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Title: Random pictures of my great work. You're welcome.
Post by: KSM32 on November 08, 2018, 12:58:27 AM
Here in my thread I will randomly post pictures of my wonderful work. I am self employed and I make my own hours which is why I can take tomorrow off just so I can start this thread.  I'll start it off with something wonderful I did for a customer of mine.  A few months ago I received a call from a customer who's floors I did back in 2013. She, Tammy (I hate her dogs and they hate me) explained to me that they removed a closet from the main floor of their house that now left a closet outline in their floor!!!! Horrible!!  This was an impossible job for most, but they're not me.


I love you too, and you're welcome. I have many more pictures of my great works to come so don't worry ;)

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Post by: KSM32 on November 08, 2018, 01:02:31 AM
And look at this one where I had to undercut around stone in order to have a beautiful finished look. Wasn't easy and it was very dusty. Good Lord was it dusty. #swiffer
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Post by: KSM32 on November 08, 2018, 01:04:15 AM
Oh shit, almost forgot about this one. It speaks for itself because it's so good.
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Post by: KSM32 on November 08, 2018, 01:06:57 AM
Oh wait a minute, look at this beautiful hardwood job. #$$$$$$
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Post by: KSM32 on November 08, 2018, 01:09:35 AM
Many more to come, thanks for stopping by.

I better get to bed because being a such winner can be fucking exhausting.
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Post by: Rikki Gins on November 08, 2018, 01:16:18 AM
Many more to come, thanks for stopping by.

I better get to bed because being a such winner can be fucking exhausting.

You do awesome work, ksm.  The pics are great.  Looking forward to seeing more of them.
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Post by: tootsie_wootsy on November 08, 2018, 02:04:22 AM
Many more to come, thanks for stopping by.

I better get to bed because being a such winner can be fucking exhausting.


they stink and so do you, loser

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Post by: Spookcat on November 08, 2018, 02:28:47 AM
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Post by: tootsie_wootsy on November 08, 2018, 05:18:11 AM
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Post by: BartEllProducer on November 08, 2018, 05:42:18 AM
Oh wait a minute, look at this beautiful hardwood job. #$$$$$$

What did you use on this one? I’m looking to redo my downstairs and that may be the ticket.
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Post by: Spookcat on November 08, 2018, 05:43:32 AM
How long have you been doing carpentry work, @ksm32?
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Post by: tootsie_wootsy on November 08, 2018, 05:51:16 AM

Stinky Thread 
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Post by: Richard Groyper on November 08, 2018, 06:46:37 AM
"leave me alone" she cries out as she strikes you.
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Post by: Richard Groyper on November 08, 2018, 06:47:35 AM
good work, @ksm32.
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Post by: 21st Century Man on November 08, 2018, 07:00:17 AM
Excellent handiwork, @ksm32.
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Post by: GrumpyOldMan on November 08, 2018, 07:22:56 AM

they stink and so do you, loser

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If he says that he's jewish, will you move him to your great accomplishments thread?  That looks like divine carpentry work to me, so he must be jewish.
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Post by: TigerLily on November 08, 2018, 07:30:01 AM

Beautiful work, ksm. Thanks for sharing
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Post by: tootsie_wootsy on November 08, 2018, 08:09:50 AM
"leave me alone" she cries out as she strikes you.
GO AWAY YOU RACIST NAZI, STOP STALKING ME..i don't owe you explanations..this guy has been insulting me for a long time for no reason, probably at your request, creep
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Post by: Richard Groyper on November 08, 2018, 08:19:27 AM
i hope that wig is secure.
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Post by: tootsie_wootsy on November 08, 2018, 08:22:28 AM
i hope that wig is secure.

I have more hair than you Groyper... :)
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Post by: Richard Groyper on November 08, 2018, 08:25:11 AM
I have more hair than you Groyper... :)

uh huh.
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Post by: DynamoHum on November 08, 2018, 09:33:03 AM

they stink and so do you, loser

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Why come to a thread started by someone you obviously have a problem with and do that? Why not just ignore the thread and carry on?

Honestly Toots I think you are in fact your own worst enemy at times :(
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Post by: tootsie_wootsy on November 08, 2018, 09:36:35 AM
Why come to a thread started by someone you obviously have a problem with and do that? Why not just ignore the thread and carry on?

Honestly Toots I think you are in fact your own worst enemy at times :(

you could be right but he has been insulting me horribly for no reason.I never had any quarrel or problem with him and he comes to my threads calling me a "stinky woman in her pajamas in a dirty apartment"  etc etc .. Sometimes a person can't deal with it anymore.  I have no one here to defend me but myself  .I am only human and not a saint... thanks, though  @DynamoHum
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Post by: DynamoHum on November 08, 2018, 09:40:34 AM
you could be right but he has been insulting me horribly for no reason.I never had any quarrel or problem with him and he comes to my threads calling me a "stinky woman in her pajamas in a dirty apartment"  etc etc .. Sometimes a person can't deal with it anymore.  I have no one here to defend me but myself  .I am only human and not a saint... thanks, though  @DynamoHum

Defend away, but attacking just makes things worse.
:)
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Post by: tootsie_wootsy on November 08, 2018, 09:41:31 AM
Defend away, but attacking just makes things worse.
:)

i guess but i'm only human.. thanks for the advice..love, tootsie  @DynamoHum
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Post by: CacaMan on November 08, 2018, 10:24:31 AM
Oh shit, almost forgot about this one. It speaks for itself because it's so good.

Looks good but I prefer the lighter wood myself.
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Post by: KSM32 on November 08, 2018, 07:24:43 PM
Apparently I was abusing alcohol last night. Good God, Man! Tell ya' what, I had fun doin g this ;D ;D ;D

Ahh, what the hey.. $18. and a wet ham sandwich says this nice hallway picture comes out sideways and I owe you a chiropractic crunch.  Hallways require a lot of fine cuts and preparation. Sometimes colorful language can be heard :-X

editing to say that it didn't come out sideways :)
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Post by: KSM32 on November 08, 2018, 07:29:55 PM
What did you use on this one? I’m looking to redo my downstairs and that may be the ticket.
That was an engineered half inch hardwood from 2015. Beautiful stuff but I think it's discontinued. Unfortunately flooring manufacturers discontinue lines all the time without notice but if you shop around you'll always find beautiful stuff.
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Post by: KSM32 on November 08, 2018, 07:32:35 PM
How long have you been doing carpentry work, @ksm32?
Got sick of being a repo man in 07 and started doing this shit. At least I don't have to get physical in a nasty way while kids cry as mommy and daddy freak out because they didn't pay their bills. :'(
Title: Re: Random pictures of my great work. You're welcome.
Post by: KSM32 on November 08, 2018, 07:36:08 PM
good work, @ksm32.
Excellent handiwork, @ksm32.

thank you Richard and Mr. 21!



@tootsie_wootsy  I feel like we're making progress. Almost like we're ready for that first kiss :-* Before you know it I'll be crawling out yer window at three in the AM ;)
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Post by: Richard Groyper on November 08, 2018, 08:20:21 PM
thank you Richard and Mr. 21!



@tootsie_wootsy  I feel like we're making progress. Almost like we're ready for that first kiss :-* Before you know it I'll be crawling out yer window at three in the AM ;)

you're welcome buddy.
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Post by: albrecht on November 08, 2018, 09:00:52 PM
Apparently I was abusing alcohol last night. Good God, Man! Tell ya' what, I had fun doin g this ;D ;D ;D

Ahh, what the hey.. $18. and a wet ham sandwich says this nice hallway picture comes out sideways and I owe you a chiropractic crunch.  Hallways require a lot of fine cuts and preparation. Sometimes colorful language can be heard :-X

editing to say that it didn't come out sideways :)
Looks good. You ever use that porcelain tile that is made to "look" like wood? I didn't like but a buddy put in at river cabin because worry if it floods a bit and wear and tear when he BNBs it and folks are wet, boots, etc. It ended up looking better than I thought and from pics looks like wood but more durable porcelain.  Not sure what the $ difference was.
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Post by: WOTR on November 08, 2018, 09:19:52 PM
What is the best product for your $?  unfinished hardwood, solid hardwood, engineered flooring?  I'm going to assume laminate and the new vinyl don't make the cut...
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Post by: KSM32 on November 08, 2018, 09:37:05 PM
@WOTR  Some of todays laminates are really, really good and it's very hard to scratch it up so with a little maintenance it stays pristine.  As for hardwood products I go with a high quality engineered. Still pricey but less than the alternatives. One thing to keep in mind is that hardwood costs at least double what a good laminate costs. Oh, hardwood costs waaay more to have installed than laminate.  I'm not pushing laminate but rather giving you something to consider.  Shop around and remember, Home Depot never delivers on time and their installers are usually no better than the average guy advertising his services on Kijiji for fuck sakes.
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Post by: KSM32 on November 08, 2018, 09:42:22 PM
Looks good. You ever use that porcelain tile that is made to "look" like wood?
@albrecht  No experience with anything other than hardwoods and laminate flooring. I'm like KFC, I stick to what I know best.  That said, I won't work with mechanically deboned chicken, lamb, beef and or mutton flooring either because that would be wrong of me.  I must draw a line somewhere, dammit!
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Post by: KSM32 on November 08, 2018, 11:35:30 PM
If he says that he's jewish, will you move him to your great accomplishments thread?  That looks like divine carpentry work to me, so he must be jewish.
@GrumpyOldMan hehehehe cracked me way up. The only thing Jewish about me is the cut of my penis. alas..
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Post by: BartEllProducer on November 09, 2018, 03:44:18 AM
That was an engineered half inch hardwood from 2015. Beautiful stuff but I think it's discontinued. Unfortunately flooring manufacturers discontinue lines all the time without notice but if you shop around you'll always find beautiful stuff.

Is that walnut? Yeah I’ve found that it’s always good to have a surplus of extra boxes when having floors done for those oops moments.
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Post by: XArea51 on November 09, 2018, 04:01:42 AM
@GrumpyOldMan hehehehe cracked me way up. The only thing Jewish about me is the cut of my penis. alas..

TMI, but thanks for sharing! Nice woodwork though. 😉 😁
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Post by: tootsie_wootsy on November 09, 2018, 11:09:36 AM




@tootsie_wootsy  I feel like we're making progress. Almost like we're ready for that first kiss :-* Before you know it I'll be crawling out yer window at three in the AM ;)

so you only get the urge to be mean to me when you're drunk?  what brings that on?  no kisses likely for you .. :) ::)
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Post by: KSM32 on November 09, 2018, 06:52:02 PM
so you only get the urge to be mean to me when you're drunk?  what brings that on?  no kisses likely for you .. :) ::)
??? No "urge" to be mean at all. I admittingly started the thread all sauced up, I have no idea how anything could have been taken as "mean" floors are friendly, you're being supported by one now.


(cough) and I can get kisses :-* even from you ;)

Now let's please stay on topic.
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Post by: ShayP on November 09, 2018, 06:59:48 PM
Nice work ksm. 8)  Would you like to come to Virginia and take my money?
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Post by: KSM32 on November 09, 2018, 09:37:34 PM
Nice work ksm. 8)  Would you like to come to Virginia and take my money?
You're on! And  I'll bring a motherload of great craft beer ;D ;D   @ShayP Why have I been under the impression that you live in Pittsburgh? Not in a falkie way, I just thought you lived there
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Post by: KSM32 on November 09, 2018, 09:40:54 PM
Two hour bedroom makeover. Get your floors done, people!!!
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Post by: ShayP on November 10, 2018, 06:02:43 AM
You're on! And  I'll bring a motherload of great craft beer ;D ;D   @ShayP Why have I been under the impression that you live in Pittsburgh? Not in a falkie way, I just thought you lived there

Ha!  Yeah, I'll throw down some "great" craft beers.  At least I'll try.  :P  ;D  Anyway, I was born and raised in the 'Burgh.  Moved to Virginia years ago.  I'll always be a Yinzer.   I will return to the Motherland in due time.  :)
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Post by: tootsie_wootsy on November 10, 2018, 09:35:44 AM
??? No "urge" to be mean at all. I admittingly started the thread all sauced up, I have no idea how anything could have been taken as "mean" floors are friendly, you're being supported by one now.


