My Cozy Shop Floor: Part I, The Cozy Part
My new shop floor is soft and cozy warm.
|Where We Started On Friday Night.|
There are many components to a great shop. One that I don't think gets quite enough credit - and one that I've ignored until now - is the floor. Like many woodworkers with a garage shop, for years I've simply used the original concrete as my floor. It was there and machines on wheels were able to roll on it - it worked.
On Friday of the big weekend, once everyone was on their way I began by moving all of the living room furniture into the dining room. Then I laid out drop cloths and began moving my shop into the living room. I brought my Cousin over and together we emptied everything out of the shop except the table saw, band saw and jointer. Then I paid him with dinner.
I dragged myself up on Saturday and got to work. Unlike many published designs for installing shop floors over masonry floors, I built mine without sleepers. To get away without the support sleepers provide, I used 60 psi extruded polystyrene (XPS) rather than the standard 20 psi. Between the high psi XPS and the diffusion the 3/4" OSB would provide to point loading of weight, I decided no sleepers would be needed. I didn't do any structural calculations, but so far the lack of sleepers hasn't been a problem.
|The gap between the wall and the XPS is filled with Great Stuff|
After vacuuming the floor, the first step was to lay down the XPS. I measured a relatively straight line about 1/2" off the curb at bottom of the exterior wall of my shop. I used that line to set the XPS. I filled the gap between the curb and the XPS with Great Stuff. I used Window & Door great stuff with my Pro-Gun, as I have for the entire shop renovation. The gun gives application control unachievable with the standard can and straw. The Window and Door Great Stuff is better than standard Great Stuff because it stays softer and expands less than standard Great Stuff, making installation easier.
|Air sealing as I go.|
The XPS I used has a rabbit around the edge. I installed it upside down so that when the sheets were laid against each other, the rabbits created a channel which I filled with M-1 caulking. This allowed me to air seal between the boards of insulation.
With the XPS down, it was time for OSB.