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Old 06-29-2010, 08:18 AM   #1
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Lightbulb This may be a stupid question, but?

So I have my garage gym up and running. I have all the equipment that I currently want. My next step was to finish up the flooring. I currently have a platform and rubber under my squat rack.

Last night I added wood under my rack and another piece straight out. My thought was that this would give athletes much more room to do Cleans, DLs ect... than just one platform would. I laid out the wood and rubber and it laid fairly flat. So I went ahead and stained and Polyed my 4x8 sheets of oak and let them dry. Over night as the wood began to dry, I notice the wood started to warp.


My question is if I continue to leave my weights spread out on the floor, will it even the wood back out? And for how long?
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:27 AM   #2
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Re: This may be a stupid question, but?

I am sorry to say, I have no idea how to help you. However, I did want to compliment your gym. Nice!

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Old 06-29-2010, 09:34 AM   #3
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Re: This may be a stupid question, but?

John, its not a stupid question at all, but you might be in kind of a fix here. The problem is that the poly dried in the top layer of the wood causing it to dry out and warp. (as you said).

Setting weights on top of the wood may help in the short term, but the wood will likely bend, at least a little, once the weights are removed.

Your best bet, if the oak sheets are not to dried out is to try to fasten them down to a larger, heavier base.

Hope this helps,

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Old 06-29-2010, 10:09 AM   #4
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Re: This may be a stupid question, but?

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John, its not a stupid question at all, but you might be in kind of a fix here. The problem is that the poly dried in the top layer of the wood causing it to dry out and warp. (as you said).

Setting weights on top of the wood may help in the short term, but the wood will likely bend, at least a little, once the weights are removed.

Your best bet, if the oak sheets are not to dried out is to try to fasten them down to a larger, heavier base.

Hope this helps,

Jh
Would I been better off just leaving the wood raw?
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:43 AM   #5
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Re: This may be a stupid question, but?

As James said, it ain't gonna unwarp. You should get some cheap subflooring plywood or chipboard or particle board and screw everything down to that. A Besides, one layer of flooring is just going to move around anyway. Without the subflooring you're going to be tugging on those mats to get them back into place every single workout.

The stain looks good, btw.
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Old 06-29-2010, 12:36 PM   #6
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Re: This may be a stupid question, but?

Or you can Tapcon them to the concrete!
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Old 06-29-2010, 01:02 PM   #7
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Or you can Tapcon them to the concrete!
How big of a hole will that screw leave if i have to take them out some day.
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Old 06-29-2010, 01:19 PM   #8
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Re: This may be a stupid question, but?

They are pretty small - http://www.buildextapcon.com/concreteAnchor.asp - based on the one you choose.

That is what we used at my affiliate. Just countersink them in your platform so they are not exposed, you can putty over them if you like.

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Old 06-29-2010, 01:31 PM   #9
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They are pretty small - http://www.buildextapcon.com/concreteAnchor.asp - based on the one you choose.

That is what we used at my affiliate. Just countersink them in your platform so they are not exposed, you can putty over them if you like.

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Alright since im running off to Home Depot to buy these screws, my next question is...

Did you screw your mats down as well?
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Old 06-29-2010, 01:39 PM   #10
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Alright since im running off to Home Depot to buy these screws, my next question is...

Did you screw your mats down as well?
Bill is better to answer this, but I used to work out there and as I recall the mats were not screwed down. Those mats (which I have now in my basement) weigh 110 pounds and are 1" thick. They ain't going anywhere.
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