It's been a while since provided an update so here goes. The GC is done with his tasks and now it's time to get started with my DIY tasks. These tasks include:
- Installing an epoxy floor in the garage/woodshop
- Sealing the concrete floors in the train room and model workshop
- Laying carpet tile in the train room and model workshop
- Installing blinds in the 4 windows
- Running low voltage cables from the house to the model workshop (CAT6, RG6 (Cable TV), telephone)
- Building workstation tables for the model workshop
- Refinishing/repurposing bookcases for the model workshop
- Installing tile floor in bathroom
The train room and model workshop floors were completely covered in paint overspray and drywall schmutz
so first I used a rental Home Depot floor maintainer to grind as much of the paint off as I could.
After grinding I swept twice, vacuumed twice, and mopped twice to clean the residual dust. And then I applied Truelock B4 concrete sealer/densifier. This is the first quadrant I applied sealer to. This sealer does not look dark/wet when it dries like some sealers do. It soaks in to the concrete and helps prevent staining and dust creation as well as "densifies" the surfac e of the concrete.
After all four quadrants of the train room had the first of two coats of sealer applied. You can see the first quadrant has already almost completely dried.
I purchased 1100 sq ft of "mixed/random" carpet tiles (275 tiles) from Caldwell Carpet in Georgia for $.49/sq ft + shipping for the train room and model workshop. It was the least expensive flooring I could find and it should work great for this application (cheap and easy to 'fix' accidents'). Here's a photo of a 'test' of the first 35 carpet tiles off the pallet to get a feeling for what 'random' carpet tiles might look like: