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Old 07-29-2011, 05:50 AM   #1
Brad Petri
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Garage Gym Slope

I am about to build a platform in my garage and measured a 0.25" per 1 ft slope. Therefore the drop will be 2 inches over the entire 8 ft platform. The layout would fit best if the platform and rack was oriented that the slope will drop from right to left. If I have to I can rotated it so the slope is from front to back. I thought about putting shims under the platform but that seems like more work than its worth. Who all has dealt with this and what did you do? Would it even make much of a difference either way?
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Old 07-29-2011, 06:53 AM   #2
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Re: Garage Gym Slope

How did you even measure the slope out of curiousity?
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Old 07-29-2011, 07:06 AM   #3
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Re: Garage Gym Slope

I put a level on top of a 4 ft piece of lumber then raised the downgrade end until it was level and measured the amount that it was raised. Not the most sophisticated way but it gave me a rough estimate.
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Old 07-29-2011, 07:32 AM   #4
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Re: Garage Gym Slope

Almost all garage slabs have some slope. The few times I've read someone ask this question the answer has typically been it's not a big deal. If you can move things around so that it's front to back going downhill that would be even better.

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Old 07-29-2011, 10:23 AM   #5
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Re: Garage Gym Slope

When I had mine, I just dealt with it!! I positioned mine to run right to left, but I think front to back would be better!!
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Old 07-29-2011, 10:42 AM   #6
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Re: Garage Gym Slope

You do not want to lift on an uneven platform. I glued boards to the garage floor around my platform and filled the resulting frame with sand to make the platform even. It works well, although roughly every six months I have to lift the platform and re-level the sand. A less messy and more convenient solution I was thinking about would be to put a buch of old carpets under the platform although I am not sure if this would not make the platform 'squishy' on one side.
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Old 07-29-2011, 12:10 PM   #7
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Re: Garage Gym Slope

I fixed this by building up shims from some old cardboard. For an 8'x8' platform the first layer was 7'x8'. The second layer was 6'x8'. The third layers was 5'x8' and so on until the front of the cardboard was about 1.5" high. Then I put my platform on top of the cardboard. This works well and cost nothing except the effort to scrounge up some large pieces of cardboard.
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Old 07-29-2011, 12:47 PM   #8
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Interesting idea with the cardboard. Where did you find that large of sheets, how thick are they? How much do those things cost?
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Won't the cardboard compress over time?
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:17 PM   #10
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Re: Garage Gym Slope

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Interesting idea with the cardboard. Where did you find that large of sheets, how thick are they? How much do those things cost?
I had a few old wardrobe packing boxes. I used those plus I dug a bunch of cardboard out of the trash.
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Some, not much. It doesn't have to be pool-table perfect, it just has to be better than leaving it with a +one-inch difference between front and back
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