Wednesday Working – Flooring and Backache

With the underlayment down I turned to putting down the vinyl titles and all that bending is making for a backache. The titles are 12 inch squares of the “peel and stick” kind. You layout a grid on the floor using a chalk line and try your best to keep everything lined up. On the edges, I have to cut the titles to fit. This sounded easy, but it’s fiddly work. The cutting is done with a straight edge and a utility knife. The vinyl is tough stuff and dulls the blades quickly. I’ve been changing blades about every five titles.

I expect to be done with title installation tomorrow and then I’ll install the baseboards. Once that is done, I can start moving equipment in. Hopefully I’ll be at the scroll saw cutting things in a week or so.

Most of the floor done. The edges require cutting the titles, which is a real pain. It’s also cold out here (high’s in the 40s Fahrenheit), hence the two space heaters. The wood on the floor is the baseboards.

That’s it for this week – if you need me, I’m looking for my heating pad.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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22 Responses to Wednesday Working – Flooring and Backache

  1. Christi says:

    Look on the bright side — maybe this will be the last flooring you have to do?

    Wait, I just realized what that meant! Don’t worry – I’m sure you have many floors in your future!

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    • I hope there will be other floors in my life, but the next one will be professionally installed by someone else. Flooring just became something I’ll happily pay someone else to do for me. 😉

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  2. What fun work, except for the back. It looks like you’re doing a great job.

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  3. It’s shaping up nicely despite the “shape” of your back! Hope the heating pad helps. Ice 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off always helped me with back pain. Or you could try a product called BioFreeze. My chiropractor recommended it and it worked for me.

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  4. Do you use the scroll saw for cutting the tiles? I put in a kitchen floor many years ago and found the scroll saw very handy – especially for those corners that needed to have cuts in different angles. As we know – there is very little that is perfectly square. I found the ability to adjust with the scroll saw was helpful. It is looking great though. So happy you are seeing the end of the project. 🙂

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  5. jfwknifton says:

    Your photograph shows that you are working at the level the French would call “un travail de pro”.

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  6. It’s looking great! But I feel your pain – laying tiles at the edges of a room is no fun at all.

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  7. lifelessons says:

    Looks good, though. Are you going to keep them this white and shiny?

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  8. Dave Foyle says:

    Wow! I thought you were retired!

    Definitely a lot of work, but it’ll be a great workspace when done!

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  9. Ouch! That makes my back and knees hurt.

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  10. Dave says:

    Looks like a “clean room” with all that white tile 🙂

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  11. davidprosser says:

    I hope the heat pad makes the backache just a memory very quickly.

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