I got half of the floor done in the two living areas, thanks to help from my brother-in-law Diego who worked with me from 7:45 a.m. to 3:00.
The flooring is a thick snap-lock floor I got from Lumber Liquidators. I bought the foam padding online because it was $10 a roll instead of $25. It ended up being a tricky job, mostly because it’s hard to keep a straight line when you’re connecting two rooms through a doorway. We have found a tapping block to be an invaluable tool.
The firs thing we did was install the cedar beams around the fireplace. They look considerably better now that they have been sanded and oiled. There is more scalloped trim to be added once the floor and baseboards are done. I also need to put up the mantelpiece.
Here you can see the cedar up close. There were big plugs in the holes. I need to reinstall the plugs, cut them flush, and oil them.
Working through the doorway required adding flooring in both rooms out as far as we could, then notching a piece of flooring around the wall, trimming off the little lip that provides the snap-lock, running a bead of glue along that edge, and tapping the piece back into place where it connects both sides of the wall. The two rooms are a little different so we had to lever the flooring out from the wall on one side to try to square it up with the other one. It’s still tricky trying to add flooring in this area of the room, because there is still a tiny bit of an angle. (We undercut the door trim so the floor edges don’t show much at all.)
I had fun notching around this piece by the chimney. I cut a little curve to fill in where the cedar has splintered. (The hole to the right of the column is maybe 1/8″ or 3/16″ but looks bigger in the photo.)
I have done all this work without a tape measure; I just hold the piece I’m going to use against the space or wall or beam, and mark with a pencil. If I need lines I use a scrap of flooring as a square or ruler. I’d use my square but I can’t find it. So far I’m very happy with my level of precision.
Well, my break is done. Back to work.