Progress report and a couple questions


Old 04-20-04, 06:58 PM
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The new floor in bathroom is coming along good.
I ripped up the old sheet vinyl and applied luan over the remaining floor and old adhesive remaining on the floor.
The guy at Lowes told me what I was getting was luan, I sure hope I didnt get mislead. Does this stuff sorta look like paneling? Anyway, its down, and I nailed it in with 1 and a quarter inch ring shank underlayment nail. I have read about filling in the seems and screw holes with S-194 leveling compound. I dont really have any screw holes, since the flat countersunk head lays mostly flush with the luan. Am I ok applying the latex primer right over the nails? I have a new wax ring for the toilet and should be laying the tiles tomorrow if all goes well. Thanks for any help you can send my way.
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Old 04-21-04, 04:45 PM
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Run a putty knife over the floor and if you don't hear it click on the nails, they're set ok. It won't take too long to give them a skim for good measure.
Old 04-21-04, 06:47 PM
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You need to patch all the nail heads amd the seams as well.How far apart did you nail on the seams and in the field?If you don't do this the odds are that the nail heads and the seams will transfer through and you will be able to see everything you did'nt patch,especially with a cheaper piece of vinyl
Old 04-21-04, 06:53 PM
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I am going to patch the seams with the S-194. The nail heads are about 4 inches apart along the seams and outside, and around 10 inches apart in the field. The floor we are putting down is the 12x12 stick on tiles, not a sheet. Not sure if that matters. I know not to align a tile edge with a seam. Most of the nail heads are flush with luan, I ran the puddy knife along the floor to make sure there were no clicks. Should I use a nail punch to set these deaper so I can patch them? Thanks
Old 04-22-04, 05:26 PM
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I don't think yopu will need to do that as long as you set them good with the hammer you may want to put a few more nails in the field as well as along the seams though.What happens is the moisture from the glue seeps into the wood and then the wood buckles until the glue dries and then it will relax a bit ,but you still want the extra nails to hold it still
Old 05-05-04, 04:58 PM
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Thanks for the help floorman

The floor is installed and one week later shows no problems. There are few areas with small gaps between tiles. Is there a sealer out there that would look like the grout? I was told if I didnt seal all the seams that water would get under the tiles and cause them to pop up. I almost didnt get the toilet back on, the screws were just barely high enough to get the nut started.
Old 05-05-04, 08:00 PM
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Never heard of a sealer for the self stick tile unless they are not waxed and are a waxable tile not common with a self stick though.The gaps are normal that is what they do,more than likely due to the humidity and lack of as the temperature goes up and down,or if over concrete they will contract cAUSE OF THE COOLNESS OF THE FLOOR,oops,you could try to see what they have available at lowes or h.d. to see if they have a sealer, if you find one please let us know.

Just looked at the installation guide and the only time they reccomend to seal is before the polish goes on but if this a no-wax floor then that would not apply
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