Monday, May 9, 2011

Knox Hill Project: Weekly Update

This week we began subfloor installation. A good floor is only as good as the floor beneath it and our floors had issues that included being painted gray, numerous gouges and holes due to various changes such as install of radiators and then forced air heating. With all the other work we are doing, new floors were an imperative. In this case we will be installing a narrow square cut  real wood inlaid pattern floor we are custom building.

LEVEL: well level means many things to many people. Some 'explain away' uneven or creaky floors with "well it's part of the character of the house". We spend so much time on the other areas of the house yet we fail to do the basics that insure a good floor. In our case, our floors were generally level , however there were some areas where the floor was two tight and the wood had 'heaved' slightly. This was fixed by sometime screwing down the floor. In some case we actually has to take a plane to it or sander to knock off any high spots that might interfere with a good install.
You also want to be sure to remove any nails that might be protruding or any staples if your floors were ever carpeted. It is also important to carefully vacuum the floor with a shop vac and wipe down the floor with a good cleaner BEFORE you do the sub-floor install. To prevent squeaks It is a good idea to glue down your sub-floor using a good construction adhesive and attach the floor with screws. I actually put a bit of glue on all my screws before a put them in and this prevents any 'backing out' . We are using a 1/4 inch quality wood Sub-floor under-layment to keep weight down and to not have to do any major surgery to the bottom of doors, Our floors add another 1/4 inch of height.

Before you install a floor you want to put down red rosin paper or if you are installing a laminate floor whatever the manufacturer recommends . I like to run the paper in one direction then a second layer in the opposite and this paper should be stapled to hold it in place. Be sure to set your staples so they do not protrude. We will be updating ths as the flor install progresses.

Other work: this week is mortar work around the new  "restored' basement window. I will painting this to match once it is cured. I made sure to use a mortar designed for stone as opposed to concrete which is harder than the stone and cause cracks.

Yard work continues and the grass is coming in nicely.

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