protecting concrete floor
we are pouring a new slab in a garage. Then want to use it for a shop while building house. One person said put down tar paper and tape seams, but wait two weeks so concrete cures and does not discolor from tar
another says to put down rosin paper, but wont hold up like tar paper and can put it down in a few days
best ideas ??
Protect it from what? Sawdust? If that is all, forget about it, and use a broom at the end.
If you are painting, just use some large painter's dropcloths.
I can't imagine what you are going to do to concrete that be obscured within the first month of parking cars in there. If you still want to protect, I would throw down cardboard. Lots can be had by dumpster diving around town. The cardboard recycling dumpsters are pretty clean and not too bad. You could also use indoor/outdoor carpet and just leave it down and park on it. When it gets bad, go get some new. For that matter, go dumpster diving behind the carpet store and get some tear outs.
I can't see tarpaper surviving much and it's not very permeable so that slab won't continue to dry (probably not a big deal).
cardboard was a good thought.............I've often used hay, even indoors. It will produce a nice damp cure too.
Can be a fire hazard if you're not careful.
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cardboard sounds good. However how long will the concrete try to get rid of liquid, like if I put the cardboard down a few days after the pour will it stick or get yucky.
straw, cant imagine, sparks from power tools etc, moooo
but on several open home tours I have seen tar paper down, thats one of the reason I asked
also one local builder does not do his garage slab until just before the hosue is finished, for the raswon of abuse it can take before, storing things, painting etc
one year we did a slab for a sheep barn, it was winter, and over x-mas break we parked a van inside. heck we didnt know it had a tranny leak, and sitting there for 4 days had a nice puddle
sure it was a sheep barn, but if you paid for a slab would you wnat an oil slick on it ??
the other reason I asked is
becasue my "arse" ( from movie braveheart) will be grass if I get anything on it