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Had a few people interested in the construction of my sign, so here are a few pictures of the finished product. I didn't get to take too many during the construction, so hopefully these help enough for whoever is interested.

 

 

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I just ordered some racedeck flooring and installed it in one of my bays this week. Trying to give it a good test run before I build my own shop and decide what kind of flooring I want. I'll try to give a thorough review on it after it has taken a little wear and tear. Also just bought another lift for the shop, maybe I'll post some pics and review for that too when I'm done if anyone is interested.

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Wes, that's what I've been told too. I wanted to try it out in a small section so I could see how it performed before I ordered 1000's of sq ft. There are lots of pictures of people using it in showrooms and home garages, but I never really saw any pictures where it was being used in a commercial application (only a few recent exceptions on there website). I just put it down in my main stall 2 days ago, so I'll be using and abusing it as much as I can before I start building my own shop. I'll post a my thoughts on it after a month or two

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