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Old 03-31-2010, 08:22 PM   #1
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Okay....once again I am in the process of picking up where someone else left off. A friend of mine has asked that I finish a garage for him. It has a daylight basement and the deck was framed out of 12" LVL's 16" o.c. The garage is 24 x 32 and the LVL's run the 32' length. Left to right the LVL's sit on steel beams 1/2" x 8". First beam from left to right is at 12' o.c and the second beam 13' o.c. from the first beam (ie..25' o.c.) from the left gable wall. This leaves a 6' span from the second beam to the right gable wall. So with that said, I question the integrity of this framing?

Now the sub-floor for garage floor appears to be 2" x 6" T&G Pine!!! So first off I have to find out if the the lvl's will hold 2 - 3/4 ton Pick-ups (assuming the max).

But now my question to you gentlemen is: Is there a product out there that I can use to lay down on top of the T&G pine sub-floor as a finish product for a garage floor that's made of wood. A plywood type product with a epoxy finish maybe??


I realize that whoever built this to begin with should of used steel trusses and corrugated metal and then poured concrete, but I'm stuck with wood at this point and I'm trying to find the best available surface for this situation.

Needless to say the foundation sagged on one side by about 4" and the back wall bowed out about the same amount. Man-o-man....where do these guys come from anyway? They put on a pouch for a year then stick a magnet on their truck thinking they have it all figured out!

I'll post pictures in a day or so to give you guys a better idea of what I'm dealing with.

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Old 04-07-2010, 03:36 PM   #2
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Wow I, as well as others are probably reluctant to recommend anything here. I just don't see how this will be a safe, long lasting floor.

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Old 04-07-2010, 05:10 PM   #3
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Lol...your right.

Actually, I never bothered to post pics. I was able to get in contact with the engineer who design this and after some discussion, we've come to a solution.
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Old 04-07-2010, 09:08 PM   #4
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So what is the solution that involves a non-combustible garage floor that slopes to vehicle door or a drain to meet code? IRC 309.3

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Sure GBR.

Basically, I'm about to tell the customer what they probably will not want hear.

>The existing deck will be removed completely.

>the walls will be corrected to be level to each other at all corners.

>Steel Trusses will then be installed.

>Corrugated sheet metal put place.

>4" of concrete pour and now we have a garage floor.

So...$6500 or so later, we can now build.

And then with all that said....I then tell them to sign a disclaimer that I will not be responsible for additional settling.

I don't think this job will happen...frankly.
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Old 04-07-2010, 09:58 PM   #6
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Those disclaimers don't usually hold up in court. The judge finds that being a pro, you should not do something that will fail, even if the customer wants it.
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Well, thank you for sharing that with us, CrossWorks. Remember to leave a paper trail....

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