(cough) and I can get kisses :-* even from you ;)

Now let's please stay on topi

not on this thread.. you go to my threads to insult me and be mean to me for no reason..perhaps you are drunk idk... hope you continue your nice work and cut out trying to upset me.. thank you  :)
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Post by: WOTR on November 10, 2018, 11:46:53 AM
@WOTR  Some of todays laminates are really, really good and it's very hard to scratch it up so with a little maintenance it stays pristine.  As for hardwood products I go with a high quality engineered. Still pricey but less than the alternatives. One thing to keep in mind is that hardwood costs at least double what a good laminate costs. Oh, hardwood costs waaay more to have installed than laminate.  I'm not pushing laminate but rather giving you something to consider.  Shop around and remember, Home Depot never delivers on time and their installers are usually no better than the average guy advertising his services on Kijiji for fuck sakes.
Thanks @ksm32.  I did install a high quality laminate a few years back (diagonal to the room as I liked the look more.)  Truth be told, it was almost a decade ago, and I'm considering a change to the old style narrow hardwood for fun.  I just dread the install and if it is not prefinished and the work that goes with it.  But I have always liked the looks of it...

Maybe I will look closer at the engineered products (or maybe I will just face the fact that changing out flooring because "you want a change" is stupid.)  ;)
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Post by: albrecht on November 10, 2018, 03:31:03 PM
Two hour bedroom makeover. Get your floors done, people!!!
Nice work!  It takes me that long to get the furniture out, old carpet and pad out, tack strips, scrap the floor, etc!
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Post by: KSM32 on November 10, 2018, 04:03:50 PM
@albrecht   THAT is a discussion I have upon viewing a job and meeting the customer for the first time. If there is carpet currently installed I will ask them whether or not THEY will be ripping it out etc including baseboard removal. They'll ask if they save money doing things that way and I'm like, hell yeah although I don't say it like that.  Breathing in all that trapped dust etc that carpet releases when pulling it all up is not my cup o' tea. But sometimes they don't want to do it, or they're elderly and can't do it. Sooo, I do it and charge the extra. Try and keep the cost down for older folks on fixed $ so my Mr. nice guy comes out and I'll hire a grunt for $10. an hour to rip the old floor out keeping the cost down.
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Post by: albrecht on November 10, 2018, 04:24:33 PM
@albrecht   THAT is a discussion I have upon viewing a job and meeting the customer for the first time. If there is carpet currently installed I will ask them whether or not THEY will be ripping it out etc including baseboard removal. They'll ask if they save money doing things that way and I'm like, hell yeah although I don't say it like that.  Breathing in all that trapped dust etc that carpet releases when pulling it all up is not my cup o' tea. But sometimes they don't want to do it, or they're elderly and can't do it. Sooo, I do it and charge the extra. Try and keep the cost down for older folks on fixed $ so my Mr. nice guy comes out and I'll hire a grunt for $10. an hour to rip the old floor out keeping the cost down.
Yeah. Nice you look after costs for older folks. I don't do it for a living but a few times at my place and after one I ended up hiring dudes like you to knock out the wood and make it look good and done quick than my "learning on the job." Ha. But ripping out and taking to the dump the old stuff etc I've done and its is pain with the dust etc. One time I had all the carpet and padding in my truck and it rained. Ha. Poor truck was looked like the Okie's truck on their way west. Shocks all down, swaying with every turn, carpet is HEAVY when soaked...haha.
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Post by: KSM32 on November 12, 2018, 05:20:09 PM
Yeah. Nice you look after costs for older folks. I don't do it for a living but a few times at my place and after one I ended up hiring dudes like you to knock out the wood and make it look good and done quick than my "learning on the job." Ha. But ripping out and taking to the dump the old stuff etc I've done and its is pain with the dust etc. One time I had all the carpet and padding in my truck and it rained. Ha. Poor truck was looked like the Okie's truck on their way west. Shocks all down, swaying with every turn, carpet is HEAVY when soaked...haha.
Soaked carpet and pad? Yeah that's a job nobody wants. I've had countless cuts and dirty bleeding scratches from taking out and removing tack strip thus shattering my hopes on eventually becoming the worlds highest paid hand model ;D

And why the fuck do some installers call those nasty strips "smooth edge" :-\
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Post by: KSM32 on November 15, 2018, 06:48:59 PM
Spiral staircase. Stressful to take on but very rewarding in the end. Falling down stairs like these almost seem pleasurable because you really get a great inside look at all the detail that went into such an installation.
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Post by: KSM32 on November 17, 2018, 03:45:44 PM
More stairs, beautiful hardwood :) It's almost a shame to step on them/
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Post by: albrecht on November 17, 2018, 03:58:22 PM
Spiral staircase. Stressful to take on but very rewarding in the end. Falling down stairs like these almost seem pleasurable because you really get a great inside look at all the detail that went into such an installation.
Hey that is some good work! You know before the damn regulators and codes one could see some crazy good wood work on stairs. You still can still in some rural properties or, for example, if you go to Holland, Denmark, etc where they have these narrow houses with multifloors and the stair cases are crazy to twist around and get up with saving space. I once asked "how the F does an old person handle these" and the reply was: they move out. Like less than an inch on the inside and not, technically, spiral staircases.  No codes about rise/run/nose etc, it seems!
ps: there is a mystery staircase in SF, New Mexico in some church. Supposedly some church needed stairs and a random carpenter came in and built it with no supporting column and in space to get up etc. Miracle they claim.  Internet says "not so." They charge however to look at it, so I didn't, except peek in. Nice work, even if not a miracle.
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Post by: Dancing queen on November 17, 2018, 05:35:12 PM
Spiral staircase. Stressful to take on but very rewarding in the end. Falling down stairs like these almost seem pleasurable because you really get a great inside look at all the detail that went into such an installation.

That looks fantastic. your work is very impressive.
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Post by: KSM32 on November 17, 2018, 07:25:45 PM
ps: there is a mystery staircase in SF, New Mexico in some church. Supposedly some church needed stairs and a random carpenter came in and built it with no supporting column and in space to get up etc. Miracle they claim.  Internet says "not so." They charge however to look at it, so I didn't, except peek in. Nice work, even if not a miracle.

@albrecht  That sounds really familiar, think I heard about it long before I ever did this for a living. Was that that story a featured segment on something like unsolved mysteries?  Very interesting and it's better work than I could do ;D

That looks fantastic. your work is very impressive.
Thank you.
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Post by: StarrMountain on November 18, 2018, 03:35:47 AM
@albrecht   THAT is a discussion I have upon viewing a job and meeting the customer for the first time. If there is carpet currently installed I will ask them whether or not THEY will be ripping it out etc including baseboard removal. They'll ask if they save money doing things that way and I'm like, hell yeah although I don't say it like that.  Breathing in all that trapped dust etc that carpet releases when pulling it all up is not my cup o' tea. But sometimes they don't want to do it, or they're elderly and can't do it. Sooo, I do it and charge the extra. Try and keep the cost down for older folks on fixed $ so my Mr. nice guy comes out and I'll hire a grunt for $10. an hour to rip the old floor out keeping the cost down.
Bless you, KSM.  You are a good man, and a kind soul. :-*
+1 Karma ;)
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Post by: KSM32 on November 18, 2018, 10:51:24 PM
Bless you, KSM.  You are a good man, and a kind soul. :-*
+1 Karma ;)
@StarrMountain  Thank you for the kind words:)  No need to waste a click +1ing me, others will soon erase it. I'm a bad man ;D
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Post by: KSM32 on November 21, 2018, 12:00:39 AM
Hardwood over slab AKA cement/concrete is a real bitch of an installation because it's a glue down and vice situation, and man it is time consuming. The $$$ is really good for these jobs but I hate them nonetheless. This job (pictured) is part of a before & after kitchen & dining room shot of a rental suite in a house. Why somebody would pay big bucks for an expensive hardwood floor and installation is mind boggling to me as the tenants rarely care about a quality floor of that caliber. Most landlords do it right and have an inexpensive laminate product put in and call it a day.

I can't believe how awesome my thread is. ;D
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Post by: Spookcat on November 21, 2018, 12:16:03 AM
Ooh! Nice avatar! Lovely work on the floors as well.
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Post by: KSM32 on November 21, 2018, 12:22:17 AM
Ooh! Nice avatar! Lovely work on the floors as well.
Thank you, twice. :)
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Post by: KSM32 on November 23, 2018, 11:39:10 PM
This picture taken on Tuesday of a stone hearth I had to undercut with an expensive diamond blade in order to get the jagged cut flooring planks UNDER the stone was a very dusty but rewarding job. The idea here is to make things look like the floor was installed before the hearth was in place. My only regret here is that I didn't notice that my lens was so dusty when I took the picture.  Dammit! I only wish I could smite myself for such a transgression. Perhaps a few of you could do it for me? 


Wood and stone, it's only natural.
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Post by: Spookcat on November 24, 2018, 12:09:15 AM
This picture taken on Tuesday of a stone hearth I had to undercut with an expensive diamond blade in order to get the jagged cut flooring planks UNDER the stone was a very dusty but rewarding job. The idea here is to make things look like the floor was installed before the hearth was in place. My only regret here is that I didn't notice that my lens was so dusty when I took the picture.  Dammit! I only wish I could smite myself for such a transgression. Perhaps a few of you could do it for me? 


Wood and stone, it's only natural.

Stupid question: do you pick the type of wood, or do your (customers?)?
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Post by: KSM32 on November 24, 2018, 02:20:30 PM
@Spookcat  Not really a "stupid" question. Most often the customer has already purchased their product and have it home. They then go about looking to have it installed. I want to go back to my old job when I was one. Very little responsibility and completely stress free. OHhh those were the days, was like I wanted for nothing. They even carried me around like a king if ya can believe that!
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Post by: Dancing queen on November 24, 2018, 07:03:59 PM
This picture taken on Tuesday of a stone hearth I had to undercut with an expensive diamond blade in order to get the jagged cut flooring planks UNDER the stone was a very dusty but rewarding job. The idea here is to make things look like the floor was installed before the hearth was in place. My only regret here is that I didn't notice that my lens was so dusty when I took the picture.  Dammit! I only wish I could smite myself for such a transgression. Perhaps a few of you could do it for me? 


Wood and stone, it's only natural.

very nice job that looks fantastic!!
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Post by: KSM32 on November 25, 2018, 04:33:59 PM
very nice job that looks fantastic!!
Thank you. And I think you're a fantastic dancer. Well, I'm pretty sure..
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Post by: KSM32 on November 29, 2018, 07:02:14 PM
Just put this in my rental kitchen. Believe it or not this is a click lock laminate floor. Even in person it passes for tile until further inspection, but still impressive.  Bets on this picture coming out sideways :-\     shit, sorry about the crooked neck 
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Post by: Spookcat on November 29, 2018, 08:08:28 PM
Just put this in my rental kitchen. Believe it or not this is a click lock laminate floor. Even in person it passes for tile until further inspection, but still impressive.  Bets on this picture coming out sideways :-\     shit, sorry about the crooked neck

If you click on it, it comes up rightways. I thought it was tile too.
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Post by: KSM32 on November 30, 2018, 09:44:09 PM
If you click on it, it comes up rightways.
I'm a physically gifted specimen with unending inhuman strength. Sometimes just for a goof I'll lift a house up and turn it on its side and install the floors that way. You should see the customers faces when they get home. And we laugh and laugh and laugh.  Hahahahahahahaa  <--- like that :)
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Post by: Robert on December 08, 2018, 08:16:58 PM
Hey that is some good work!
Sure looks good to me too.
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You know before the damn regulators and codes one could see some crazy good wood work on stairs. You still can still in some rural properties or, for example, if you go to Holland, Denmark, etc where they have these narrow houses with multifloors and the stair cases are crazy to twist around and get up with saving space. I once asked "how the F does an old person handle these" and the reply was: they move out. Like less than an inch on the inside and not, technically, spiral staircases.  No codes about rise/run/nose etc, it seems!
I know one like that in the Woodlawn section of the Bronx.  And the old & disabled person who was/is living up those back stairs!  They're dark, too!
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Post by: KSM32 on December 10, 2018, 08:50:57 PM
Last week I had the absolute pleasure of installing my neighbors home theatre floorings ;D It's so bloody nice in there and the new entertainment  set-up he has in there now is something to behold. Almost makes me wish I was a TV/Movie/Gamer guy. Anyways the floors look like silk and the lighting only accentuates them.
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Post by: sumethinz new on December 14, 2018, 05:43:54 PM
Last week I had the absolute pleasure of installing my neighbors home theatre floorings ;D It's so bloody nice in there and the new entertainment  set-up he has in there now is something to behold. Almost makes me wish I was a TV/Movie/Gamer guy. Anyways the floors look like silk and the lighting only accentuates them.

