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02-24-12, 08:21 AM
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Posted By Smokey49

I hope I'm not too late here. In order to repair...

I hope I'm not too late here. In order to repair your problem, you'll need a heat gun and a tube of super glue. When heated, vinyl gets very soft and pliable. Overheating can damage it so use just...
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Views: 9,225
Posted By Smokey49

It has been my experience that the easiest way to...

It has been my experience that the easiest way to get started is to assemble three or four rows along my starting wall, out in the room. I don't try to do the full length of the room, just enough to...
02-15-12, 07:13 PM
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Views: 4,886
Posted By Smokey49

Most of those type vinyl tiles use a "plastic"...

Most of those type vinyl tiles use a "plastic" type grout that is very water proof. You shouldn't have an issue so long as you follow the directions. As to patching the part you tore up, I would use...
02-14-12, 07:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,969
Posted By Smokey49

What you describe is normally one of two things,...

What you describe is normally one of two things, air bubbles under the vinyl or loose underlayment. If it's air, you should be able to press down with a finger in the center of the bubble and have it...
02-14-12, 12:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 8,686
Posted By Smokey49

If 1/2 inch backer board is being suggested in...

If 1/2 inch backer board is being suggested in order to add strength to the floor, forget it. Backer board, either 1/2 or 1/4, does not add strength to the floor. That is accomplished with the wood...
02-14-12, 12:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,969
Posted By Smokey49

Is the bubble in the vinyl or the underlayment?...

Is the bubble in the vinyl or the underlayment? If it's in the vinyl, it can be salvaged by piercing it with a hypodermic needle and work the air out through the needle. If it's the underlayment,...
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Views: 2,590
Posted By Smokey49

I'm not sure about that. I do know, however, that...

I'm not sure about that. I do know, however, that the strand woven is supposed to be three times as hard as oak. I'll ask my sales rep about the caramelizing and get back to you on it, if someone...
02-12-12, 03:56 PM
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Views: 1,514
Posted By Smokey49

Unfortunately, I have no idea. I've never tried...

Unfortunately, I have no idea. I've never tried to do what you propose. You'll probably have to wait for someone more knowledgeable on the subject to respond, which they will do. They're probably...
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Views: 1,671
Posted By Smokey49

I have done what you propose with good results....

I have done what you propose with good results. Since you intend to install a floating laminate floor, being fussy about solid core underlayment versus 1/4 inch ply wood is probably not as important...
02-12-12, 01:36 PM
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Views: 1,514
Posted By Smokey49

The tiles you refer to are mosaics and are...

The tiles you refer to are mosaics and are installed with thinset, same as any other tile. To create designs, using different tiles, colors, shapes, and so on, you'll need to cut the mesh they come...
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Views: 2,590
Posted By Smokey49

I'm just a flooring installer, not a designer, so...

I'm just a flooring installer, not a designer, so my input on where to put what might not be the best advise, but, have you considered any of the engineered bamboo or cork floors? The cork normally...
01-20-12, 08:30 AM
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Posted By Smokey49

In addition to re-stretching, which will deal...

In addition to re-stretching, which will deal with the symptom, the cause should be investigated in order to avoid a repeat. You gave a clue in the need for the installers to return over a height...
01-20-12, 08:08 AM
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Views: 1,401
Posted By Smokey49

I'm assuming the wood floor is a finished floor...

I'm assuming the wood floor is a finished floor and there is a protection of some sort on it. So long as you don't use chemicals strong enough to damage that finish, it shouldn't be that big an...
01-17-12, 08:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,287
Posted By Smokey49

If the place is older and the vinyl is felt...

If the place is older and the vinyl is felt backed, full spread glued, the water pooling near the tears is a hint. Is the floor under the vinyl at all soft or spongy feeling? If so, the water, over...
01-17-12, 07:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,208
Posted By Smokey49

You said this material is quite thick. Define...

You said this material is quite thick. Define "thick". Commercial grade sheet vinyl is normally quite thick, but normally comes six feet wide. Many fiberglass backed sheet vinyls are also quite thick...
01-13-12, 09:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 78,158
Posted By Smokey49

What size staples does your Rigid use? Finish...

What size staples does your Rigid use? Finish staples are normally a fairly narrow crown and insufficient for sheet vinyl underlayment installation. I use seven sixteenth inch crown staples. Narrower...
01-11-12, 07:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,149
Posted By Smokey49

I live in Oregon in what we refer to as "the...

I live in Oregon in what we refer to as "the banana belt". We do get cold now and then, but not normally for long. I hadn't considered the fact that our trees are semi-dwarfs and the wild one down...
01-07-12, 06:14 PM
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Views: 2,319
Posted By Smokey49

Staining concrete can have an interesting end...

Staining concrete can have an interesting end result. You never know how the different areas of the concrete will take the stain so it can come out looking really good, like stone or something....
01-06-12, 08:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,149
Posted By Smokey49

Sorry, I've been working some brutal hours and...

Sorry, I've been working some brutal hours and haven't had time to get back to this.

As to pruning, I fear it's too late to take any advise this year, the deed is done. We normally trim off...
01-02-12, 07:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 11,148
Posted By Smokey49

Mine is a Makita and a little spendy if you don't...

Mine is a Makita and a little spendy if you don't think you'll use it much. There are less expensive versions on the market that make more sense for homeowner use.
01-02-12, 07:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,149
Posted By Smokey49

The trees are semi-dwarfs, they are about twenty...

The trees are semi-dwarfs, they are about twenty years old, they produce lots of blossoms that develop into little potential pears in the spring, but most of them fall off by harvest time. We don't...
01-01-12, 03:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,149
Posted By Smokey49

No ammonia or poo smells. It seems more like...

No ammonia or poo smells. It seems more like course potting soil, not so much like what it actually is. I believe we'll go ahead. Is there anything else we can do to try to get the fruit trees to...
12-31-11, 06:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 78,158
Posted By Smokey49

If you have access to an air stapler, that's my...

If you have access to an air stapler, that's my recomendation. The staples have glue on them that is melted by the friction of driving them in. When it sets up, which is right away, they are...
12-31-11, 06:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,149
Posted By Smokey49

Not being much of a gardener or farmer, I'm not...

Not being much of a gardener or farmer, I'm not sure what you mean by "composted". We bought a five yard load of the stuff and the guy we got it from said it was ready to use. It seems more like...
12-31-11, 01:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 78,158
Posted By Smokey49

I may have misunderstood the original question. I...

I may have misunderstood the original question. I thought this was a three quarter tongue and groove plank subfloor with underlayment over it with some sort of vinyl or something applied to it. Here...
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