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That pesky snow and ice meltwater on the shop floor.

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I am lucky enough to be able to store my CCI in a heated shop along with the rest of my toys.

The one big downside to that is that no matter how much cleaning and brushing I do, a considerable amount of snow and ice remains on the tractor after doing snow removal work. Inside the heated garage this snow and ice ends up as water all over the shop floor.

I looked at car mats intended for this purpose (and other such systems) and in addition to their high cost I really could not find anyone, save the manufacturer, that thought they worked very well.

My $20 solution was to build a little containment area that would keep the water in one place until it could be mopped up or evaporate on its own.

It works great! Typically I mop up about 2 gallons with a standard string mop.
This system would probably contain a total volume of between 4 and 5 gallons of water.

24 ft of 1-1/2 x 3/4 vinyl siding trim - comes in 12 ft lengths
1 tube of construction adhesive
2 tubes of clear silicone caulk

I cut the strips to the desired lengths and glued them to the floor.
After the glue set I caulked the inside floor joint with the silicone all the way around the inside of the strips.
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I just squeegee it out under the door. :trink:

Your shop looks waaaaaay nicer than mine though. You should make a carpeted pad to store it on. :gums: :mrgreen: :lol:
When I was building this house, I got into a big disagreement with the local "Code Enforcement Official" about my garage floor. I wanted it sloped to the center with a 2" drain piped under the concrete to the backyard just for this reason (snow melt). But no, I couldn't do that, he said a possible gas or oil leak could dump all that fuel into my yard creating a hazard!! So it was built his way. The garage floor slopes to the doors. Of course, unless the doors are open, the water pools INSIDE. Seems to me that a fuel leak would now be contained indoors - until the doors are open, then it would run out - are you ready for this - into my yard! DOH.
I still hate that guy :mad:
Order of annoyance:

1.Code enforcement

2.Animal Control

3.Mail man

:lol: :lol: :lol:
Bill.H said:
I still hate that guy :mad:
Another fine public employee brought to you by the authors of 'Building Inspection for Dummies'. :facepalm:
That's a slick idea... if it ever starts snowing here, I'll have to duplicate your idea... :drinkbuddies:
Reflection off the paint job is better than the iced floor
I always put a good pitch from the rear of the structure towards the door or opening whether its an outbuilding or garage when the concrete is poured. :thumbsup: But I built every structure I own so I had a choice.
:222: :446: Best Regards, Rich
I park my tractor about 6 ft from the wood stove which quickly melts the snow, dries the tractor and evaporates the water.

One problem with sloping the floor toward the garage door in a cold climate is that water will freeze when it reaches the door and that can freeze the door shut as well as create an ice dam.

A shop vac would take care of puddles as quick as anything.
Thats why I always salted under the garage door at my old house. The door would be iced to the floor. It will rip the seal off the bottom or ruin the gear drive on the opener.
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