You have a right to be proud of such nice work...but something tells me you already knew that
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Post by: albrecht on December 14, 2018, 05:47:57 PM
Last week I had the absolute pleasure of installing my neighbors home theatre floorings ;D It's so bloody nice in there and the new entertainment  set-up he has in there now is something to behold. Almost makes me wish I was a TV/Movie/Gamer guy. Anyways the floors look like silk and the lighting only accentuates them.
Expect, if he a good guy, an invite to the next PPV fight, Superbowl, or something....
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Post by: KSM32 on December 15, 2018, 07:54:56 PM
You have a right to be proud of such nice work...but something tells me you already knew that
Thank you :)
Expect, if he a good guy, an invite to the next PPV fight, Superbowl, or something....
@albrecht  Embarrassed to say that, that didn't even cross my mind. He's a big fight guy and ufc 232 is just around the corner.. if he turns me down I'll challenge him to an old school fisticuffs in period clothing ;D
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Post by: Robert on December 16, 2018, 04:15:29 PM
Last week I had the absolute pleasure of installing my neighbors home theatre floorings ;D It's so bloody nice in there and the new entertainment  set-up he has in there now is something to behold. Almost makes me wish I was a TV/Movie/Gamer guy. Anyways the floors look like silk and the lighting only accentuates them.
You sure get the hard ones.  Unless it's an optical illusion, that's a rather irregular quadrilateral, so the boards on one edge have to be slant cut individually to fit.

But I was a little disappointed because I thought "home theatre" meant, you know...a stage.

The back yard in this house we rent has two elevated stone & brick patios, one of which is pretty much unmaintained.  I refer to that one as the band stand, because that's what it looks like to me, and I always imagine a small orchestra or band performing there for the guests on the lawn below.
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Post by: KSM32 on December 18, 2018, 10:05:22 PM
You sure get the hard ones.  Unless it's an optical illusion, that's a rather irregular quadrilateral, so the boards on one edge have to be slant cut individually to fit.

But I was a little disappointed because I thought "home theatre" meant, you know...a stage.

Hehe A Home theatre with a stage and dancing girls would be nice, I guess.. for awhile perhaps.   With an angled wall those cuts are very easy. You just start each new row of planks from that wall placing another plank against the wall lengthways and draw your line on each beginning board. I've done a large main floor area that was literally shaped like a Z just use a straight edge ( flooring plank) at each side and Bob's yer uncle. :D

this is really a stupid thread I've got going on here.. ;D
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Post by: Robert on December 23, 2018, 01:25:40 PM
With an angled wall those cuts are very easy. You just start each new row of planks from that wall placing another plank against the wall lengthways and draw your line on each beginning board.
Oh, uh, yeah.  I'm...sure I'd've figured that out.  Yeah.   ;D

Somehow I killed at least the charge on my car battery over the past 2 days.  Maybe it was the dome light left on.  So foresight isn't my strength.
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I've done a large main floor area that was literally shaped like a Z
Why do structures get built like that?
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Post by: KSM32 on December 23, 2018, 05:00:10 PM
Oh, uh, yeah.  I'm...sure I'd've figured that out.  Yeah.   ;D

Somehow I killed at least the charge on my car battery over the past 2 days.  Maybe it was the dome light left on.  So foresight isn't my strength.Why do structures get built like that?
lol   I don't know why. Sometimes very wealthy people design their own homes before having them built and things get a little odd. Glad I'm not a roofer ;D
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Post by: albrecht on December 23, 2018, 05:04:34 PM
lol   I don't know why. Sometimes very wealthy people design their own homes before having them built and things get a little odd. Glad I'm not a roofer ;D

Those dudes are tough! I seen then having lunch up top on the roof. And in summer in Texas roofing sucks. And the way they innovate?  Like using extension cord on highly pitched roofs like a rope! I wouldn't do.  And that weird deal of using old foam from chairs to avoid slippage. Actually I have to hand it to some of our illegals. The mixing cement on a board. And other such stuff.  Interestingly it is not the young bucks one wants to hire but the older ones who have skills, knowledge, and hard working. Not that I support this kind of thing....
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Post by: KSM32 on December 23, 2018, 06:33:47 PM
Those dudes are tough! I seen then having lunch up top on the roof. And in summer in Texas roofing sucks. And the way they innovate?  Like using extension cord on highly pitched roofs like a rope! I wouldn't do.  And that weird deal of using old foam from chairs to avoid slippage. Actually I have to hand it to some of our illegals. The mixing cement on a board. And other such stuff.  Interestingly it is not the young bucks one wants to hire but the older ones who have skills, knowledge, and hard working. Not that I support this kind of thing....
I'm not good with heights. Or should I say, I'm not good with landing from way the fuck up there-> /\ But beyond that it's that damned summer HEAT! I see guys up there in plus 35 C. orrr 95 f. and higher in the summer months up here and they're up there for hours on end. Even for their lunch breaks, you'd think they'd come down and find some shade or some kind of relief from the hell that is their workspace.  Roofers are a different breed and most of these guys are making less than $20. hourly!! WTF? I say go out on your own and make the Benjamins. Or in my case raking in the.. sailboats, beavers, schooners and antlers. lol  just kidding, we have old men on our money too. Oh, and some old lady with a funny hat on some of it. Weird
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Post by: Robert on December 26, 2018, 10:06:41 AM
What's the point of an S curve in a driveway like this?

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.4576212,-74.3690771,77m/data=!3m1!1e3 (https://www.google.com/maps/@40.4576212,-74.3690771,77m/data=!3m1!1e3)

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.4576724,-74.3689237,3a,75y,270h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1ssB7fdKb-WxRm-sdorRqApg!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

Oh.  After puzzling over it last night & posting just now, I finally got it: to avoid the sewer.

Reminds me of that Dick van Dyke episode: "...and here is your rock,...."
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Post by: KSM32 on December 26, 2018, 05:16:58 PM


https://www.google.com/maps/@40.4576724,-74.3689237,3a,75y,270h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1ssB7fdKb-WxRm-sdorRqApg!2e0!7i16384!8i8192


Is that your house and are you maintaining that lawn? I hope so. I reeaally hope so
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Post by: Robert on December 29, 2018, 07:32:48 AM
Is that your house and are you maintaining that lawn? I hope so. I reeaally hope so
Why?

I've never even been by there on the ground.
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Post by: KSM32 on December 29, 2018, 01:39:57 PM
Why?

Beep:Beep:Beep::  Let's back it up a bit there Chief,  there's no reason for hostility here..  I have feeling too ya know. ;D  Maybe I just like nice yards and lawns.
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Post by: Walks_At_Night on December 29, 2018, 03:00:00 PM
@ksm Have you ever done any work with garage floors?  If I can convince Mrs. Walks_At_Night I'd like to do something with mine.

Lots of options - cement floor paint with a clear top coat, epoxy, tiles that interlock, self stick tiles.  My main concern is to spend a bunch of time and money and then have it lift up from hot car tires and look like ass.   Any thoughts?

Something like this would look bitchin' and would be alot easier to keep clean.
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Post by: KSM32 on December 29, 2018, 10:44:59 PM
@ksm Have you ever done any work with garage floors?  If I can convince Mrs. Walks_At_Night I'd like to do something with mine.

Lots of options - cement floor paint with a clear top coat, epoxy, tiles that interlock, self stick tiles.  My main concern is to spend a bunch of time and money and then have it lift up from hot car tires and look like ass.   Any thoughts?

Something like this would look bitchin' and would be alot easier to keep clean.
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@Walks_At_Night Yeah, that's a good look! That looks like a glue down (one piece possibly two with a seam) industrial product not unlike you see in some big box stores like HD, Walmart etc..


If you get that floor going on, please tell me you have plans to buy some of those large chess pieces ;D A couple o' beers and giant chess! Everybody wins! Pool or poker table? Floors like that just scream, "DO SOMETHING FUN ON ME"


Somebody has to start a man-cave, workshop,..  etc thread
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Post by: sumethinz new on January 01, 2019, 01:43:15 AM
Beep:Beep:Beep::  Let's back it up a bit there Chief,  there's no reason for hostility here..  I have feeling too ya know. ;D  Maybe I just like nice yards and lawns.

@Robert is good people...I'd post that pic of the dumpster or the flowers choked with weeds for you to enjoy again but I deleted them.

Robert if you get notified that I mentioned you let me know. I'm still trying to figure this whole @ thing out
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Post by: KSM32 on January 01, 2019, 02:44:59 AM
@Robert is good people...I'd post that pic of the dumpster or the flowers choked with weeds for you to enjoy again but I deleted them.

Robert if you get notified that I mentioned you let me know. I'm still trying to figure this whole @ thing out
For the record @sumethinz new you tagged @Robert correctly.

I was politely asked to leave the new years party and now your trying to drive my beautifully goofy flooring thread into a love fest for @Robert. ??

I think we should include and invite others like @Bart Ell and @BartEllProducer and @BartIsGod and @albrecht and @Spookcat and @ShayP and @Sofia and jojo and 14 and Monica and JoJo with capital J's. Oh good lordy pordy there are so many.


Oh, and who could forget @paladin1991 and @DynamoHum and...…….


OOOoo boy, a  ham sandwich sounds pretty good about now.







ahh fuckit' I'm tired.  Happy New year @sumethinz new  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :)
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Post by: sumethinz new on January 01, 2019, 03:35:45 AM
For the record @sumethinz new you tagged @Robert correctly.

I was politely asked to leave the new years party and now your trying to drive my beautifully goofy flooring thread into a love fest for @Robert. ??

I think we should include and invite others like @Bart Ell and @BartEllProducer and @BartIsGod and @albrecht and @Spookcat and @ShayP and @Sofia and jojo and 14 and Monica and JoJo with capital J's. Oh good lordy pordy there are so many.


Oh, and who could forget @paladin1991 and @DynamoHum and...…….


OOOoo boy, a  ham sandwich sounds pretty good about now.







ahh fuckit' I'm tired.  Happy New year @sumethinz new  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :)

I like the way you think
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Post by: Robert on January 01, 2019, 07:22:04 AM
Robert if you get notified that I mentioned you let me know. I'm still trying to figure this whole @ thing out
Might as well put it in this thread so everyone can see it's working.  Yes, I got that notif'n as well as another saying ksm mentioned me.
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Post by: KSM32 on January 03, 2019, 07:44:39 PM
First job of the new year. I'll always say that hardwood and engineered hardwood floors look better than most laminate floors. This laminate is a reasonably cheap product and it's not the most attractive print IMO.. but with this paint and the baseboards that I installed today, these laminate floors look pretty good. Why these people built this beautiful new rather large home and then decided on, laminate flooring? They do have two large dogs and laminate is much more scratch resistant so maybe that's why.

Anyways I guess with the right paint, trim, and natural light through large windows almost any floor can look really nice.
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Post by: sumethinz new on January 05, 2019, 07:32:57 AM
Might as well put it in this thread so everyone can see it's working.  Yes, I got that notif'n as well as another saying ksm mentioned me.

Thanks, Robert. Do people ever call you Bob, and if so, do you mind? It's an odd thing, in my mind, to do so (call William Bill, Robert Bob etc.) but it is a thing.

How was the New Year? Don't worry about replying if you think it a trite question because I'll understand.

