For quite a number of people, the garage is more than just a place to park their vehicles. It is also a storage area where they can keep their material belongings that don’t quite fit into the closet anymore, but which are too valuable to be thrown away just yet. This valuable use of the garage sometimes tends to make this important area of the house look like a perpetual yard sale, and makes it a chore to park the car because of all the boxes and other objects arranged around the wall of the garage.
In order to avoid the eventual clutter that will eventually happen with a shared space, it becomes necessary to build walls that will effectively partition the garage into separate areas, one for storage, and another for parking the vehicles. However, this is probably easier said than done. Since most garage floors are made of pure concrete, it is not exactly the easiest job in the world to attach a newly framed wall to the concrete floor. For this reason, most people tend to hire a professional to do the job for them. However, if you have the right tools and know-how, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to carry out this project on your own.
Here are the steps on how to attach a newly-framed wall to your garage’s concrete floor:
- Clear the area. Before you begin, make sure that the area of the floor on which you are planning to attach the newly-framed wall is clean and clear of all debris. Sweep the area thoroughly, making sure to get rid of all wood shavings, dirt, small nails, and other objects that tend to litter the floor of a work area. If needed, vacuum the area as well, to ensure the cleanliness of the floor area.
- Check for nails. After cleaning the floor area, check the area for any nails or stakes that could be embedded in the concrete. Nails or any other objects which are embedded in the concrete must be removed before the wall is attached, because these can easily get stuck under your newly-attached wall, making it lopsided and unstable. Needless to say, it would be more difficult to get them out after the wall has been attached than to take your time to examine the area closely before installing your wall.
- Level out the garage floor area. Once you are sure that there are no nails or other objects embedded in the concrete floor, the next step is to make sure that the floor is as even as possible, to ensure that your wall will be stable once it has been installed. Inspect the floor for any grooves or bumps, and do your best to even out these areas; grooves can be filled in with cement, while bumps can be filed down to level out the floor. Make sure to mark out the area with chalk.
- Placing the adhesive. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when laying the adhesive on the bottom part of your wall, or the floor.
- Installing the wall. Now, line up the wall to the chalk marks that you have made on the floor. Make sure that it is perfectly aligned before you attach the wall to the floor using the adhesive.
- Nailing it in. Once the wall is in place, use a ram set to nail the wall to the concrete floor. Another option would be to use a concrete drill bit to install concrete nails into the wall.
Choosing the proper materials can make it easier for you to do this job on your own; just make sure that you follow the steps above to ensure a successful installation of your newly-framed wall.