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hey guys any type of carpet or something that makes working in the cold garage better? thinking a rug would be nice but seems hard to sweep.. \

 

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This is one of the best things I have added to my shop and it provides great support to the body even with long days in the shop. I live close to you in San Jose and I have walked out onto this with just my socks when the shop is a little cold and you don't feel the cold in the bottom of your feet.  It sweeps up pretty well especially after you  have had it down for a while and it vacuums real well.

https://www.rubberflooringinc.com/interlocking-tile/8mm-strong-rubber-tile.html

I think carpet would be a head ache and it certainly would be a chore to keep clean.  I don't think it would provide support under your feet during long sessions in the shop.

If you want to stop by and see it sometime just drop me a PM.

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Just going to toss this out there even though it was 2 shops ago..  Also, keep in mind that the space was built as a recording studio so, that's why it had carpet..

I had a glue down low pile (indoor/outdoor) carpet on the floor of my shop and added stick down tiles and it actually worked way better than I ever thought it would have!

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Another vote for rubber padding, although mine is a horse stall mat from Tractor Supply. Enough give to ease the back, firm enough to roll machinery over, and insulating enough to keep the piggies from going 'brrr, brrr, brrr' all the way home!

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I had some low pile carpet in my previous shop as well and it's not bad at all. I could sweep it and hitting it with a shop vac made it look nice. The stick down tile stuff would be nice for spills ect.

Though rubber flooring is probably the way to go.

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I have 30” x 60” pads, once made by Craftsman and sold at Sears, at my 3 main work stations. The rest is concrete and 90% of my work is done bare footed. Not a good thing as my wife says my feet feel like sand paper. May have to start wearing socks to bed? 

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I am old and retired, and find the best thing  is to have "good shoes" on . K Cooper mentions being barefoot alot , I find my back will  start screaming . Even slippers is a problem . I could do it years ago , not now . 

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12 hours ago, K Cooper said:

The rest is concrete and 90% of my work is done bare footed

Wish i could do that. I beat my ankles too much and standing without shoes causes me a lot of pain.

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13 hours ago, K Cooper said:

90% of my work is done bare footed.

If I did this it would be a sure way to guarantee that I would end up dropping a chisel or other sharp, pointed object.

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Barefoot? I can see the results of dropping a skew chisel, point first. Or anything, for that matter. I wear high top shoes in the shop which has a bare concrete floor. Never considered anything else in 26 years. HF mats at three work places in the shop- pick up and shake off.

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I know, not the best idea but we grew up where shoes were meant for church and school and after 15 or so years, it’s now church and work. :D

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Check out what David P. at Makesomething.com did with his workshop.  He has carpet on the floor, seemed crazy to me, but he seems to like it

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I turn pens and use the concrete floor to toss the paper towels with the CA glue to cool off. Anything with a solvent or lubricant goes on the floor then into the trash after it has set a while. Basically, any type of floor covering isn't an option for me.

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26 minutes ago, Bankstick said:

Basically, any type of floor covering isn't an option for me.

Same here. A concrete floor has the wonderful property of, once covered in a certain amount of schmutz, not looking any worse with the additional application of more. The convenience of being able to drip & splash without a care overrides the desire for a pretty floor.

However, if I was able to have a dedicated shop that didn't also have to be a garage, I'd do a hardwood floor, oak or maple, sand it to 80 grid, lay down a couple of coats of BLO, Danish Oil, or whatever and call it done. That would never get slick, can still be cleaned reasonably easily, and looks great. I would take better care of such a floor though.

Honestly, I'd almost rather have a dirt floor than carpet in the shop

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