I had a wonderfully slothful New Years in front of the Netflix drinking a bit and eating horrible delivery pizza. The dreadful pizza pie was my own damn fault because I know that I get that certain food craving after a few shots of Cuervo with a beer or three. You know what they say, piss poor planning makes for piss poor results, and all that! And so now I've wasted a perfectly reasonable cheat day on some utter chain restaurant bullshit that tasted like the box it was delivered in, instead of the heavenly anchovy and black olive stuff that the mom-and-pop down the road crafts for me when I'm in the condition to drive there. Oh well, we all have our crosses to bear
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Post by: KSM32 on January 05, 2019, 06:44:24 PM
While we're asking @Robert questions; Robert, I am of the assumption that you live in New Jersey.. correct? If so, perhaps you could help me with this. I will be traveling to Keyport in July for a speed bag convention/gathering. We will be beating the shit out of bags of all sizes for an entire weekend and it's going to be fucking wonderful.
I digress as I get back to my question. My flight lands in Newark and from there I am to rent a car and travel south down the garden state parkway. Are you familiar with the area? Google directions have proved to be fruitless. Is the GSP in close proximity to the airport in Newark? The idea is to rent a car, get in and start the car, and then head to Keyport without getting lost resulting in pulling over and crying at the roadside :D I thank you in advance for any information you may have.

Soon we'll get back on track and discuss flooring.
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Post by: GravitySucks on January 05, 2019, 06:47:41 PM
While we're asking @Robert questions; Robert, I am of the assumption that you live in New Jersey.. correct? If so, perhaps you could help me with this. I will be traveling to Keyport in July for a speed bag convention/gathering. We will be beating the shit out of bags of all sizes for an entire weekend and it's going to be fucking wonderful.
I digress as I get back to my question. My flight lands in Newark and from there I am to rent a car and travel south down the garden state parkway. Are you familiar with the area? Google directions have proved to be fruitless. Is the GSP in close proximity to the airport in Newark? The idea is to rent a car, get in and start the car, and then head to Keyport without getting lost resulting in pulling over and crying at the roadside :D I thank you in advance for any information you may have.

Soon we'll get back on track and discuss flooring.

Ask @AngiefromNJ
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Post by: KSM32 on January 05, 2019, 06:51:26 PM
Ask @AngiefromNJ
Ok.
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Post by: albrecht on January 05, 2019, 06:53:33 PM
Ok.

Your speed-bag training also might come in more handy than you want/expect if you get off on the wrong exits and accidentally visit certain areas!
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Post by: GravitySucks on January 05, 2019, 07:02:32 PM
Ok.

p.s. Prepay the fuel on the rental car. I think New Jersey is the only state that doesn’t allow you to pump your own gas. And it’s a bitch trying to get fueled up near Newark airport.
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Post by: Walks_At_Night on January 05, 2019, 07:08:03 PM
p.s. Prepay the fuel on the rental car. I think New Jersey is the only state that doesn’t allow you to pump your own gas. And it’s a bitch trying to get fueled up near Newark airport.

Or look to see if the train has a stop near where you want to go.   You might get lucky.
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Post by: KSM32 on January 05, 2019, 07:17:59 PM
Or look to see if the train has a stop near where you want to go.   You might get lucky.
@Walks_At_Night That is actually the best scenario. Keyport is tiny and I don't need a care, really.
p.s. Prepay the fuel on the rental car. I think New Jersey is the only state that doesn’t allow you to pump your own gas. And it’s a bitch trying to get fueled up near Newark airport.
That's good to know. Thank you.
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Post by: KSM32 on January 05, 2019, 07:18:55 PM
Your speed-bag training also might come in more handy than you want/expect if you get off on the wrong exits and accidentally visit certain areas!
Hehehe ;D
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Post by: Sofia on January 05, 2019, 08:44:49 PM
p.s. Prepay the fuel on the rental car. I think New Jersey is the only state that doesn’t allow you to pump your own gas. And it’s a bitch trying to get fueled up near Newark airport.
And most of Oregon.  Oregon is nice to people in pain, and lifts the heavy pump for them!  No more dropping the hose by accident!  Yay!
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Post by: AngiefromNJ on January 06, 2019, 08:16:40 AM
Ask @AngiefromNJ
You can hop right on the GSP from Newark airport. To get on GSP you go to exit 11. :)
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Post by: KSM32 on January 06, 2019, 06:08:21 PM
You can hop right on the GSP from Newark airport. To get on GSP you go to exit 11. :)
@AngiefromNJ Thank you for that. Puts me at ease. If I get on to the right exit to Keyport, I'm golden! :)
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Post by: Walks_At_Night on January 06, 2019, 06:11:59 PM
@AngiefromNJ Thank you for that. Puts me at ease. If I get on to the right exit to Keyport, I'm golden! :)

You said it was for a Speed Bag get together?   Perhaps this Gramps will be there.  Still getting it done at 85.

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Post by: AngiefromNJ on January 06, 2019, 06:15:21 PM
@AngiefromNJ Thank you for that. Puts me at ease. If I get on to the right exit to Keyport, I'm golden! :)
Just remember on some of our exits in NJ they are on the left!
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Post by: KSM32 on January 06, 2019, 08:07:13 PM
You said it was for a Speed Bag get together?   Perhaps this Gramps will be there.  Still getting it done at 85.

First of all, I like that the sons paid a surprise visit. Nice stuff.


@Walks_At_Night   That is basically what happens there. This year will be the annual 10th gathering. But it'll be my first time attending :D  This guy, Alan Khan literally wrote the book on it. Here's a very brief look into it. It gets really, really fast and fierce with elbows and fists from all around the bag.
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Post by: Robert on January 06, 2019, 08:21:42 PM
I digress as I get back to my question. My flight lands in Newark and from there I am to rent a car and travel south down the garden state parkway. Are you familiar with the area? Google directions have proved to be fruitless. Is the GSP in close proximity to the airport in Newark? The idea is to rent a car, get in and start the car, and then head to Keyport without getting lost resulting in pulling over and crying at the roadside :D I thank you in advance for any information you may have.
Don't try to get directly from the airport to the Parkway.  Take the NJ Tpke. S to the GSP.

If you wanted you could even skip the GSP and take US 9 & NJ 35 to Keyport, although under most traffic conditions that'd take longer.
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Post by: Robert on January 06, 2019, 08:30:58 PM
Thanks, Robert. Do people ever call you Bob, and if so, do you mind? It's an odd thing, in my mind, to do so (call William Bill, Robert Bob etc.) but it is a thing.
I get called Bob a lot, & don't mind at all.  Unfortunately I wound up w a lot of Bob friends, & it'd've been more convenient if some of us were called Robert, others Bob, maybe a Rob or Bobby or even Bobo, to distinguish us.  Sometimes one calls here, "Bob, this is Bob, may I speak to Bob?"

In my immediate family I was always Robert (except for the brief period my baby sister called me 'Obby; much later our dog as channeled by Daddy called me 'Obby), but my cousins named Robert were always Bobs or Bobbies to us.  Meanwhile those cousins were Roberts in their immediate families but I was Bobby to them.
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Post by: Robert on January 07, 2019, 08:49:21 AM
Now that I've looked up Real Gymm in Keyport, I see on OpenStreetMap.org it would be better on all acc'ts to take as little of the Garden St. Pkwy. as possible.  You get out of Newark Airport going south on the NJ Turnpike.  Go to Exit 11, which these days is configured so you have to take a little bit of the Garden State Parkway south to get onto US Route 9 (years ago it was the other way around).  Once you do that, continue south and when you see a down ramp to continue south on Route 9, don't.  Just go straight ahead and you'll be on NJ 35.

Route 35 has a right-hand exit (jughandle turn) onto Amboy Road, which becomes Front Street in Keyport.  You just go to 17-19 West Front Street.  This is much simpler than the approach would've been from the GSP Keyport exit.
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Post by: KSM32 on January 07, 2019, 06:23:38 PM
Now that I've looked up Real Gymm in Keyport, I see on OpenStreetMap.org it would be better on all acc'ts to take as little of the Garden St. Pkwy. as possible.  You get out of Newark Airport going south on the NJ Turnpike.  Go to Exit 11, which these days is configured so you have to take a little bit of the Garden State Parkway south to get onto US Route 9 (years ago it was the other way around).  Once you do that, continue south and when you see a down ramp to continue south on Route 9, don't.  Just go straight ahead and you'll be on NJ 35.

Route 35 has a right-hand exit (jughandle turn) onto Amboy Road, which becomes Front Street in Keyport.  You just go to 17-19 West Front Street.  This is much simpler than the approach would've been from the GSP Keyport exit.
Huge thanks for that @Robert  You make it sound easy, or at least very doable for an NJ novice. :D
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Post by: sumethinz new on January 08, 2019, 05:47:01 AM
I get called Bob a lot, & don't mind at all.  Unfortunately I wound up w a lot of Bob friends, & it'd've been more convenient if some of us were called Robert, others Bob, maybe a Rob or Bobby or even Bobo, to distinguish us.  Sometimes one calls here, "Bob, this is Bob, may I speak to Bob?"

In my immediate family I was always Robert (except for the brief period my baby sister called me 'Obby; much later our dog as channeled by Daddy called me 'Obby), but my cousins named Robert were always Bobs or Bobbies to us.  Meanwhile those cousins were Roberts in their immediate families but I was Bobby to them.

Somehow I didn't think you would mind being called Bob, you seeming to be so laid back and all. If I was you, what with all the other Bobs, Bobbies and Roberts, and such, I'd insist on being called THE Bob!, although 'Obby is definitely a fun nickname!

Interesting, or perhaps not to most, but to this day I refer to my sis as Shell because I couldn't pronounce Michele as a kid. Always fun to remember asking my sister to pass the eggs when at the breakfast table, as in, "can you pass the egg, shell?" *a hint for those of us who may need a moment to catch up...we were NOT eating eggshells*  Silly and uninteresting for most, I know...but it's a fond story for me.

In all fairness and in keeping with the theme of this thread, I will now recall that the table and chairs where we sat in the kitchen as a family was set atop some very cheap and cracked linoleum flooring. When I would get bored with the horrible, HORRIBLE powdered eggs and milk, or even when I would get in trouble, I would hide under the table hoping for something better to eat or that I'd somehow be forgotten in some fit of luck lol. It was under that table that I'd look for the random patterns you can find in that type of flooring (like faces and clouds and such.) Most of the time I imagined finding some rather disturbing demons that I thought would somehow get me someday. What an imagination!

Thanks y'all, for indulging me in my telling of such a meaningless story, but memories and how time changes them are interesting. Someone somewhere (not here) said that "remember when" stories are the most boring and pointless. fuck them
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Post by: MaxPower on January 16, 2019, 02:23:18 PM
First job of the new year. I'll always say that hardwood and engineered hardwood floors look better than most laminate floors. This laminate is a reasonably cheap product and it's not the most attractive print IMO.. but with this paint and the baseboards that I installed today, these laminate floors look pretty good. Why these people built this beautiful new rather large home and then decided on, laminate flooring? They do have two large dogs and laminate is much more scratch resistant so maybe that's why.

Anyways I guess with the right paint, trim, and natural light through large windows almost any floor can look really nice.
That looks very good for laminate. What type of laminate is it? Any experience with the new vinyl flooring planks? When I first heard vinyl I said no way, but apparently this is not the same vinyl from years ago and some people really like it. If cost wasn't a big issue, and you were installing a floor (on a concrete slab) with pets and possible spills or accidents, what would you put down?
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Post by: KSM32 on January 16, 2019, 04:46:07 PM
@MaxPower  The laminate flooring is made by Tarkett.

To answer your question; vinyl planking has gotten really popular in the last few years. A lot of restaurants have the glue down planking, you could pour a gallon of water on it and leave it overnight, no damage whatsoever. I just did a couple of bathrooms in the click lock system vinyl planking, and it's great for the DIYer because it's so easy to install. It's waterproof, very scratch resistant and very low maintenance. And yes it's great over slab. You can also install laminate over concrete making it a little warmer of a floor because it has an underlayment and of course laminate is thicker. Carpet over slab would be the warmest.. but.. it's carpet :-\ Some of the laminate products these days are extremely well made and look beautiful.


