Fjr writes: “I’m looking into renting some garage space for a shop to take on some light metalwork and such. I haven’t seen the garage yet, but I’m told it has a dirt floor. And judging from the neighborhood it was probably built in the ’50s. Do you Toolmongers have any idea what to do with the floor? Should I build a full-fledged floor, just level the dirt real good and lay down a couple of layers of water-resistant plywood, or pour some concrete? Any tips or input are appreciated.”
My father had a similar problem at one point. He’d built a great 40′ x 40′ shop building for wood and metal work, but he also wanted a blacksmith shop. There was a small shed on the property behind his large building, but he wanted a concrete floor. He ended up jacking up the building with high-lift jacks, “inserting” three feet of height into the building, and pouring a concrete floor in the process. I was skeptical, but it came out great.
What do you think? Let us know in comments.
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