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CaptainKlutz

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#1 posted 05-20-2014 03:28 AM

I’m jealous. Wished I had the space.

I used an old office trailer for general work shop years many ago. It was half carpet, half linoleum.
Carpet was awful to keep clean. The linoleum was great so long as the seams where tight. If it were me, I’d pull the carpet immediately. If I can’t have concrete. My second preference would be new seamless vinyl flooring. If you go vinyl, make sure to treat it 1-2 times a year with an anti-static floor wax to help the sawdust not cling to the plastic.

Also suggest that you investigate and reinforce the flooring as required. Those trailers are designed for fairly low loading values, and often on had one layer of plywood on the 24” spacing floor joist. We had some temporary double wide buildings at work that never stayed flat due a single layer of plywood flooring. If you are going to add large professional or older generation (500-1000lb) wood working tools, I would add 2 more layers of 3/4” wood to the floor (one OSB and one ply to save $$). You may also want to consider adding a few joist if you have an area that will see heavy moving loads, like under the paths to/from the doors that equipment/lumber travel.

Best of luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!


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