PS vynil planking and laminate are fine with pets. I have a 145 lb dog all over my laminate, no scratches. The engineered hardwood I plan on replacing all the laminate with will be a little less scratch resiliant but it'll hold up.


hope that helps :)
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Post by: MaxPower on January 16, 2019, 07:17:45 PM
@MaxPower  The laminate flooring is made by Tarkett.

To answer your question; vinyl planking has gotten really popular in the last few years. A lot of restaurants have the glue down planking, you could pour a gallon of water on it and leave it overnight, no damage whatsoever. I just did a couple of bathrooms in the click lock system vinyl planking, and it's great for the DIYer because it's so easy to install. It's waterproof, very scratch resistant and very low maintenance. And yes it's great over slab. You can also install laminate over concrete making it a little warmer of a floor because it has an underlayment and of course laminate is thicker. Carpet over slab would be the warmest.. but.. it's carpet :-\ Some of the laminate products these days are extremely well made and look beautiful.


PS vynil planking and laminate are fine with pets. I have a 145 lb dog all over my laminate, no scratches. The engineered hardwood I plan on replacing all the laminate with will be a little less scratch resiliant but it'll hold up.


hope that helps :)
@ksm32  Thanks for your reply and for the information. It's great to hear from someone who has worked with this type of flooring. I find this type of information more valuable than the product sales information. This will be replacing old carpet. I looked through the rest of this thread and from the photos you posted you do excellent work.
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Post by: KSM32 on January 16, 2019, 11:35:29 PM
@ksm32  Thanks for your reply and for the information. It's great to hear from someone who has worked with this type of flooring. I find this type of information more valuable than the product sales information. This will be replacing old carpet. I looked through the rest of this thread and from the photos you posted you do excellent work.
Thank you for the kind words.    If you're going to do it yourself, and this means ripping out the old carpet.. hopefully it's not been glued down to the cement. That can be a long tedious process resulting in copious amount colorful language. Could just be tack strip fastened and that would be preferable.
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Post by: MaxPower on January 17, 2019, 11:44:10 AM
Thank you for the kind words.    If you're going to do it yourself, and this means ripping out the old carpet.. hopefully it's not been glued down to the cement. That can be a long tedious process resulting in copious amount colorful language. Could just be tack strip fastened and that would be preferable.
The carpet is not glued, just tack strips. We have to cut it up in strips 5 feet or less wide so the city will pick it up. It will be a one room at a time project. The carpet is 18 years old and has held up really well but with 4 rescue dogs, getting rid of the carpet will make cleaning easier.
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Post by: GravitySucks on January 17, 2019, 11:53:56 AM
@ksm32  Thanks for your reply and for the information. It's great to hear from someone who has worked with this type of flooring. I find this type of information more valuable than the product sales information. This will be replacing old carpet. I looked through the rest of this thread and from the photos you posted you do excellent work.

I’m currently having the floor in my house replaced. I had laminate and ceramic tile on concrete and I am going with a real thick vinyl plank. (8mm). It had a better warranty than the laminate and a thicker backing. They put down a moisture barrier first. 
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Post by: KSM32 on January 17, 2019, 07:18:53 PM
I’m currently having the floor in my house replaced. I had laminate and ceramic tile on concrete and I am going with a real thick vinyl plank. (8mm). It had a better warranty than the laminate and a thicker backing. They put down a moisture barrier first.
8 mil vinyl plank, that's the stuff. Only a matter of time before 8 is the standard and laminate products may be in trouble..
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Post by: KSM32 on January 18, 2019, 11:45:27 PM
These stairs may not be spiraled like a previous laminate stair entry but these are real 1" hardwood steps done this week. Wood look over carpet any day. Although some pets, large dogs in particular can be very weary of these beauties. I can assure you, the picture does not do any justice. they even smell good :D

Hopefully this doesn't come out sideways.
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Post by: KSM32 on January 20, 2019, 11:42:19 PM
Taking a risk here, but this is Brazilian Cherry Hardwood left over scraps from a job I did a few years ago. Customer wanted to throw the excess product (ignoring my advice) out so I brought it home and covered my home bar with it. 

Point is; always keep some of your left over flooring. They didn't and now they are desperately searching for a matching product to replace about 6 planks due to dragging a dishwasher across their kitchen. I can offer them my bar, but that won't help and this particular line has been since discontinued. So they're screwed.

Just like food, you can always utilize leftovers.
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Post by: Bart Ell on January 21, 2019, 07:02:37 AM
Thank you for the kind words.    If you're going to do it yourself, and this means ripping out the old carpet.. hopefully it's not been glued down to the cement. That can be a long tedious process resulting in copious amount colorful language. Could just be tack strip fastened and that would be preferable.

Once someone sees what is under their carpet they never want to have carpet again.
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Post by: MaxPower on January 21, 2019, 10:16:46 AM
Once someone sees what is under their carpet they never want to have carpet again.
Especially if you don't vacuum it and deep clean it every once in a while  :)
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Post by: MaxPower on January 21, 2019, 10:20:29 AM
Taking a risk here, but this is Brazilian Cherry Hardwood left over scraps from a job I did a few years ago. Customer wanted to throw the excess product (ignoring my advice) out so I brought it home and covered my home bar with it. 

Point is; always keep some of your left over flooring. They didn't and now they are desperately searching for a matching product to replace about 6 planks due to dragging a dishwasher across their kitchen. I can offer them my bar, but that won't help and this particular line has been since discontinued. So they're screwed.

Just like food, you can always utilize leftovers.
What type of finish did you put on top of the hardwood on top of the bar?
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Post by: KSM32 on January 21, 2019, 02:30:13 PM
What type of finish did you put on top of the hardwood on top of the bar?
@MaxPower That's the product as it is sold. Almost all hardwoods all ready to install out of the box.
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Post by: KSM32 on January 21, 2019, 02:34:34 PM
Once someone sees what is under their carpet they never want to have carpet again.
Years ago when we ripped the carpet out of the living room we were shocked at the amount of dust, dirt and sand. 7LBs worth. The only place with carpet in the house is on the stairs for Vera's sake. Giant breed dogs don't do well with wood, tile, or laminate stairs unless they learn from a very early age.
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Post by: MaxPower on January 21, 2019, 02:43:02 PM
@MaxPower That's the product as it is sold. Almost all hardwoods all ready to install out of the box.
Looks good. I was just wondering if you put an additional finish on it since it was being used as a bar top.
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Post by: KSM32 on February 28, 2019, 08:38:26 PM
Been installing all the floors in a large two level Irish pub that is still under construction. These stairs lead down to the lower level where the Irish game room will be. What Irish games are there other than drinking and fighting? Anyways, I love the look of wood stairs.  Just don't fall down them.. ;) They're very unforgiving.

If you ever have the pleasure of wood stairs in your home you'll never go back to carpet.
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Post by: GravitySucks on February 28, 2019, 08:45:54 PM
Been installing all the floors in a large two level Irish pub that is still under construction. These stairs lead down to the lower level where the Irish game room will be. What Irish games are there other than drinking and fighting? Anyways, I love the look of wood stairs.  Just don't fall down them.. ;) They're very unforgiving.

If you ever have the pleasure of wood stairs in your home you'll never go back to carpet.

@Sofia pm’d me and said she sees a gap on the right of the top stair.
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Post by: KSM32 on February 28, 2019, 09:12:00 PM
@Sofia pm’d me and said she sees a gap on the right of the top stair.
LOl ya big goof, all the trim has yet to be installed. These flooring products require a little breathing room at the end of each row... I know that you know that! Or at least you should. Once baseboards are on and all is finished, things will be perfect. But you know that.

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Post by: Bart Ell on February 28, 2019, 09:15:24 PM
Once baseboards are on and all is finished, things will be perfect.

IF NOT THEN QUARTER ROUND ON THE BASEBOARDS WILL FIX IT RIGHT UP!
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Post by: KSM32 on February 28, 2019, 09:21:39 PM
IF NOT THEN QUARTER ROUND ON THE BASEBOARDS WILL FIX IT RIGHT UP!
First of all you don't have to YELL at me, I'm standing right here.  And yes,,, I will be installing the quarters on top of the plank style baseboards. The owner of the pub is hand staining all the trim so I am waiting for him now that the floors are in.. taking his sweet time and I have other stuff to get to.
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Post by: Sofia on March 01, 2019, 11:24:04 PM
I did not PM GS about stair gap. 
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Post by: GravitySucks on March 01, 2019, 11:24:41 PM
I did not PM GS about stair gap.

Prove it.
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Post by: KSM32 on March 02, 2019, 12:10:01 AM
I did not PM GS about stair gap.
@Sofia  @GravitySucks

For the record and just to be completely clear so we can put this controversy to bed where I'll be having my way with Sofia because she has a thing for overly muscular macho men!!! The 3/8 GAP at the top of the picture is not a STAIR!! It is the last row/line of planks on the main/top floor where the aforementioned baseboard will be installed next week!!!  Stairs do NOT require any expansion space. THE PICTURE IS TAKEN FROM THE TOP FLOOR LOOKING DOWN!



Now look what you've made me do!! >:(
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Post by: Sofia on March 02, 2019, 12:13:49 AM
Prove it.
I've been mean to KSM before.  Why would I hold back now? 

How do you take the heat in Texas during summer if the power goes out?  Is there a charity program for people who can't afford A/C units in Texas?
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Post by: Sofia on March 02, 2019, 12:23:51 AM
@Sofia  @GravitySucks

For the record and just to be completely clear so we can put this controversy to bed where I'll be having my way with Sofia because she has a thing for overly muscular macho men!!! The 3/8 GAP at the top of the picture is not a STAIR!! It is the last row/line of planks on the main/top floor where the aforementioned baseboard will be installed next week!!!  Stairs do NOT require any expansion space. THE PICTURE IS TAKEN FROM THE TOP FLOOR LOOKING DOWN!



Now look what you've made me do!! >:(
In home construction, 3/8" gap is acceptable.  Up to 4/8", actually.  That is the industry standard.
Important muscles are between the ears and on the left ring finger...
Have a good night you all.  I've been on 12-hour shifts, including tomorrow.
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Post by: GravitySucks on March 02, 2019, 12:24:36 AM
I've been mean to KSM before.  Why would I hold back now? 

How do you take the heat in Texas during summer if the power goes out?  Is there a charity program for people who can't afford A/C units in Texas?

I don’t know. When I moved down here not everyone had AC. It could get miserable. I’ve been hotter in other places but never with the oppressive humidity we can have here. I have a portable generator and window AC as a backup. Needed it for about 5 days after Ike.
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Post by: Sofia on March 02, 2019, 12:27:33 AM
I don’t know. When I moved down here not everyone had AC. It could get miserable. I’ve been hotter in other places but never with the oppressive humidity we can have here. I have a portable generator and window AC as a backup. Needed it for about 5 days after Ike.
I like cellars, and of course, trees.  Glad you had it after the hurricane!  @GravitySucks have a good night.
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Post by: GravitySucks on March 02, 2019, 12:31:37 AM
In home construction, 3/8" gap is acceptable.  Up to 4/8", actually.  That is the industry standard.
Important muscles are between the ears and on the left ring finger...
Have a good night you all.  I've been on 12-hour shifts, including tomorrow.

Night quackers.
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Post by: 26 horses on March 02, 2019, 09:26:47 AM
In home construction, 3/8" gap is acceptable.  Up to 4/8", actually.  That is the industry standard.

Are you sure?

https://www.nwfa.org/NWFA-NOFMA%20Unfinished%20Standard%20Final-April%202018.pdf
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Post by: KSM32 on March 02, 2019, 10:08:53 PM
Expansion gaps vary from product to product. Everything from the structure the floors are being installed in to the climate ETC have to be considered, especially when it comes to real, hard wood products.  Another thing to consider is the length of the row of planks... a 50 FT wide row of 1" plank hardwood will need a larger allowance than a 10 FT row, think about it.   The heated online spats "fights" between contractor to contractor about such issues are downright hilarious. Nothing more than a dick measuring contest, in which case.. I would win.  ;D ;D ;D

There is NO real worldwide "industry standard"

PS  I'd like to thank @GravitySucks for this BS debate ::) and for starting Sofia on another conversation that she just, can't, climb.
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Post by: MaxPower on March 15, 2019, 02:11:02 PM
@KSM32 A question for our resident flooring expert: For installing new vinyl planks in a kitchen area, would you remove the old linoleum roll flooring (on concrete)? My first impression was to remove it and the glue remnants but someone said it wasn't necessary to remove it and to install the new flooring over it. Would there be any benefit to leaving it? I am a do-it-right-the-first-time type of person, so if removing it first is the way to go, that's what I will do.
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Post by: 26 horses on March 15, 2019, 03:12:29 PM
One thing to consider - old linoleum often had asbestos in it. If so and it's not bubbled or uneven, I'd leave it be.

