Living Room to Hand Tool shop room #1: ripping up carpet then laying laminate flooring

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 10-01-2016 10:18 PM 574 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Some people think I’m crazy for such a project. But not me! I’m a bachelor so can do with my house as I want. My living room really was an empty room with a carpet, totally unused since I have a social / man-cave room upstairs. I will go forth keeping in mind the option to revert back to a living room.

I went ahead and removed the dirty/busted/stained MDF cheap base molding. Second, ripped up carpet and carpet pad. Really is amazing to see the history of pet stains in your carpet when you do this :) And then the joy of getting rid of it knowing what you know now! (I did buy this house on a short sale deal). So now I have bare concrete visible slab. Next, consideration for the flooring. At first, I was thinking vinyl plank flooring with the wood grain look. I also long ago bought foam squares with wood grain look but only had about 40 square feet of the stuff. Was actually surprised at how well it held up for a couple days testing it out. But I know chisels or sharp object would fall upon the floor so foam pads were out. Looked at laminate flooring. Decided on the best of the best for living room. Pergo+ or something like that. Waterproof with a thick top layer for wear & tear and attached padding. Wasn’t too bad installing the pergo. 2 guys took 4 lazy days to finish it off. Still have to install base molding.

I will have to keep the flooring perspective in mind when comes time move wood working stuff in. I have a dinky wood working bench table that weighs less than 100lbs. If I go do my own roubo and other projects, floor protection will need to be considered. For now, flooring is complete.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#1 posted 10-01-2016 11:28 PM

I would have just left the bare concrete floor if you are going to use it as a workshop.
Reason being when you get a partner and she give you the flick elswere then do the flooring then.
However it does look good!

I did something similar with a mate of mine in his place.

So whats its role at the moment a Football theatre for you and your mates?

-- Regards Robert

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#2 posted 10-01-2016 11:35 PM

Hmmm, I’m trying to figure out why you shampoo’d the carpet, just to tear it out and throw it away?

BTW, I have a similar shampooer, it does a good job.

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#3 posted 10-02-2016 08:05 AM

Rob… a friend assisted with the financial aspect of the new flooring. Couldn’t pass it up. Besides, more easier to convert to living room again with this flooring than concrete.
Joe… I “attempted” to clean the carpet with my shampooer, one of many different ways. All failed. That was when my friend suggested ripping up carpet and slap in vinyl or laminate flooring. I said if I do that, it will no longer be living room but hand tool room. And whalla…

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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