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    Home gym build question

    So Iíve decided to build a home gym, just canít get to Golds anymore due to distance and family obligations. I plan on getting a Rogue HR half rack and an adjustable bench so I can do squats, bench press, deadlifts, and a whole host of other lifts. I intend on using their 1.5 inch thick, two foot square rubber mats for the base to protect the floor. Due to space, it will be out back of the house on a tile floor under a roof.

    When it rains the once or twice a year here in SoCal, some water does find its way across the floor where the gym will go, in the grooves between the floor tiles. My question is what should I do if anything to keep water from reaching the rubber mats and potentially getting under them? I also plan on getting some tarps to cover everything when not in use as everything else back there, the grill, our bikes, a tables and some chairs, are always covered in a coating of dirt and pollen, we live somewhat close to where two freeways meet.

    I was thinking maybe running a caulk line around the edge of the rubber but I donít know if that would damage the rubber.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rero360 View Post
    So I’ve decided to build a home gym, just can’t get to Golds anymore due to distance and family obligations. I plan on getting a Rogue HR half rack and an adjustable bench so I can do squats, bench press, deadlifts, and a whole host of other lifts. I intend on using their 1.5 inch thick, two foot square rubber mats for the base to protect the floor. Due to space, it will be out back of the house on a tile floor under a roof.

    When it rains the once or twice a year here in SoCal, some water does find its way across the floor where the gym will go, in the grooves between the floor tiles. My question is what should I do if anything to keep water from reaching the rubber mats and potentially getting under them? I also plan on getting some tarps to cover everything when not in use as everything else back there, the grill, our bikes, a tables and some chairs, are always covered in a coating of dirt and pollen, we live somewhat close to where two freeways meet.

    I was thinking maybe running a caulk line around the edge of the rubber but I don’t know if that would damage the rubber.
    Nothing you do will prevent that water from getting under that rubber flooring. You need to prevent the water from entering all all before putting down rubber flooring. If you're trying to deal with the water once it's inside the dwelling if I understand what you wrote.
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    Will,

    Sorry if I didnít accurately describe the location, Iíll be putting the gym equipment on my back patio that is covered with a roof, but is open on three sides.

    Do I even need to worry about the little bit of water that appears two or three times a year? My concern was mold or algae or some other gross stuff growing under the rubber. I doubt what little water that does show up would be pulled up via capillary action the 1.5 inches of rubber to the equipment which is powder coated and all that.

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    I would just go to tractor supply and get some stall mats,
    And not worry if they get some water under them a couple of times a year or what they are exposed to.

    From 94 until now,
    I have done humid basement gym, every thing was fine mid Atlantic. Always a great temperature.
    Garage gym dry southwest everything fine, but hot as hell.
    Garage gym mid Atlantic, everything fine, again hot as hell.
    Sunroom gym, humid south west- hot and humid and horrible, everything did fine.
    Walk out basement gym, humid, mid Atlantic. It was fantastic, never too cold, too hot, etc.
    Tired a barn gym, same area, everything somsuth and only place gym or reloading stuff would start to rust.

    I now have a smaller, but heated and cooled gym.

    Most places, between plumbing, spill, leak issues at some point water will make an appearance.
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