I bet KSM will tell you to go with natural wood though... ;)
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Post by: KSM32 on March 15, 2019, 04:32:08 PM
@KSM32 A question for our resident flooring expert: For installing new vinyl planks in a kitchen area, would you remove the old linoleum roll flooring (on concrete)? My first impression was to remove it and the glue remnants but someone said it wasn't necessary to remove it and to install the new flooring over it. Would there be any benefit to leaving it? I am a do-it-right-the-first-time type of person, so if removing it first is the way to go, that's what I will do.
@MaxPower
Like 26H said, if it's not bubbling or coming up in any way just go right over it. If you see it coming up in a few small places like corners, just cut off the loose stuff and put down a thin layer of leveling compound in its place (no big deal)  I must ask! Are you talkin g about a click-lock plank or a glue down product? If you're thinking glue down? It has to be done right, there is no margin for error with the adhesive and plank setting. If you have any door jambs to navigate around? Undercut them so you can get the flooring UNDER the jamb as opposed to around it. If you don't have an undercut saw you can rent one for the day.  Sorry for the filibuster :-\


If you're going to DIY take a before and after shot to post. Best of luck to you.


@26 horses A buddy of mine put real wood throughout his house including the kitchen and bathrooms and it looked amazing until one of the toilets wax ring began to leak and water spread out under the floor. He caught it about six weeks after the leak started. Yikes!  I think wood in the kitchen is just fine and it looks beautiful, but bathrooms? Yeah. he was just asking for trouble. All the moisture ventilation in the world wouldn't have saved him.
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Post by: 26 horses on March 15, 2019, 06:12:25 PM
@MaxPower
Like 26H said, if it's not bubbling or coming up in any way just go right over it. If you see it coming up in a few small places like corners, just cut off the loose stuff and put down a thin layer of leveling compound in its place (no big deal)  I must ask! Are you talkin g about a click-lock plank or a glue down product? If you're thinking glue down? It has to be done right, there is no margin for error with the adhesive and plank setting. If you have any door jambs to navigate around? Undercut them so you can get the flooring UNDER the jamb as opposed to around it. If you don't have an undercut saw you can rent one for the day.  Sorry for the filibuster :-\

Very complete answer.

And these are not cheap saws, so renting is wise:

https://www.amazon.com/Crain-Heavy-Duty-Undercut-Formerly-825NEW/dp/B07C7G2Y9F?psc=1&SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duckduckgo-osx-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B07C7G2Y9F


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If you're going to DIY take a before and after shot to post. Best of luck to you.

@26 horses A buddy of mine put real wood throughout his house including the kitchen and bathrooms and it looked amazing until one of the toilets wax ring began to leak and water spread out under the floor. He caught it about six weeks after the leak started. Yikes!  I think wood in the kitchen is just fine and it looks beautiful, but bathrooms? Yeah. he was just asking for trouble. All the moisture ventilation in the world wouldn't have saved him.

Uggh...

I've got a friend whose icemaker went bad - same thing in the kitchen. They caught it quickly, but it always pays to have enough spare planks to be able to replace, and they did. Baths and kitchens are tile only territory for me.  :-X
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Post by: MaxPower on March 15, 2019, 08:17:44 PM
One thing to consider - old linoleum often had asbestos in it. If so and it's not bubbled or uneven, I'd leave it be.
Good point. Fortunately, this linoleum was made after asbestos use was phased out. There are a few spots than would have to be prepped if it was left down.

I've got a friend whose icemaker went bad - same thing in the kitchen. They caught it quickly, but it always pays to have enough spare planks to be able to replace, and they did. Baths and kitchens are tile only territory for me.  :-X
Another good point about keeping a box or two of spares, especially if you want replacements to match. Maybe make that 3 or 4 boxes :)

@MaxPower
Like 26H said, if it's not bubbling or coming up in any way just go right over it. If you see it coming up in a few small places like corners, just cut off the loose stuff and put down a thin layer of leveling compound in its place (no big deal)  I must ask! Are you talkin g about a click-lock plank or a glue down product? If you're thinking glue down? It has to be done right, there is no margin for error with the adhesive and plank setting. If you have any door jambs to navigate around? Undercut them so you can get the flooring UNDER the jamb as opposed to around it. If you don't have an undercut saw you can rent one for the day.  Sorry for the filibuster :-\

If you're going to DIY take a before and after shot to post. Best of luck to you.
I will be getting the click-lock planks. We will probably have someone install it since it is essentially a whole house project and while furniture is moved around or out, I will be busy with paint and some minor remodeling prior to and one step ahead of the flooring install. The significant other says she prefers we have the flooring installed by someone because they would do the install much quicker than I would  :)  which is true, so it is important to keep the peace at home :) . I plan on taking before and after photos. Hoping it will turn out well like some of the photos you have posted in this thread.

I must admit when my significant other first brought up the new planking materials that she had looked into, I told her I was skeptical about the durability and waterproof claims but from what you have said I am much more confident that they are good products. Thanks again for the info...
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Post by: GravitySucks on March 15, 2019, 08:26:09 PM
Good point. Fortunately, this linoleum was made after asbestos use was phased out. There are a few spots than would have to be prepped if it was left down.
I will be getting the click-lock planks. We will probably have someone install it since it is essentially a whole house project and while furniture is moved around or out, I will be busy with paint and some minor remodeling prior to and one step ahead of the flooring install. The significant other says she prefers we have the flooring installed by someone because they would do the install much quicker than I would  :)  which is true, so it is important to keep the peace at home :) . I plan on taking before and after photos. Hoping it will turn out well like some of the photos you have posted in this thread.

I must admit when my significant other first brought up the new planking materials that she had looked into, I told her I was skeptical about the durability and waterproof claims but from what you have said I am much more confident that they are good products. Thanks again for the info...

I had laminate and ceramic tile installed about 20 years ago. Last month I had it all replaced with vinyl. I’m very happy with the installation. It took me a long time to get comfortable with the idea of installing vinyl.

I agree with @KSM32 about the necessity of an undercut saw. I have one that used to install bamboo flooring in my office. Ask the installer if you can see his jamb saw. If he doesn’t know what you are talking about find another installer.
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Post by: KSM32 on March 15, 2019, 08:31:13 PM
@MaxPower Vinyl planking is almost the standard for many bars and restaurants these days because of its durability. You should be all good :)  Glad you're getting a "pro" to do it.  One thing.... hehehe  flooring installers HATE it when the customer stands over them all day watching them work. And it's even worse when they don't talk ;D ;D ;D  I'm not suggesting that you do this but I kind of hope you do ;D ;D  Make that bastard squirm!!

@26 horses You posted my main jamb saw. Those are the absolute best.  The blade replacements are pricey (about $60) and the diamond blades for undercutting brick and stone can get up to $100 and sometimes they last only one job :o  Depends on the size of the hearth and what it's made of.  Undercutting stone is the dustiest job ever! Swiffering wouldn't cut it.
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Post by: KSM32 on March 15, 2019, 08:38:29 PM
I agree with @KSM32 about the necessity of an undercut saw. I have one that used to install bamboo flooring in my office. Ask the installer if you can see his jam saw. If he doesn’t know what you are talking about find another installer.
@GravitySucks Some old timers still pull out a little hand saw for those door jambs and they can grouchy when asked why they don't just get something that they can PLUG IN to the wall!! Like we're the pussies for not doing it manually taking up an extra hour or two of our day. Either way those guys do nice work. Maybe they just don't want to go home as early as some of us. Somehow I can understand that being as they are very close to retirement and dreading the long days of Scrabble with the wife..
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Post by: MaxPower on March 16, 2019, 09:31:23 AM
I had laminate and ceramic tile installed about 20 years ago. Last month I had it all replaced with vinyl. I’m very happy with the installation. It took me a long time to get comfortable with the idea of installing vinyl.

I agree with @KSM32 about the necessity of an undercut saw. I have one that used to install bamboo flooring in my office. Ask the installer if you can see his jamb saw. If he doesn’t know what you are talking about find another installer.
@GravitySucks Thanks for the info about your experience. Our flooring is about the same age as yours and it's good to hear the replacement turned out well for you. Good comment on the undercut saw.
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Post by: MaxPower on March 16, 2019, 09:33:10 AM
@MaxPower Vinyl planking is almost the standard for many bars and restaurants these days because of its durability. You should be all good :)  Glad you're getting a "pro" to do it.  One thing.... hehehe  flooring installers HATE it when the customer stands over them all day watching them work. And it's even worse when they don't talk ;D ;D ;D  I'm not suggesting that you do this but I kind of hope you do ;D ;D  Make that bastard squirm!!
  :)
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Post by: GravitySucks on March 16, 2019, 11:02:50 AM
@GravitySucks Thanks for the info about your experience. Our flooring is about the same age as yours and it's good to hear the replacement turned out well for you. Good comment on the undercut saw.

We had a drought a few years back. I did my best to water along the foundation but my slab cracked. That caused the ceramic tile to crack. To level the foundation they had to dig about 30 holes to put in the footings/piers. 5 of those were in the interior. They had to jackhammer 3 holes through the kitchen ceramic tile and I had to cut out a 3 foot strip of the laminate in the bedroom so they could cut 2 holes there.

The laminate was starting to show its age due to a few water incidents anyway.

I will always prefer ceramic or porcelain tile in the kitchen. Just my tastes. But I was afraid of it cracking again if the slab ever settled. It hadn’t moved in 5 years but knowing my luck it would shift this summer. I looked at floating porcelain tile but decided to keep it simple and just have them put down vinyl throughout the downstairs.

The bamboo floor I installed myself in my upstairs office will last longer than the house. I put down 1/4” cement hardie backer board screwed down to the underlayment on 6” centers. Then I used urethane adhesive and toe nails to anchor it. The office is above my master bedroom so I wanted some sound proofing added.  It worked out real well.

They are still working on other projects at my house. When I get things back in order I will try to take some pics. I used to be willing and able to do this kind of stuff on my own but finally just had someone do it. I couldn’t see myself chiseling up all of that ceramic tile and then farting off 1500 sq/ft of old flooring to the dump.

I had minor issues with some of the detail work the contractor did but they came out and fixed it right before I finished paying them. I don’t necessarily like the color my son picked out but it will last forever.
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Post by: 26 horses on March 16, 2019, 11:31:23 AM
@MaxPower Vinyl planking is almost the standard for many bars and restaurants these days because of its durability. You should be all good :)  Glad you're getting a "pro" to do it.  One thing.... hehehe  flooring installers HATE it when the customer stands over them all day watching them work. And it's even worse when they don't talk ;D ;D ;D  I'm not suggesting that you do this but I kind of hope you do ;D ;D  Make that bastard squirm!!

Super cool that you're not just a hardwood aesthetic purist on flooring.

The true vinyl planking has come a long way since the early days of Pergo which always make me think of a small dog with untrimmed nails chasing ping pong balls...lol... ;)

Just always be sure these planks are solid vinyl and not a laminated product with wood; it's easy to get sold a factory finish and not realize it's a composite which will be poor with spilled water.

Then you give him real insider secrets on silently watching, too freaking funny. Hope that one doesn't go reverse karma on you... 8)

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@26 horses You posted my main jamb saw. Those are the absolute best.  The blade replacements are pricey (about $60) and the diamond blades for undercutting brick and stone can get up to $100 and sometimes they last only one job :o  Depends on the size of the hearth and what it's made of.  Undercutting stone is the dustiest job ever! Swiffering wouldn't cut it.

Wow, lucky pick on my part, but it had some awesome specs.

