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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nobbie wrote:
Repoman,

Have you got room for a Triumph Spitfire in there? It's only a minor tidy up, not a full restoration. Should only take a month or two... Very Happy


Always room for some spannering space in the lock up Wink

Actually at the moment there isn't. We are having some work done on the house and chaos reigns over my once beautifully ordered garage with beds, mattresses, storage boxes and general crap everywhere. The dwarf chess pieces are running amok too. I'm sure I saw a king take a bishop from behind actually. Shoulda filmed it - I believe there's a good market for garage pawn.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

repoman wrote:
Ah yes, a road I have been down quite recently...

We moved house 18 months ago and part of the deal for buying a virtually derelict dump was that I would be allowed to build a decent garage on some of the land.

Like you a wanted a decent floor for cars, bikes, motorcycles and general tinkering, and, like most things, you find - once you start researching - that the sky's the limit regarding options.

You can pay anything from less than 10 m2 up to 50+ The main differences are thickness, stain resistance, concealed joints, free floating or requiring adhesive etc.

Whatever you choose you need a decent surface to lay them on and that need to be well sealed our dust will still rise from beneath the tiles. I would suggest a self levelling screed and then sealing the surface with diluted PVA glue.

I highly recommend doing it: it makes everything look neater and makes your garage much more agreeable to be in.

In the end I went for ecotile -( http://www.ecotileflooring.com/0 having discounted Dynotile (http://www.dynotile.co.uk/) because their samples felt too brittle. However, if its not a high traffic area you may be able to get away with something cheaper (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/48-SQ-FT-12-X-INTERLOCKING-FOAM-MATS-TILES-GYM-PLAY-GARAGE-WORKSHOP-FLOOR-MAT-/311207895197?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item48756fa09d) but be aware that some tiles aren't designed for much more than play rooms.

I suggest getting samples first. When you lay them, allow for expansion and finish off with some self adhesive skirting for a pro look Wink

Jeez, this is where my life has ended up, an internet expert on garage flooring Rolling Eyes




That is stunning. I have spent the last three weeks working on mine and it looks trash to that. Jealous ? Yup Nice one.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

repoman wrote:


nice--very 'last year in marienbad' Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

repoman wrote:
The dwarf chess pieces are running amok too. I'm sure I saw a king take a bishop from behind actually. Shoulda filmed it - I believe there's a good market for garage pawn.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks all, this has given me some food for thought.

Mainly along the lines of why did we buy a house with only one garage, and whether selling a kidney or first-born will ever get me garage as nice as Repo's.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's not a garage, it's a hangar.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry for bumping...Just my two cents...

I used the lock together type https://10carbest.com/best-garage-floor-mats
for a few years before I had it painted but it didnt last and was an annual job, had them down just over 10 years

In recent years I've had to glue the front edge down and also two lines where the tyres sit as a heavy automatic car will just tear them off the floor as with a auto you are always driving the rear wheels and braking with the fronts, with an auto you can roll in , rubber tiles wont work for me at all but I have a pile that I dot around when working on the car which I do a lot
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