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 Post subject: Finally was able to put in my own floor...
PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 11:55 pm 
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Finally got the chance to lay down my own floor, now my wife can stop bothering me,lol. Let me know what ya guys think.
About 600sq ft total, all from left over wood from last years jobs, mostly 3" White Oak, As for the border, mix of 2" & 3" white oak, Bazilian Cherry and African Wenge, hopefully I spelled that right. Took me about a week to lay and finish. As for the finish, I just put down 3 coats of commercial grade satin oil, I have 6 kids ranging from 6-13yrs old and 1- 80lb American Bull dog, so I knew it was gonna take a beating and knew Id refinish in a few years anyways. Im thinking of staining the whole floor a couple of shades darker to help hide the wear & tear next time too. Sorry about the picture quality, Im no photographer.
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Very nice! :)


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:44 am 
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Wow! Excellent.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 2:09 pm 
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I sure would like it if told us specifically how you went about installing the flooring. Did you start in the center? Did you glue and/or nail? Thanks.

Gary


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 Post subject: My floor
PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 12:16 am 
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Well, I started in the middle, had a piece of 6" wide Brazilian Cherry left over so I got a nice 6"x 6" square and framed it with 1" African Wenge, and framed it with 3" wide Brazilian Cherry and framed it again with the Wenge. I went of my super square plywood lines with the 6" x 6" square to make sure I was pretty much on center with the floor. My floor had excellant plywood lines, lol, first time that has ever happened.
Then I laid the 45 patern out until I reached my marks and skill sawed of the extras and framed it with the Brazilian Cherry and Wenge border and just finished off the floor from there. I started nailing with my 16 gauge to hold it together and glued down the first part of the floor and then stapled my ass of and used glue to just make sure it stayed put, we got a very intense temp range here. Freaking cold then freaking hot,lol, winter its super dry, summer super humid. Summers can range from 59-60 at night them got to 79-95 the same day.

Then I got to sanding, Hummeled the hell out of it and sanding borders is really time comsumming with all the angles I had. But over all it turned of great. Too bad my dog hates the mail man and really scratched the hell outta my floor trying to get a running start to hit the window,lol.

Sorry about the way I explained it, Im no good with words,lol, I just like to lay down floors, I especially like doing border jobs with whatever center comes to mind, 45, herring bone, etc. Sometimes I just make up the stuff as I go along,lol. My customers seem to like it as long as it isnt too wierd, I like to do something different with every floor but without having too much visual impact, sometimes it can be too much and overwhelm the eyes.

Well Im trying to get back into the flooring biz, now that my divorce is finally over and my ex-wife took all my stuff anyways I can start trying to make some money again.
Starting with some sub-contracting work again and am getting some good prices. So wish me some luck.
Anybody in the Chicago burbs need some help or work shoot me an email.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 9:05 am 
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Hi,

I sent you a PM.

Thanks.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 6:52 pm 
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very nice looking, Is the field alternating 2 & 3 in widths? It looks like it is. Either way looks like a great job. Just noticed you are from the burbs to, we should come together on a project or something


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