I've done wet concrete sawing and I can tell you one thing, the water doesn't even begin to keep all the concrete dust down, stone is just as bad. It sure helps if you have a respirator, ear protection, and a helper with a really stout shop vac to work alongside you. Even then I advise tenting the area with poly and tape to contain it all - like paint these jobs are 95% prep and 5% actual work, so don't skimp up front.

I'm looking forward to seeing Max's pics, nothing beats before and after for satisfaction. :)
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Post by: MaxPower on March 16, 2019, 02:57:58 PM
The true vinyl planking has come a long way since the early days of Pergo which always make me think of a small dog with untrimmed nails chasing ping pong balls...lol... ;)
I know that sound  :)

I've done wet concrete sawing and I can tell you one thing, the water doesn't even begin to keep all the concrete dust down, stone is just as bad. It sure helps if you have a respirator, ear protection, and a helper with a really stout shop vac to work alongside you. Even then I advise tenting the area with poly and tape to contain it all - like paint these jobs are 95% prep and 5% actual work, so don't skimp up front.

I'm looking forward to seeing Max's pics, nothing beats before and after for satisfaction. :)
Years ago I removed a fireplace inside the house. A lot of chiseling and some concrete cutting. I tented the local area surrounding it from ceiling to floor and used a vacuum. Concrete dust still found a way to circulate throughout adjacent rooms. Not as much as it would have been without the tenting and vacuum but it still found a way to circulate with the air. Concrete dust and also drywall dust from sanding are my two nemesis(s).
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Post by: MaxPower on March 16, 2019, 03:05:42 PM
We had a drought a few years back. I did my best to water along the foundation but my slab cracked. That caused the ceramic tile to crack. To level the foundation they had to dig about 30 holes to put in the footings/piers. 5 of those were in the interior. They had to jackhammer 3 holes through the kitchen ceramic tile and I had to cut out a 3 foot strip of the laminate in the bedroom so they could cut 2 holes there.
Wow, that is some major foundation work. Hopefully that has stabilized it for the foreseeable future.

I used to be willing and able to do this kind of stuff on my own but finally just had someone do it. I couldn’t see myself chiseling up all of that ceramic tile and then farting off 1500 sq/ft of old flooring to the dump.
I hear you. That's my thinking also. It's also a lot of wear and tear on the knees.
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Post by: 26 horses on March 16, 2019, 03:48:17 PM
I know that sound  :)
Years ago I removed a fireplace inside the house. A lot of chiseling and some concrete cutting. I tented the local area surrounding it from ceiling to floor and used a vacuum. Concrete dust still found a way to circulate throughout adjacent rooms. Not as much as it would have been without the tenting and vacuum but it still found a way to circulate with the air. Concrete dust and also drywall dust from sanding are my two nemesis(s).

Arrgh...drywall dust, my other long lost friend... ::)

And frankly even though I have a Makita orbital sander with a vacuum attachment, it's kind meh too. The last time we did bathroom tile work the exhaust fan was plumbed in to a long plastic dryer hose to reach the floor and turned on - and it mostly worked fairly well - just basic duct tape and hose.

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Post by: MaxPower on March 31, 2019, 06:27:51 AM
The flooring project is well underway and should be finished by Tuesday. We are doing the whole house with vinyl planking and so far the installers are doing a great job. It is replacing mostly carpeted rooms and also some linoleum in the kitchen and three smaller tiled areas. Removing the carpet and seeing the new flooring gives the rooms a completely different look and feel. Will post some pictures soon.
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Post by: KSM32 on March 31, 2019, 11:47:34 AM
The flooring project is well underway and should be finished by Tuesday. We are doing the whole house with vinyl planking and so far the installers are doing a great job. It is replacing mostly carpeted rooms and also some linoleum in the kitchen and three smaller tiled areas. Removing the carpet and seeing the new flooring gives the rooms a completely different look and feel. Will post some pictures soon.
@MaxPower That's great to hear. Sometimes new floors open up a can o' worms as you suddenly realize... "hmmm.. I think the place needs some new paint and baseboards to compliment the new floors"  ;) $$$
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Post by: GravitySucks on March 31, 2019, 11:57:18 AM
@MaxPower That's great to hear. Sometimes new floors open up a can o' worms as you suddenly realize... "hmmm.. I think the place needs some new paint and baseboards to compliment the new floors"  ;) $$$

Or you just start replacing the grout in a shower.
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Post by: MaxPower on April 01, 2019, 12:57:45 PM
@MaxPower That's great to hear. Sometimes new floors open up a can o' worms as you suddenly realize... "hmmm.. I think the place needs some new paint and baseboards to compliment the new floors"  ;) $$$
Funny you should mention baseboards. I am repainting all of them and the interior doors  :)
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Post by: MaxPower on April 01, 2019, 12:58:52 PM
Or you just start replacing the grout in a shower.
The shower grout will be getting attention soon along with some other things. It never ends...
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Post by: KSM32 on April 01, 2019, 07:33:47 PM
Funny you should mention baseboards. I am repainting all of them and the interior doors  :)
I'll lend you my cordless DeWalt brad nailer.
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Post by: JayGab on April 07, 2019, 06:23:09 PM
I'll lend you my cordless DeWalt brad nailer.
I suggest you keep the nailer and use it on your eyes, asshole.
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Post by: KSM32 on April 07, 2019, 08:50:48 PM
I suggest you keep the nailer and use it on your eyes, asshole.
Whoa!! What a poopypants meanhead you are!
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Post by: 26 horses on April 08, 2019, 10:22:42 AM
Whoa!! What a poopypants meanhead you are!

It's volunteering for some hot undercut saw action... :o
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Post by: KSM32 on April 08, 2019, 06:04:02 PM
It's volunteering for some hot undercut saw action... :o
Hehe  depending on how many doorways there are to prep, that saw most often sets off the nearest smoke detector as I always forget to tell my customer that it may happen so it usually scares the crap out of us as I mentally facepalm myself for not remembering about the beeping bastard. Damn they're loud sometimes


BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP...
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Post by: 26 horses on April 09, 2019, 09:20:37 AM
Hehe  depending on how many doorways there are to prep, that saw most often sets off the nearest smoke detector as I always forget to tell my customer that it may happen so it usually scares the crap out of us as I mentally facepalm myself for not remembering about the beeping bastard. Damn they're loud sometimes


BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP...

Is it the sound or the smoking baseboard wood?

I've had similar Sawzall results, must change blade more often...meanwhile, honor my Hilte!

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Post by: KSM32 on April 09, 2019, 05:31:03 PM
Is it the sound or the smoking baseboard wood?

I've had similar Sawzall results, must change blade more often...meanwhile, honor my Hilte!

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No baseboards, door jambs. It creates a very warm smoky dust cloud when used in tight spaces like a narrow hallway where smoke detectors can usually be found. And of course hallways are where the doorways are.


#dustmask
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Post by: 26 horses on April 09, 2019, 06:50:39 PM
No baseboards, door jambs. It creates a very warm smoky dust cloud when used in tight spaces like a narrow hallway where smoke detectors can usually be found. And of course hallways are where the doorways are.


#dustmask

Doors are a mother if they're laminate or solid wood, but a disaster if they're hollow core. Learned that once the very hard way. Masking tape alert!
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Post by: KSM32 on April 09, 2019, 11:14:56 PM
Doors are a mother if they're laminate or solid wood, but a disaster if they're hollow core. Learned that once the very hard way. Masking tape alert!
The regular blades for my saw cost $60. ish  and if there are nails in the bottom where the door frame meets the floor boards the sparks fly and I cuss under the sound of the saw as I know the life of a brand new blade has just been shortened. I'll have to post some pictures soon.


MaxPower, let's see those new floors
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Post by: 26 horses on April 10, 2019, 10:10:08 AM
The regular blades for my saw cost $60. ish  and if there are nails in the bottom where the door frame meets the floor boards the sparks fly and I cuss under the sound of the saw as I know the life of a brand new blade has just been shortened. I'll have to post some pictures soon.

 ;)

Beeping &$!# nails!


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Post by: MaxPower on April 14, 2019, 07:14:08 AM
MaxPower, let's see those new floors
It's been a very busy couple of weeks. The floors have been installed and completed and I am finishing up painting all of the interior woodwork and some minor remodeling and rearranging. And of course, that always takes more time than anticipated as things to do are added along the way such as some new light fixtures wife finds at Lowes on sale :)

The flooring installers took an extra day and a half to finish (and that's ok, as I am more interested in doing it right that doing it fast). Things are slowly getting back to normal and we are taking this opportunity to go through years of accumulating stuff and donating where possible or throwing out unneeded items.

If I were to do a whole house flooring project again, one thing I would probably do is to rent one of the storage pods and move everything (or at least half the house furniture and other items) into the storage pod. We ran out of space to put things temporarily. It was a real frog show. The installers however were great about moving things around from room to room.

Here is one photo of the hallway (right after the flooring was installed but BEFORE the woodwork was painted).

MORE photos to come as rooms are completed and put back together...

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Post by: 26 horses on April 14, 2019, 09:05:33 AM
It's been a very busy couple of weeks. The floors have been installed and completed and I am finishing up painting all of the interior woodwork and some minor remodeling and rearranging. And of course, that always takes more time than anticipated as things to do are added along the way such as some new light fixtures wife finds at Lowes on sale :)

The flooring installers took an extra day and a half to finish (and that's ok, as I am more interested in doing it right that doing it fast). Things are slowly getting back to normal and we are taking this opportunity to go through years of accumulating stuff and donating where possible or throwing out unneeded items.

If I were to do a whole house flooring project again, one thing I would probably do is to rent one of the storage pods and move everything (or at least half the house furniture and other items) into the storage pod. We ran out of space to put things temporarily. It was a real frog show. The installers however were great about moving things around from room to room.

Here is one photo of the hallway (right after the flooring was installed but BEFORE the woodwork was painted).

MORE photos to come as rooms are completed and put back together...

+1 for in-progress pics, few will share anything but the ned result. I do like the barn wood finish. So apparently this is an engineered wood, what name or finish does it go by?
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Post by: MaxPower on April 14, 2019, 11:11:50 AM
+1 for in-progress pics, few will share anything but the ned result. I do like the barn wood finish. So apparently this is an engineered wood, what name or finish does it go by?
It is Marquis Industries Williamsburg Timberland. We looked at quite a few samples and this one goes with most of the other furniture and we liked the variations in it. Such a big change from carpet. It gives the whole house a brand new look.

Here is another work in progress photo of the desk I am redoing and modifying (the desk top is upside down in the photo). All of the shelves and cabinets in the background had to come down and be moved as this was one of the rooms I painted. It's not that disorganized usually :) but had to get things hooked up temporarily so internet, security cameras, tv, would work. I don't like the disorganization but it's only temporary...
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Post by: 26 horses on April 14, 2019, 11:19:20 AM
It is Marquis Industries Williamsburg Timberland. We looked at quite a few samples and this one goes with most of the other furniture and we liked the variations in it. Such a big change from carpet. It gives the whole house a brand new look.

Here is another work in progress photo of the desk I am redoing and modifying (the desk top is upside down in the photo). All of the shelves and cabinets in the background had to come down and be moved as this was one of the rooms I painted. It's not that disorganized usually :) but had to get things hooked up temporarily so internet, security cameras, tv, would work. I don't like the disorganization but it's only temporary...

I hear you, lack of order is quite frustrating, but you do what you have to. Oh those Danish modern metal pin connectors, aren't they a thrill to sort out and lock in? I can remember assembling one desk almost completely backward to the half way point before the inevitable face-palm. ::)

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Post by: MaxPower on April 14, 2019, 11:37:59 AM
I hear you, lack of order is quite frustrating, but you do what you have to. Oh those Danish modern metal pin connectors, aren't they a thrill to sort out and lock in? I can remember assembling one desk almost completely backward to the half way point before the inevitable face-palm. ::)

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Very familiar with those metal pin connectors :) I will also add that one new furniture item I just put together was from IKEA and I am very impressed with their quality and price. We had a new IKEA store open last year here (huge store), and this was the first item I have assembled from them. All the pieces fit correctly and no assembly headaches.
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Post by: 26 horses on April 14, 2019, 11:47:04 AM
Very familiar with those metal pin connectors :) I will also add that one new furniture item I just put together was from IKEA and I am very impressed with their quality and price. We had a new IKEA store open last year here (huge store), and this was the first item I have assembled from them. All the pieces fit correctly and no assembly headaches.

