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Dirt Freak

Total posts: 357
posted March 01, 2005 08:26 PM  
I'm looking to add onto my shop a 30x40x12 intrested to hear about the pros and cons about a heated floor.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 136
posted March 01, 2005 09:51 PM  
Heat in the floor is the only way to go if you're building a new facility.
Reasons: 1 heat rises so everything stays warm 2 No fans or blowers so if you do any paint work you don't have a lot of dust floating around.3fairly simple and economical,especially in a smaller shop.
I have a friend who built a 30x30 garage and heats it with a 40 gallon hot water heater.He did his own plumbing and everything,it's pretty simple and it works good.I also do work for a company that heats a 50x120x16 building with floor heat but they use an outdoor wood burning boiler that they load once in the morning and once at night.It stays around 72 degrees all the time.He put about a foot of sand packed down and put the tubing down under a couple inches of the sand before they poured the concrete,the sand holds heat well enough that in the spring and fall he only fires the boiler every couple of days.
Floor heat is definately worth looking into.Good Luck

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 192
posted March 01, 2005 10:06 PM  
pros... heated floors are the best, your feet stay warm, you stuff on the floor is warm, put some of that expanding foam insulation on the roof and it will be perfect during the winter, and keep it cooler in the summer.
Takes awile to warm up if you let the floor get cold, and in the spring it takes awhile for the floor to cool down when you shut it off.

I worked at a concrete Company in NJ that had a heated floor in the truck garage that was put in around 1940 and it was still working great

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 38
posted March 15, 2005 10:55 PM  
what do you do? put the pipe in the sand and just run the hot water from the water heater continuosly through the pipes? do you need some kind of pump also. this is new to me

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