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My floor has a decent texture but not so much it shreds mops.
Was that "built in" to the floor epoxy or did you need to add it? I have never done a floor, and quite frankly, I have been scared to try.
 

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All I can say is WOW! I has some issues when I built my 3rd bay garage, but that is small (33' x 15' + 10' x 10").
Glad you persevered and (hopefully by now) got through it.

I never treated my garage floor (it is still bare concrete) because I was afraid it would be too slippery if it got wet. I heard some say to mix sand in it so you have better traction. Is your floor slippery when wet?
It is some but not bad. Yes, I've done the sand thing before and it works. Thank you, I wish it was finished but with all the holdups, it's taking forever. It'll be 2 years August 1, since we started moving out of my old shop. Good news is I've cleared out of 2 of my 3 storage units. That was a relief.
 

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There's always a little mustang sneaking into the picture..
 

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Was that "built in" to the floor epoxy or did you need to add it? I have never done a floor, and quite frankly, I have been scared to try.
Well, I've done it so you have a reference.
 

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Ok, got back from vacation and everything was sitting on the back porch. This time they boxed the color separately from the heavy paint jugs. I called around to friends and everyone was unfortunately busy except myself and Neil. So off we went out to the garage to get this done, with the proper paint this time. So we started by painting the gray floor for the office first, as it was a very thin coat, as we are clearcoating it. We then sprinkled the flakes on it(another story, I have about 50 lbs of flakes left, as I thought we'd flake the entire floor and then clear it, but dropping a nut or bolt on the floor would be a pain to find), and moved onto the rest of the floor. I mixed up another 2 gallon batch and we did the rest of the floor. By that time, the paint was dry enough on the office floor space that I went back over it with a squeegee to remove any flake that didn't stick to the paint. Don't press real hard, just glide over it to get the obviously loose flake up off of it. We went to lunch and when we came back, we mixed the clear and put it on. Done! It looks amazing, so much better than the fast dry did. It still dries too fast, imho, but it flowed out and looks good at any rate. I would say slow dry in about 40 to 50 degree weather would be the best temp to apply it in. Not the 90+ we had to deal with.
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Wow! the pitfalls that you went through at every turn probably would have caused an average car guy to throw up his hands in defeat; so obviously you are DEDICATED! (that, and you'd sunk too much money into the project to back out, LOL!!)! You've inspired me to maybe do a write up on my small 24 x 32 garage; although I had issues that weren't nearly as bad as yours! Congrats on what looks like a super shop!!:thumbsup: BTW: Will you be able to store any of your surplus "junk & debris" in your overhead attic space??
 

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When the company did my epoxy, they mixed the grit in so it came out even and not blotchy. I went light grey, no speckles as either darker or speckled makes it fun finding small parts, like e-clips/hairpin clips etc on the floor. Light color reflects the light better too. All of my drywall is white for the light reflection too.
 

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Wow! the pitfalls that you went through at every turn probably would have caused an average car guy to throw up his hands in defeat; so obviously you are DEDICATED! (that, and you'd sunk too much money into the project to back out, LOL!!)! You've inspired me to maybe do a write up on my small 24 x 32 garage; although I had issues that weren't nearly as bad as yours! Congrats on what looks like a super shop!!:thumbsup: BTW: Will you be able to store any of your surplus "junk & debris" in your overhead attic space??
I'm actually putting a second floor on top of the office and engine assembly room(white floor area), but I'm thinking more of male escape room for that area. I have a ton of shelves we are assembling and putting stuff up on. I am selling off everything I can get rid of too. Thanks for the kind words!
 

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When the company did my epoxy, they mixed the grit in so it came out even and not blotchy. I went light grey, no speckles as either darker or speckled makes it fun finding small parts, like e-clips/hairpin clips etc on the floor. Light color reflects the light better too. All of my drywall is white for the light reflection too.
Same here, white ceiling and walls. I did epoxy on one of my shops with mixed results. I wanted to try the latest and greatest, so far so good.
 