I'v heard pretty good things about their product. My only gripe with them is that you have to follow a path through the whole store to get to the department you want. I suppose there are shortcuts? Maybe not put on an information board like most malls do though.

Did you get a cinnamon bun?

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Post by: KSM32 on April 14, 2019, 01:10:35 PM
It's been a very busy couple of weeks. The floors have been installed and completed and I am finishing up painting all of the interior woodwork and some minor remodeling and rearranging. And of course, that always takes more time than anticipated as things to do are added along the way such as some new light fixtures wife finds at Lowes on sale :)

The flooring installers took an extra day and a half to finish (and that's ok, as I am more interested in doing it right that doing it fast). Things are slowly getting back to normal and we are taking this opportunity to go through years of accumulating stuff and donating where possible or throwing out unneeded items.

If I were to do a whole house flooring project again, one thing I would probably do is to rent one of the storage pods and move everything (or at least half the house furniture and other items) into the storage pod. We ran out of space to put things temporarily. It was a real frog show. The installers however were great about moving things around from room to room.

Here is one photo of the hallway (right after the flooring was installed but BEFORE the woodwork was painted).

MORE photos to come as rooms are completed and put back together...
Cool, Max. Looks nice. And it sounds like you had some nice installers in, a lot of guys will not move furniture around or they will bill you for it when they do. I draw the line at major appliances and moving thingSSS from one floor to another but I try and cover all that before installation date has even been set. This way there are no surprises for anybody, no awkward moments.
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Post by: MaxPower on April 14, 2019, 04:19:23 PM
Cool, Max. Looks nice. And it sounds like you had some nice installers in, a lot of guys will not move furniture around or they will bill you for it when they do. I draw the line at major appliances and moving thingSSS from one floor to another but I try and cover all that before installation date has even been set. This way there are no surprises for anybody, no awkward moments.
They were easy to work with and were pretty close to the estimate of how much flooring would be needed, ending up with about a half box left over. I am going to get another box to keep for any future use.
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Post by: MaxPower on April 14, 2019, 04:23:09 PM
I'v heard pretty good things about their product. My only gripe with them is that you have to follow a path through the whole store to get to the department you want. I suppose there are shortcuts? Maybe not put on an information board like most malls do though.

Did you get a cinnamon bun?

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The IKEA store does have shortcuts and they are mapped out and labeled. The first time there, we did stop at the café. Didn't notice the cinnamon buns :( but did try their famous Swedish meatballs :) Next time I go, I will check out those cinnamon buns.
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Post by: albrecht on April 14, 2019, 04:28:58 PM
The IKEA store does have shortcuts and they are mapped out and labeled. The first time there, we did stop at the café. Didn't notice the cinnamon buns :( but did try their famous Swedish meatballs :) Next time I go, I will check out those cinnamon buns.

And they sell good brands of herring and also sauce to make good gravy for meat balls etc at home. @K_Dubb would likely strike me for using pre-made Norskie gravy, or any gravy, packets and not making from scratch.

Re: IKEA and some others I'm torn. On the one hand it is nice, for sake of handling/processing errors, including "extra" connectors, screws, etc is good but also can perplex a person after assembly when you have left over parts. "Did I miss something?" and second guessing.
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Post by: K_Dubb on April 14, 2019, 04:58:45 PM
And they sell good brands of herring and also sauce to make good gravy for meat balls etc at home. @K_Dubb would likely strike me for using pre-made Norskie gravy, or any gravy, packets and not making from scratch.

Re: IKEA and some others I'm torn. On the one hand it is nice, for sake of handling/processing errors, including "extra" connectors, screws, etc is good but also can perplex a person after assembly when you have left over parts. "Did I miss something?" and second guessing.

I don't argue with any meatballs and gravy, but the Ikea ones are a dumbed-down underspiced version of real scandy meatballs.  You could put them on spaghetti and no one would know the difference.  You should be able to taste the spices -- nutmeg, allspice, ginger.  Also the brown gravy is confusing; Swedes tend to make a milk- or cream-based pale sauce, while Norwegians use basic dark brun saus.  My big sis makes the best.  She fusses over it quite a bit but has been known to sneak a pinch of cayenne in, which is delicious -- shhhh.

I have long suspected our local Daughters lodge of using Ikea meatballs at the bazaar and finally got the honcho to admit it last Christmas.  We were complimenting the verdensbestekake (which is really good) and she said "yes, everything is homemade" and I said "those meatballs taste awfully familiar..."  She had to fess up.

Agree on the herring -- the Swedes do it better than anybody.  Fat, tender fish, not too vinegary.
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Post by: JayGab on April 16, 2019, 12:39:24 AM
The so-called flooring pictures in this attention seekers thread look like the work of a Canadian Vara. Big deal, you can put a fucking puzzle together. ::) 
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Post by: Bart Ell on April 16, 2019, 06:11:14 AM
The so-called flooring pictures in this attention seekers thread look like the work of a Canadian Vara. Big deal, you can put a fucking puzzle together. ::)

And it's one of those 96 piece puzzles designed for the glue eating kids.
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Post by: MaxPower on April 16, 2019, 07:31:39 AM
The so-called flooring pictures in this attention seekers thread look like the work of a Canadian Vara. Big deal, you can put a fucking puzzle together. ::)
This thread gets a 5 out of 5 from me. It has helped me decide to do a whole house refloor (completed a couple of weeks ago) with one of the products discussed. After seeing some of the photos and asking some questions about flooring, @KSM32, who obviously knows what he is talking about, was key in helping me decide with the wife to go with the type of flooring we went with. And it was a good decision and we couldn't be happier. I had no idea flooring products had progressed so much from what I remembered from yesteryear.

After seeing the crew installing it, there is a lot that goes into making a good installation and doing it right.
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Post by: 26 horses on April 16, 2019, 08:39:59 AM
The so-called flooring pictures in this attention seekers thread look like the work of a Canadian Vara. Big deal, you can put a fucking puzzle together. ::)

It's a vinyl planking product, looks to be multiple widths and it still has to be cut and fit like any decent hardwood plank. 8)
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Post by: 26 horses on April 16, 2019, 08:44:19 AM
This thread gets a 5 out of 5 from me. It has helped me decide to do a whole house refloor (completed a couple of weeks ago) with one of the products discussed. After seeing some of the photos and asking some questions about flooring, @KSM32, who obviously knows what he is talking about, was key in helping me decide with the wife to go with the type of flooring we went with. And it was a good decision and we couldn't be happier. I had no idea flooring products had progressed so much from what I remembered from yesteryear.

After seeing the crew installing it, there is a lot that goes into making a good installation and doing it right.

A vinyl plank only differs from hardwood in the lack of expansion/contraction and of course the blade needed to cut it.

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I'm curious now that it's down, what is the foot sound like?

Pergo has a nasty tap dancing patter, this vinyl planking has to sound pretty solid by comparison?
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Post by: MaxPower on April 16, 2019, 09:12:08 AM
A vinyl plank only differs from hardwood in the lack of expansion/contraction and of course the blade needed to cut it.

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I'm curious now that it's down, what is the foot sound like?

Pergo has a nasty tap dancing patter, this vinyl planking has to sound pretty solid by comparison?
Soft sole shoes make a muffled soft sound. Hard sole shoes make more of the clickety tap sound. Dogs walking on it with their nails make the clickcety clackity tapping sound. The dogs were used to the traction that the carpet provided and it took them a couple of days to get familiar with the lesser traction afforded on the new flooring. They adapted quickly and now take it a bit slower when turning corners :) 
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Post by: 26 horses on April 16, 2019, 09:25:20 AM
Soft sole shoes make a muffled soft sound. Hard sole shoes make more of the clickety tap sound. Dogs walking on it with their nails make the clickcety clackity tapping sound. The dogs were used to the traction that the carpet provided and it took them a couple of days to get familiar with the lesser traction afforded on the new flooring. They adapted quickly and now take it a bit slower when turning corners :)

So how do you like it then, I know even real hardwood will be clicky for dog claws, but it's the footfall that matters.

Key thing though, it's a forever floor (more or less) and you didn't have to do any of the plank gapping seal work, which never lasts anyway:

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Post by: MaxPower on April 16, 2019, 12:41:57 PM
So how do you like it then, I know even real hardwood will be clicky for dog claws, but it's the footfall that matters.

Key thing though, it's a forever floor (more or less) and you didn't have to do any of the plank gapping seal work, which never lasts anyway:

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I really like the new flooring. It gives the house a whole new personality. Should have done it sooner. The carpet was 19 years old (it held up really well). I will be even happier when I get through painting all the interior woodwork and everything is back in place :)
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Post by: 26 horses on April 16, 2019, 12:55:35 PM
Good deal, it's a LOT of work and you were a trooper to get 19 years out of that carpet!

I look forward to some more pics as you progress. :)
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Post by: KSM32 on April 16, 2019, 01:13:24 PM
This thread gets a 5 out of 5 from me. It has helped me decide to do a whole house refloor (completed a couple of weeks ago) with one of the products discussed. After seeing some of the photos and asking some questions about flooring, @KSM32, who obviously knows what he is talking about, was key in helping me decide with the wife to go with the type of flooring we went with. And it was a good decision and we couldn't be happier. I had no idea flooring products had progressed so much from what I remembered from yesteryear.

After seeing the crew installing it, there is a lot that goes into making a good installation and doing it right.
Thanks for the kind words, Max.  Not sure if this was already covered but did you rip out the old carpet yourself or did the installers do it? I ask because I wanted to know how much dirt and dust there was.. sometimes people find a lot and it's almost scary how much residual dirt carpets trap. Carpet free feels sooo good. Like Chuck Mangione :)
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Post by: MaxPower on April 16, 2019, 09:40:58 PM
Thanks for the kind words, Max.  Not sure if this was already covered but did you rip out the old carpet yourself or did the installers do it? I ask because I wanted to know how much dirt and dust there was.. sometimes people find a lot and it's almost scary how much residual dirt carpets trap. Carpet free feels sooo good. Like Chuck Mangione :)
The installers removed it. There wasn't a lot of dirt on the floor when the carpet was removed. One of the reasons for that could have been the vacuum cleaner we use. It has the dirt sensor lights on it and I always vacuumed the carpet until the green no-dirt light lit up. That can easily double the time it takes to vacuum a room but it removes most of the dirt. I remember when I first got that vacuum cleaner I thought it wasn't working correctly because I could not get a green no-dirt light, it stayed red or amber (indicating dirt). I decided to keep vacuuming and finally after about 15 minutes of vacuuming the same small area, I finally got the green light. Vacuuming the entire house that first time took several hours to get the green no-dirt light on all the rooms. After that initial vacuuming, it went much quicker as long as you kept up with it.
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Post by: 26 horses on April 17, 2019, 09:29:46 AM
I have never heard of such a vacuum, but you were wise to heed it's coaching. Any idea which brand or model it was/is?

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Post by: MaxPower on April 17, 2019, 11:04:14 AM
I have never heard of such a vacuum, but you were wise to heed it's coaching. Any idea which brand or model it was/is?
It is a Kenmore (Sears) Progressive IntelliClean upright vacuum Model 11635923500. I still have it and it continues to work well. I have probably had it for 15 years or so. I will still use it for the throw rugs we have and it also has a hard floor setting. I also remember after buying it from Sears, the saleslady who I talked to about it sent a postcard thanking us for the purchase. Those were the days :)

One of the attachments shows the dirt sensor. The one green light means no dirt. The other lights (not lit in the photo) are two amber and one red, representing various degrees of dirt.
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Post by: 26 horses on April 17, 2019, 11:53:32 AM
Back from the days when Sears and Kenmore really were on top of their game!

I have an aging Hoover Windtunnel canister of similar vintage, but it only has "bag full" sensor, and I've never abused it enough to see if that one works. Things were made much more robustly then, I bet you get another 15 out of that with the wall to wall carpet gone. :)