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website. If you have found this website useful, entertaining, overwhelming, or educational I
would LOVE to get an email from you. I turn emails into more webpages and will
include a FREE link to your website if you have one and include the link.
Because many of my emails come from my visitors they are very unique information in
themselves. For example, consider the email below that I just recently received:
On Sat, 04 Mar 2006 14:23:21 -0500, Robert said:
again wow, what a site. I am building my sixth building, a house for my
wife and I and my last building project. It hurts too much at 61 to be
doing this myself but like you mention it all takes money. My new house
is in Frankford, DE just 10 miles from the Atlantic beaches near Bethany
Beach, DE and Ocean City, MD.
I built a 20x20 "cabin" to live in while
working only in the warmer weather. It has AC, a shower and a two cook
top propane cooker for cooking and heating in the bridge season when I
am working on the house. Already have four years into it. The house is
one story about 3500 sq. ft. I bought about 6-7000 sq. ft of 2 1/4 x
3/4 red oak flooring which I have stored at my place in Pennsylvania.
The house I live in now a rancher I built in 1987 and I installed strip
oak flooring, sanded and finished it myself with my wife. I used the
old drum roller sander and when I turned it on I ran it through the
drywall in one of the bedrooms.
Didn't anyone tell you not to run thru walls with it? I hear
that Bob Villa tried on his show once for the first time and he was a little
surprised too how much it pulled. Speaking of Bob Villa I think you might find
the online videos on his website very helpful. You can view these
videos right on your computer.
They are Free to watch and include sounds and narriation by Bob himself.
This brought a response from my wife which almost led to murder but she
is still with me and still provided a generous amount of advice but
little actual help or knowledge. The sub floor in this house is 2
layers of 1/2 inch plywood with some glue to
help make it one. I put down a layer of rosin paper and while the floor
looks great I do have squeaks which are annoying. So I am not sure if it
is the 2 layers of 1/2 inch plywood or I did not get the boards tight
enough or I should have used felt or what!
I am concerned about future squeaks in the new house. A month or so
after I have the drywall spackling done and dry probably this summer I
plan to move the oak flooring wood into the new house in Delaware and
let it acclimate to the house moisture for a couple months.
If you use the proper amount of staples and the flooring is
milled well you should have no problem with squeeeeeeeeks
I spent a few weeks last summer stapling up 5000 ft of 1/2 inch pex for
radiant heat under the 3/4 glued down plywood sub floor which is sitting on
trusses set 24 inches OC giving me an actual 20.5 inch span. I had the
trusses engineered for the hardwood floors and tile.
I see you are using felt instead of rosin paper but I read that with
radiant heat you get another layer of insulation from the felt and
possible the smell of asphalt. What do you think?
I don't use rosin paper myself. I have used it when I was learning the
trade but is seemed like it was always sliding around and bunching up and
causing problems. Spill some water on rosin paper and it will absorb it.
Not too impressive to me as a vapor barrier!! I use a product called Aqua Bar.
It's a brown lightweight kraft paper with an asphalt center. I would question
the idea of any smell once the floor is installed and sealed.
I have to use the 1 1/2 inch nails to keep
from damaging the pex. I am wondering about pneumatic nailer vs the old
hand nailer. Home depot sells two kinds of hand nailers a Bostick for
about 450 and another manufacturer for about 250. It will be
interesting to see how my knees hold up but from memory I suffered
greatly last time!! My main concern will be the squeaks what nailer to
use or stapler and do you think the newer sanders will help me get a
more level job. I will do about 2200 sq. ft of oak and sell off the
rest of it.
I use a Bostich stapler myself. I have done radiant heated
floors with the 1 1/2 staples and found it di an excellant job. Staples tend
to hold better in my experience. One of the ways I know this is I have had to
repair wood floors that have been both stapled and installed with cleats and
the stapled floors are harder to take up.
I purchased one of the used Clarke EZ 8's from an Home Depot Rental store and
quite honestly my 220V professional drumsander is not getting any use. The
EZ 8 is easier to carry, needs no messing with 220V hookups, gets into smaller
places like kitchens, bathrooms, entryways, and utility rooms which means less
edging and the drum design means that it is perfectly round. What's not to like?
Any advice you can give me would be great. The reason I am even asking
is I was so impressed with your web site. Most of the flooring web
sites are only really selling flooring and the info they provide is
canned from everywhere else; they have no one who has ever nailed a
Then their is your work - what skill and quality. I can
probably find Mexicans that I can afford to throw down the floor but it
will be thrown down and I will not be able to even communicate with
So, I will probably do it myself. I wish I could afford an artist
like you to do it for me. Years ago I saw parquet strip flooring done
in a castle in Berlin that was probably 300 years old so beautifully
done that I remember it to today.
Unfortunately, few people can afford artists like you these days.
At least I can get some advice.
Thanks for the web site,
I Teach Wood Floors
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