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Living Room Floor

2010.01.30

With some searching, I found a very nice dark cherry "engineered floor." Basically, it's plywood with a very thin cherry veneer. Because the various layers of ply are at 90* to each other, it is supposed to be more stable than full wood. I doubt that. But at 1/6 the price of a full hardwood floor, I had to give it a try. I just can't bear being on carpet all the time.

It's not a click and lock, but it does go down quickly when gluing. Thanks to Keith Henry for suggesting the glue. I was going to nail it with brads, which was one of the other options. I'm not very good with glue and always seem to get it everywhere. But, Keith convinced me it would be quicker and easier in the long run than fixing and replacing boards I messed up with shoddy nailing.

The manufacturer recommends buying 10% extra to allow for waste. Which is bollocks. Because you can use the end of the one you cut off to begin the next row, I have less than a full board in waste from the whole room. And half of that was because of the 45 degree angle cuts. A single board out of 11 boxes of 20 boards isn't even close to 10%.

So now, I have 11 boxes left to do the Bedroom, which is about 1/2 the size of the Living Room... sigh.

The Living Room is 22 feet long and the boards are 3" wide. Doing four strips at a time, it takes about an hour to do a foot width the length of the room. Which works out to about 22 sq ft. So every image you see below is about an hour's worth of work.


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It Snowed Today. Biggest snow, in the 16 winters I have lived here.

And it is bitterly cold... (18*) I love it. You'd think we were all going to die...


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