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« Reply #15 on: September 10, 2014, 03:45:03 pm »

You might want to look into something like these. They'll last forever, can just be hauled outside and hosed off for cleaning, and will be softer to walk on than hard cement. http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/rubber-horse-stall-mat-4-ft-x-6-ft

I think this is what T P was talking about.  I thought they were a little pricey>!!?
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« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2014, 06:17:52 pm »

That's good stuff, takes lots of abuse from walking on, a friend of mine had that in his machine shop before he died dead. Wish his wife would have let me have a piece or two but she didn't like me much, thought I was a bad influence on her hubby, dunno, but that was great flooring. He cut it to fit his needs.
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« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2014, 07:27:21 pm »

Looks  like good stuff. 
I applied 2 part epoxy with the cute sprinkles.  Looks really good.
I discovered electricians are quite expensive.  We are running 200 amp service to the new shop.  I am running most of the interior electrics, but still costing several thousand bucks...yikes!

So my flooring budget is in the red.
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« Reply #18 on: September 10, 2014, 08:20:52 pm »

If you are looking for cushioning in just a few spots where dropping stones is most likely -- your cabbing machine and jewelry bench, -- visit some carpet stores.  Check their remnants for low-pile carpet that's "hard" enough to make rolling a work-chair easy but has enough "give" to help prevent  stone breakage.  I have pieces along my entire work area including my dopping station.  It can be vacuumed, looks decent, and can usually be had very inexpensively.
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« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2014, 10:01:58 pm »

I use the industrial floor mats from Costco. Low knap with rubber backing and edges.
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« Reply #20 on: September 11, 2014, 07:25:49 am »

Outdoor level loop rubber backed carpet will last forever.  It is hard enough to roll a chair on and tight enough to sweep with a broom.
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« Reply #21 on: September 12, 2014, 04:29:39 am »

Yep, that's the plan.
Mats where I need them.

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