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Floor studio question


Hello Rick, I read the message you posted to “Bransu @” about
covering a carpet to set up his torch…

I have a similar situation, because I have a great room with a
beautiful wood floor and I am planning to set up my studio there. but
this is temporarily because it will be kids room someday and we want
to have the wood floor again (with no much work). So, would you please
recommend me something inexpensive that I can put on my floor to do
glasswork (beads)?

Thank you very much!



The same sort of concept should work for a hardwood floor by first
putting down foam rubber carpet pad, then the 1/2" concrete
underlayment (tape the seams together with carpet tape or duct tape),
then 1/4" plywood underlayment and top this of with vinyl flooring if
you prefer. The one caution I would have is if water should get
spilled and seep under this flooring. The carpet pad will act like a
sponge absorbing the water and keeping the hardwood and finish wet
for some period of time causing damage to the wood finish and perhaps
the wood. To be safe you may want to construct the protective floor
pieces in sizes that could be moved around should a water mishap

Of course your mileage may vary and I’m not a licensed contractor
specializing in fire proofing studio floors, etc. Just a fellow
artist and all around handyman…

Rick Copeland – Silversmith
Colorado Springs, Colorado


don’t know if anybody has replied yet, I have a lag on getting these
messages; I was thinking one of the plastic slabs from office supply
for chairs to roll on, then I visualized drips of molten glass, and
thought about sheets of galvanized metal like roof flashing, only
wider. perhaps overlapping tiles of metal over rubber mats?
fire-proof and sound-deadening, too! Perhaps you could scrounge around
at the local scrap metal dealer and see what turns up… just my .02
lira Betsy Marshall Jewelry student and physics trainee at UTA


There’s a couple of choices. The best is the thinner version of the
concrete backing board used for setting tile. Lay it down with a
layer of the underlay that’s used for the laminate flooring material
(to keep the slightly abrasive board from chewing up the finish of
the wood floor) or the nonskid mesh used for putting under rugs to
keep them from sliding. You can do the same thing with the MDF
board, it’s just not as fireproof. If you want the sheets to hold
up under wear and tear better, a coat of a water based sealer helps
(and keeps the concrete board from shedding dust).

 Ron Charlotte -- Gainesville, FL
 @Ron_Charlotte1 OR


Just today I spotted an underlay for gas grills on a deck that give
a fireproof surface. Didn’t have time to inspect the label for
further - we’re expecting a huge snow storm over the
long weekend and I wasn’t shopping for pleasure. Then I remembered
many years ago buying a large piece of similar material to act as an
over-hearth over carpet in front of a fireplace. I’ll bet if you
check at stores that feature either grills or fireplace fittings
you’d find something you could use. The one today was at a
neighborhood hardware store - in Washington, DC suburbs. If I
learn more after we dig out of the blizzard, will let you know.
The large one came from Real Goods catalog in CA.



Isabel… I found a product at my local lumber dealer that may be
exactly what you are seeking - and it was free!

It is a composite siding material for the exterior of homes. It is
part concrete, and part?? It is flat and about a quarter of an inch
thick. The siding is (or was, 3 yrs ago) shipped with 4 x 6 sheets
of the same material between layers of the huge bundles.It is gray
and hard, It can be sawed, drilled, and makes wonderful fire-stop
around solder area,

I put it on my floor beneath my own solder area to keep from burning
my rug. and around my entire soldering area, on the three wall of the
station. It is highly absorbent, so not what you would want to mop.

My local dealer gave me the sheets and was happy to get rid of it,
for otherwise, it was just dunnage and the company would have had to
pay for it to be carted away.

I just love that kind of a deal. Imagine, all that material finding
its way to a landfill! For shame!