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Old 11-12-2004, 12:02 AM
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Stick on vinyl floor tiles,

I've always hated the things but we recently finished a surgery suite and had a bunch of extra high grade ($1.00) a tile stick one tiles. went on hey I'm gonna stick these things in my basement bathroom with is about 60 sq. ft.

I must say they stick so good that make sure you have a layout before you set them because those things STICK. and they look very good. Cutting them is very easy score them with a razor knife and break it off.

So for those that are sick of a bathroom floor or something have at it I will post a picture later.

HINT: Don't use the super thin cheap un's they show every imperfection and the glue backing sucks.
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Old 11-12-2004, 12:07 AM
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The last house I rented before I bought must have had those cheaper thin ones.

They were so thin that you could see the pattern of the glue underneath of them.

Definately go with the thicker ones!

How 'bout cork flooring? Looks great!
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Old 11-12-2004, 01:31 AM
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I used the thicker linoleum tiles to re-cover the cargo floor in my old Vanagon camper--worked great. I'm seriously considering using the same type of tiles to cover the floor in my brand new workshop--checkerboard style.
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If you're starting from scratch and not using left overs from other jobs, I prefer VCT (Vinyl Composite Tile--the stuff on the floor in grocery stores and schools). I've put down quite a bit of it, and it is bombproof. It usually runs around $.60 a tile but you can buy solid colors (I've used b and w in checkerboard patterns a lot) but the custom solid colors run around $1 a tile. It is also pretty easy to cut and install although you do have to put down glue and wait for it to dry.
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Old 11-12-2004, 10:04 AM
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[A little off-topic]

Hey Narwhal,

I'd like to cover one of the walls in my place with wood or wood-like covering. Kinda like the laminate stuff you see at IKEA and places like that.

Any idea where I can find nice big pieces of the stuff? The wall is about 13' feet long with 8' or so ceilings.

Thanks!

I thought about PMing you about this but figured others may find any info useful.
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Old 11-12-2004, 10:10 AM
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Good thread!

I've been looking for a decent alternative for my garage floor other than the expensive and time-consuming coatings or colored concrete...and it's something I can install myself!
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Old 11-12-2004, 10:33 AM
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Bummer...kinda already knew that, but what the heck...
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Old 11-12-2004, 10:41 AM
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I think I'll just put the tiles down in the machine shop section of my new building. I'm wondering if that VCT is the same stuff as what I'm calling linoleum. IIRC, it's about 1/8" thick, with a variegated color pattern.
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Old 11-12-2004, 12:40 PM
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Good thread!

I've been looking for a decent alternative for my garage floor other than the expensive and time-consuming coatings or colored concrete...and it's something I can install myself!
Hi G-Benz Menards has a GREAT 1 step garage floor paint, were putting it in all of our new home cheap, easy and looks sweet.
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Old 11-13-2004, 06:43 PM
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Red face Pergo Flooring

I just installed a Pergo (laminate) kitchen floor, man what a pain ...never again..It was like putting together a puzzle, but it is very hard to take up some of the planks if you need too..3 days worth..I was sore for a week..
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Old 11-13-2004, 06:55 PM
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We laid those things down several years ago when a kid was diagnosed with bad allergies. It sure helped with the allergy thing. We went upper-price range.

Installation was easy except for the chipping that Prof Narly mentioned. I sure as heck wasn't smart enough to think-up the hair drier thing nor was I smart enough to ask. Damn!

Also, follow directions on the use of floor cleaning. We screwed-up and used a lot of bleach one time (doggie with diarrhea....) and it really messed-up the finish, which increased the wear-rate and eventual loss of several tiles and a pi$$-poor looking floor that I'm going to replace with ceramic pretty soon.

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I just installed a Pergo (laminate) kitchen floor, man what a pain ...never again..It was like putting together a puzzle, but it is very hard to take up some of the planks if you need too..3 days worth..I was sore for a week..
Pergo is work. I think it even says so in the Swedish dictionary. I prefer Armstrong's Swift-Loc laminate. Unlike Pergo it requires no glue. I laid 900 sq/ft in the great room of my California house in two days. Also did the computer room the following year in under 8 hours, then just last month I did one bedroom at the Michigan house in under 8 hours as well.

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