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  Football season is already here and, for many, that means being relegated to the basement or garage. It’s time to stop thinking of this as relegation and start thinking of it as a chance to create your own space that you can use for many seasons to come. Getting your man cave ready doesn’t take long, and it can…

Clear the clutter

The chances are that the space you are going to use is overrun by everything that everyone else no longer wants but can’t bear to throw away. Seize the opportunity to get rid of things you haven’t seen or needed in years. If there is anything useful in all that clutter, organize a yard sale and put the profits into a few extras for your man cave. You might even be able to upgrade your TV!

Sort out the structure

This step is crucial, and as soon as you have a clear space you will understand why. Take a look around at the space that will be your man cave. Does it have an electricity supply, and if so do you have enough outlets for your TV, beer fridge and anything else you want down there? Unless you are a qualified electrician, this is the one thing you should seriously consider consulting an expert about.

Don't forget to check for ventilation as well, particularly if you are in the basement and are expecting friends to join you for the game. If the space doesn't have windows, make sure air vents are clear and that a door is left open.

Next, move on to the floor. If you’re in the basement, check for water damage and mold. You want to enjoy the football season, not have it make you ill. Rip up any old floor coverings and have a good look underneath. What sort of state is the floor in? Are you going to be tripping and sliding everywhere on an uneven floor every time you jump up to celebrate? Uneven, unsafe and just plain horrible flooring can be dealt with quickly and easily using Epoxy floor coatings. Once your floor is prepared and sealed with your choice of an Epoxy coating, you will never have to worry about it again. The only possible problem is deciding on the color and finish that will go best with your other decor.

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Time for the finishing touches

Once all the serious stuff is out of the way, it’s time to deal with the really serious issues—the TV and the seating. If you are watching alone, this is easy; place the TV where you want it and your favorite chair right in front.

If you are planning on inviting your friends over to watch the game, you need to check that everyone can see the action. Mounting the TV on the wall is a great way of making extra space and creating the height you need to give everyone a good view. If this isn’t possible, consider placing the TV diagonally in a corner, allowing those watching to fan out without losing half the screen.

The rest is really up to you, but no game is complete without beer and snacks. Unless you want to be running around at half time, you might want to consider a big table and a beer fridge if you have space. All that is left now is to sit back and enjoy watching your team win!


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    ]]> (EpoxyMaster) Tips & Tricks for all Applications Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:22:00 -0400
    Tips For An Easier Do-It-Yourself Epoxy Garage or Basement Floor Project Tips For An Easier Do-It-Yourself Epoxy Garage or Basement Floor Project
    Epoxying garage floors prevents staining and keeps them looking clean and spot free. It eliminates chipping and cracking as well. Epoxy is extremely versatile and can be used to protect all types of surfaces, including wood. Using epoxy on wood and other porous surfaces protects them from permanent damage.

    Epoxy Garage Floor Preparation

    It is important to give concrete time to cure before you apply the epoxy. Most companies recommend 30-60 days before applying any type of surface protectant. Use a broom and shop vac to thoroughly clean the floor and remove any dirt or dust particles. A non-corrosive, organic salt compound should be used to clean and degrease the floor before using a floor machine to etch the surface of the concrete. Apply the degreaser with a stiff bristled brush for a deep cleaning. Using a professional grade floor machine such as a shot blaster or carbide diamond grinder creates a rough surface that is much easier for the epoxy to adhere to.

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    Before applying an epoxy sealant you will need to carefully go over the floor and repair any cracks, holes or breaks in the concrete. Once the floor is properly prepared, you will need to mix the epoxy using a drill motor and wand mixer attachment. Kits can be purchased that include the needed attachments or you can buy epoxy kits that only include the epoxy materials.

    EM 3 Gallon Full Kit

    Although most types of epoxy will seal small imperfections, you will want to take care of any hairline cracks and major problems that may eventually get worse. Once you fill the cracks and apply the epoxy, the material will naturally self-level itself and create a smooth, even surface.

    Determining How Much Is Needed

    To sufficiently cover any type of surface properly, you will need to know how large the area is and the right amount of epoxy to do the job. You will also have to take into consideration the type of surface being covered. Porous surfaces can absorb up to twice as much as it takes to cover a non-porous surface. You can epoxy garage floor surfaces made from almost any material.

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    Once you know what type of surface you are covering, the next step is to properly measure the area. Because epoxy comes in several different sizes, you may have to purchase various sizes of containers to make sure the entire surface area is accounted for.

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    How to Apply Epoxy to Garage Floor Surfaces

    Two different materials are mixed together to make the epoxy harden. Because it hardens in a short period of time, you will have to work quickly, according to the manufacturer's specifications. Mix the smaller Part B hardener container into the larger amount of Part A epoxy resin and mix them together for exactly two minutes. Immediately pour the epoxy onto the surface, spread the epoxy with a serrated squeegee, then roll out the epoxy. Epoxy is self-leveling and will create a smooth, unblemished surface.

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    Avoid Common Mistakes

    The most important thing to remember when applying epoxy is to take your time when preparing the surface. A poorly prepared surface area will create blemishes and imperfections that can mar the look of the floor. This is especially true if using epoxy on a porous surface such as wood.

    When applying the epoxy, work quickly but carefully. Going too slow will give the epoxy time to harden before it can be properly spread over the entire area. Make sure when you begin the pouring process, nothing will be able to distract you from the task at hand.


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