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Old 01-16-2010, 11:59 PM   #16
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I would like photos but my camera doesn't work with linux.

A comparision between now, before and when finished would be great.

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what are you running? I'm on Ubuntu 9.1 and have no problem.
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Sabayon 3.5; needs to be updated.

The camera didn't work with ubuntu either though.

It's an aiptek dv5100m.
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if you can get the top layer of vinyl off the felt back which usually aint that hard to do you can wet it down and soften it up. that makes it alot
easier to scrape. and i am sure you will do a good job. i like polished floors they have more character.
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[quote=johnlvs2run;384267]1) The tack hole fill turns out to blend in with the concrete so far. I've not found the thread on a different forum yet where someone posted about drilling out the holes and refilling. In the meantime the current fill is working okay.

Am curious as to what product you finally used? We are just getting ready to do a 1600 sq. home. May have the floors professionally ground first.?????
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Am curious as to what product you finally used? We are just getting ready to do a 1600 sq. home. May have the floors professionally ground first.?????
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The 50 grit pad with secco polisher (ebay) is doing a really good job on the 1st layer of concrete.

I've not been able to locate the thread (on a different forum) where someone drilled out and refilled the holes.

I'm using quickrete gray concrete crack seal.
So far it blends in with the concrete, though it will probably not polish at all.
Leaving the holes unfilled is probably better for a stain.
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John--

Your project looks great. The concrete staining with Soycrete is exactly what I plan to do with a bedroom floor in the next couple of weeks. We have carpet laid directly on concrete floors (with radiant heat underneath) and the carpet is of course affixed to the floor with glue. The carpeting comes up very easily, but I'm wondering if you (or anyone) can recommend the best way to remove the adhesive from the concrete.

Also, what other preparation needs to be done before applying the Soycrete? The floor is fairly smooth and I see no reason to sand it or anything unless I absolutely have to for the Soycrete to work. My main concern is just getting up the adhesive to the floor has a somewhat consistent color.

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I'm wondering if you (or anyone) can recommend the best way to remove the adhesive from the concrete.
I used a $2 scraper from harbor freight.

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what other preparation needs to be done before applying the Soycrete?
If the concrete was hand troweled and well cured like mine, the top layer will likely need to be taken off so the stain will sink in.
Otherwise it will just sit on top and look cruddy. You can test the permeability in a closet or similar space.

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The floor is fairly smooth and I see no reason to sand it or anything unless I absolutely have to for the Soycrete to work. My main concern is just getting up the adhesive to the floor has a somewhat consistent color.
That is how I felt, but in retrospect see that polishing off the top layer is best, as it gets rid of any paint and glue marks that remain on the concrete.
Also the concrete will be much smoother after polishing, with even just a good 50 grit pad.
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Just wondering how it is going with your concrete floor job? Did you eventually stain with the Soycrete after you finished polishing the floor? If so, are happy with the results and with the product?
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Greetings
It is wise to know the age of the tile for toxic purposes. Older tile has asbestos, a killer. A job I was involved in on an older structure had to have tile removed by a specialty company, with a changing room, showers, etc provided on site. These were glue down individual tiles. Workers wore respirators.

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