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Bought a house, have some questions. - June 20, 2006, 07:00 PM

Hey ya'll... I bought a house in Winchester (3 Acres, a small pond, and a weird large girage)

Overall I'm a do it myself kinda guy but like to read about things before I do them. I have not been able to find much about DIY concrete girage flooring though. The girage has a 1 car opening but runs the entire length of the house (I bet I can fit 5 cars in the thing). Unfortunately only the sides of it are paved (where the car tires go) and the rest is rocks. The girage is very moist and downright cold. What I would like to do is tear up the pavement where the tires go, dig up the rocks, lay down some plastic or something to block the moisture and concrete the whole thing. -- then come in with some type of girage floor covering.

My questions are: Will it hurt anything if I dig down a few feet? (besides the obvious... potential plumbing/electric/septic/other stuff under it)-- The central heating was an afterthought and they ran the ducting in the girage cieling. there are places where I have to duck and don't like it.

Will paving/waterproofing the girage make the house less cold? The house was 60 degrees inside today (lots of shade... super cold basement) I love that.

will i need reebar in the girage floor? and any issues with mixing my own concrete? If not any suggestions about what type? Most of the posts and articles I've found about girage flooring is about resurfacing it/sealing it.

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June 20, 2006, 07:41 PM

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Hey ya'll... I bought a house in Winchester (3 Acres, a small pond, and a weird large girage)

Overall I'm a do it myself kinda guy but like to read about things before I do them. I have not been able to find much about DIY concrete girage flooring though. The girage has a 1 car opening but runs the entire length of the house (I bet I can fit 5 cars in the thing). Unfortunately only the sides of it are paved (where the car tires go) and the rest is rocks. The girage is very moist and downright cold. What I would like to do is tear up the pavement where the tires go, dig up the rocks, lay down some plastic or something to block the moisture and concrete the whole thing. -- then come in with some type of girage floor covering.

My questions are: Will it hurt anything if I dig down a few feet? (besides the obvious... potential plumbing/electric/septic/other stuff under it)-- The central heating was an afterthought and they ran the ducting in the girage cieling. there are places where I have to duck and don't like it.

Will paving/waterproofing the girage make the house less cold? The house was 60 degrees inside today (lots of shade... super cold basement) I love that.

will i need reebar in the girage floor? and any issues with mixing my own concrete? If not any suggestions about what type? Most of the posts and articles I've found about girage flooring is about resurfacing it/sealing it.

Thanks yall
Congrats on the house!!

Not sure if you've tired HGTV website, but they go more in depth about DIY garages...excuze me-gIrage! Talks about how concreate absorbs moiture, and they also have some info on differ types of floor covering made for girages...DYNOTILE, RACEDECK..ect. You might wanna check it out...lots of info.


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June 20, 2006, 07:50 PM

You're going to want to make a Rebar grid with side reinforcement for better structural stabilty. As for digging, you really won't be going down more than an inch or two for a garage slab. If you do it yourself, remember to put in at least one expansion joint in the middle.

There are several concrete companies in Winchester (yes I work there and deal with General Contractors all day) that will come pour it for you. In the end you will probably be glad you had them do it.

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You're going to want to make a Rebar grid with side reinforcement for better structural stabilty. As for digging, you really won't be going down more than an inch or two for a garage slab. If you do it yourself, remember to put in at least one expansion joint in the middle.

There are several concrete companies in Winchester (yes I work there and deal with General Contractors all day) that will come pour it for you. In the end you will probably be glad you had them do it.

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+1...probably not worth your trouble to mess with it. If you are talking about getting a mixer and pouring yourself....you are in for a world of hurt.
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That big of a pour needs to be done as a one day deal. Sidewalks can be done on a home mixer and thats about it. Talk to Guzz he will give you the hook.


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June 20, 2006, 08:41 PM

I think you're going to want a good layer of gravel under the concrete that you put in. Concrete does need to have the rebar in it for stability so the concrete doesn't sink and crack in places. It is a porous material so it will allow water in (and out). They have plenty of paints that are made specifically to hold water out [of basements]. Your house will still stay cool whether or not it is "insulated" by concrete or gravel.
The basement in my house is the same thing. Concrete on three sides maintains ground temps of about 50 something.


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