floor done.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#2 posted 10-31-2007 11:39 AM

lookin good!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Roger Strautman

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#3 posted 10-31-2007 12:06 PM

Looking good. Don’t be surprised if the floor outlets are in the wrong spot after you start setting up shop that is what normally happens with floor outlets. LOL! Looking forward to seeing progress pictures. Thanks!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#4 posted 10-31-2007 01:11 PM

Looks like a wonderful foundation for future projects. Is it safe to assume that you will be building block walls? I did not notice any hurricane tie down bolting around the footer. Best of luck with the construction


-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#5 posted 10-31-2007 01:14 PM

It’s shaping up quite nicely there Calgirl!

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#6 posted 10-31-2007 01:44 PM

I’m sooo jealous! Looks awesome…..I cant wait to see some lumber flying!


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#7 posted 10-31-2007 01:44 PM

I’m envious of your shop, and it’s not even completed yet!

-- Dekker -

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Thos. Angle

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#8 posted 10-31-2007 01:46 PM

Progress is a wonderful thing. You are getting it done.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#9 posted 10-31-2007 03:14 PM

You’re really torturing us garage woodworkers. :-(

It’s going to be first class…can’t wait to see it finished!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 10-31-2007 03:15 PM

I just had to clean drool off of my keyboard. I didn’t know cement could make me go all “pavlov’s dog!”

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#11 posted 10-31-2007 04:57 PM

Wow Calgirl! Its almost looking as good as my shop. Bwahahahah

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#12 posted 10-31-2007 06:12 PM

Way to go! It will be up and running before you know it.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#13 posted 10-31-2007 06:42 PM

Wow! A lot of forethought and planning on this one!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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#14 posted 10-31-2007 09:40 PM

A good foundation for the workshop never hurts. Plus getting there is a lot easier.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#15 posted 10-31-2007 10:49 PM

It is sooo exciting to plan, anticipate and finally actually get construction underway. I know construction can be stressful, but you will have something really nice to look forward to. Enjoy your soon-to-be completed customized shop.


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