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Katiewins 06-02-2012 12:47 PM

Need to elevate treadmill off cement floor
I moved into a new place and the only space for my treadmill is in the detached garage. We've had a lot of rain lately and I notice wet spots on the garage floor. Landlord says that it sometimes floods. I need to get my treadmill off the floor at least 3-4 inches so it doesn't get destroyed. What is the best way to do this? Treadmill weighs a couple hundred pounds. It still has to be usable. I'm not just storing it. I am only renting so any solution can't be a permanent one. Thanks!

hand drive 06-02-2012 01:13 PM

you could use treated 4x4 posts and set them down on the cement and then use a piece of 3/4 inch plywood to go on top and then set the treadmill on that. basic knowledge of how to frame with lumber will help and cutting a 4x4 may not be that easy for a diy situation. a couple other things, the floor may not be perfectly level so you might have to shim the 4x4 and make it level before setting the plywood so that the treadmill has a level surface to be on, and screws would be ebst to build it with so that you can take it apart later. this way would make the treadmill sit up about 4 1/4" off of the garage floor.

edit.. I recommend 4x4 instead of 2x4 because it is heavier and may not try and move around the garage when you use the treadmill, a 2x4 system may need to be attached to the floor with bolts so that it would not move around while in use.

gregzoll 06-02-2012 02:24 PM

First thing, have you ever gotten water into the garage? Second, what is the slope of the drive like going towards the garage door, along with how the downspouts are to allow water to discharge from the gutters away from the structure? Also, is the ground sloped, so that water rolls away from the structure, not towards it.

Many questions here. As for placing the appliance up off the ground, it would be a dangerous feet to do, unless the platform is large enough, along with securing the treadmill to the platform, so that it does not walk off of it, while you are using it.

ratherbefishing 06-02-2012 09:24 PM

If you feel like carpentering, build an upside down box with 2x4 sides and 3/4" top.
If you have a pickup and wanna do it easy, go get a pallet.

wkearney99 06-09-2012 01:01 PM

You'd splinter a pallet pretty quick, they're not designed for the sort of repetitive pounding an operating treadmill would deliver.

If it's wet enough to leave spots then it's probably wet enough to cause things to rust. You're likely going to ruin the treadmill leaving in that humid of a situation. Getting it above standing water isn't likely to be enough. Think about it, a garage is usually an un-conditioned space, much like a simple outdoor shed. See if there's any other metal materials out there now. If they look like they've corroded then so will your treadmill. Put it inside the house, where they're designed to be used.

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