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Kitchen Work XI: Replacing the Floor

March 20, 2010

At long last, here is the much requested post about the kitchen floor.  Last week while Dave was here helping me out, the largest project that we undertook was replacing the kitchen floor.  Some of the peel and stick tiles had already come off, but removing the rest of them was the first step.

Dave, once more, slaving over the kitchen.

The next step was to repair…

Replacing the sub-floor around the old sink plumbing.

…and clean the floor.  I don’t have any pictures of cleaning the floor for you.  Suffice it to say that it was a dirty, sticky mess before cleaning and a dirty sticky mess after cleaning.  Just not nearly so bad in either regard.

All nicely patched and ready to be covered up.

And then it was time to roll out…

So soft and squishy!

…and fit the new flooring.

The line must be cut here.

We placed the straight, manufactured edge against the longest wall in the kitchen to minimize our work.  When fitting it into place, however, we discovered a couple of spots where the brick grout was sticking out.  When I was unable to locate my cold chisel to break those off Dave suggested that I “Craig-rig” a chisel out of conduit.  So, thoroughly enamored of the idea, I stuffed a short leftover piece of conduit in my table clamp.  And loe and behold, it worked.

Brilliant!

So, with the flooring and wall all appropriately shaped we put down “Rhino Tape” at critical locations…

This seems much easier than trowelling glue over the whole subfloor.

…then moved the appliances back in to the kitchen.

Like an Egyptian.

I still have two pieces of flooring that need to go down: a strip next to the entryway where the kitchen is widest and the tiny bathroom off the kitchen, but both are very small and should be doable with just 1 person.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Dawna permalink
    March 22, 2010 12:19 am

    Love it, love it, love it. It’s beginning to come together and look quite . . . old world. How cool.

    • Craig Douglas permalink*
      March 23, 2010 9:49 am

      Yeah, I like it, too. I got all the wires fished up into the kitchen from the basement and started cutting the rest of the paneling for installation. I’m pretty excited that it is starting to come together.

  2. May 4, 2017 7:39 am

    Your posting is abtosulely on the point!

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