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Once the floor was painted, I rented the scissors lift again and my friends came over to help. We lifted the ceiling panels up and screwed them to the rafters. I purposely left part of the ceiling open as it will be the ceiling if the second floor of the rooms. There was about a 10" gap between where the panels ended and the top of the wall. It was really bugging me, so I had a couple partial panels and one full panel left. My math was pretty damn good. I cut it into strips and hung it with a friend's help. Gap filled. I slept ok that night, lol.
After we got the panels up, I went back to menards and bought more ferring strips and set up the brackets for the lights. I had to order more lights in so I could finish the installs. I ordered 10 more and got the 100 watt ones this time. They are noticeably brighter and will be over the dyno area so that's a plus.
I got up there and started putting up strips, snapping in lights and wiring them up, when I realized that there was a bunch of stuff in the way of me getting to the rear most box in the ceiling. So I started moving shit out of the way. Took me a while but I made a path for the lift to get back to it. I put in the last row and it was done. Looks great and it's bright as hell. I like it so far.
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The next weekend, we decided it was time to move the racks and dyno in. This would empty out my second storage unit, the second most expensive one I had, the most expensive one was emptied in December. So motivation to empty it was high. I needed a fork lift to get a lot of the stuff moved, then unloaded and placed at the shop, so for the time being, we just moved the lighter stuff we could get to. We moved oil drain tank, lots of shelving, 2 air compressors, and a bunch of other stuff we crammed into my enclosed trailer.
My buddy Sonny, the guy who did my concrete came through for me again and said he'd bring his skid steer with forks over and a second truck and trailer too boot. When I asked him, I told him it would be worth 599 cash to me if he could get this done. He showed up with Dennis and the 4 of us got to work. We loaded up the 2 post racks, the dyno, the waste oil furnaces, and every other piece that was in there. Sonny said, we're emptying this thing tonight, lol. And we did. He even had a broom and leaf blower to clean it up. We busted ass and got it all moved. Still have some work benches and other stuff in the trailer but that'll come out this weekend hopefully.
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We started assembling shelving units and unpacking totes if parts and crap I've held onto way to long, years and years. After we got to a point, we realized that the way we had the dyno laid out, a car would be way too close to the shelves and the ramps would be close to the wall as well. So we dropped back and punted. I used the pallet jack and angled the ramps towards the garage door. It fit a lot better, gave more space between dyno and the north wall and utilized more of the center space of the shop floor.
I needed my buddy Sonny to come back over and use his skid steer to move the dyno over to the new angle to match the ramps. Hated to ask but I had no choice. He's coming out early tomorrow to move it for me. It'll be nice to have it all in position and ready to assemble.
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Good friends (and allot of $$$) make projects like this possible, I'm betting theres gonna be a big Thank You!! BBQ in the future...
 

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Also, I'm ready to get the racks assembled and installed, so I called around to places. Turns out the guys that moved them to storage for me went out of business last year. Every other one I'd used in the past was also gone. So I googled and searched and started calling guys. One guy was such an asshat I hung up on him. Other guy wanted 170 per hour, no estimate of how long it will take, and the last guy said 4k. What, does it require a PhD to assemble racks? Sheesh, so now I'm going to assemble the racks and find someone to just anchor, level and adjust them. This is just getting really old. I need this to just be over. I came in from emptying out 4 or 5 more totes. Doesn't sound like much but these totes were packed when we had about 3 weeks to get out of my old shop, so shit was stuffed in totes. Now, I'm trying to organize and put stuff together so I can find it when someone wants to buy something.
Good news, 2 years ago I lost my prescription reading/computer glasses, and I found them in one of the last totes I unpacked. They are in decent shape considering, but got scratched up some. Oh well, I've got them on now. Much better than the 20 buck readers I had to buy. Man have those things skyrocketed in price! Anyway, all caught up now, more tomorrow.
 

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So Saturday morning Sonny came to my house with forks on his skid steer and Neil and marked the floor and maneuvered things out od the way so he could get in to the dyno and the brake to move them. The brake weighs about 850 or so and the dyno is about 2600, meaning there was no way we were moving this without his equipment. Thankfully he is a great guy and was willing to help me. He brought his oldest boy with him. He has twin boys at home that are a few months old now. Anyway, we angled the dyno and I think we got it right where we wanted it give or take. Now begins the assembly of the racks. I'm going to try to find someone who will level, anchor and adjust the racks for about 200 or so each. This 4k crap for a day or 2 of work is stupid.
I will post pics of the rack partially assembled when I move all the cars out.
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I think I finally found a guy to do my racks that is reasonable. He quoted prices for me that were very fair. My concrete guy, Sonny, said he'd be out next week to start on the pad for the front of the shop. So a lot of stuff going on. Hoping it all goes smoothly and I'll have my racks back in operation after 2 years!
Tomorrow we are organizing and then assembling and placing racks. I want to get them all where they are going to be, then Monday I'll rent a scissors lift and we'll wire them all up. Can't wait!
 

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So big day today. I was really sore and worn out from installing 4 struts on an 06 Stratus, thing beat me to death.
Anyway, we had to move everything out of the way and shift/reorganize everything that was on the south side of the shop, where we are setting up the lifts.
We finished assembling the 4 post rack and now that is ready to be wired up and let the guy do his thing.
We moved onto the 2 post racks and after a lot of thinking, discussing and positioning and repositioning, I think we have a plan. We got 2 in position and one of them is pretty much bolted together, just need to run cables and hydraulics and it's ready. More tomorrow.

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Damn I would love to have a shop that size! Great build!
 

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