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Old 10-04-2011, 11:01 AM   #691
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[quote=Ash74;85404]Here's the deal....

I've been in flooring for a number of years and I know my stuff but Im always looking for ways to better educate my associates and my customers.

Recently I've been looking into the Allure vinyl flooring. We had a customer that bought around 50 boxes to do their whole first floor then got cold feet when it came time to install. Because this is considered a DIY product, our installers in this market will not install Allure Flooring.

Everything Ive seen on this product looks like it would be simple to install but the cust returned the floor and went with something else. Install aside, Im leery of the claim that the product is truly "water resistant".

What I would like to know is what everyone else thinks about Allure, good and bad. I've read a couple messages on the boards here so far so I know we already have a mixed bag.

Thanks for your time and your thoughts.[/q

It is thick and excellent flooring. It costs more than laminate flooring. It is easy to install, but it takes a little patience to roll it down versus putting it down flat all at once. My neighbor bought the Sedona stone-look and it is beautiful.

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We had a regular here for a while who worked for HD. He encountered so many problems with Allure that he no longer pushed it.
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My hat comes off to those installers that won't touch those installs. Good for them. If the big box stores want to cater only to DIY's then let them. Just think of how many people would have bought it but didn't want to install it. Those are "sales lost".

You Can Do It We Can Help.

Those places have been trying to run pro installers out of business for years.
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Okay, installed Allure in the first room and am pleased so far. Am preparing to install in the living room and that will require a lot more cuts. I did use manual sheet metal shears but still struggled a bit.

Has anyone used electric sheet metal shears on this stuff? Would that work or would the flooring be too thick? I will order some site unseen online if they will probably work.

Also...since some here are sooo helpful (and the help is very much appreciated). While pulling up carpeting I came across this odd bolt/cable thing under the carpet at the end of a little hallway. The house is old and electric only so it doesn't seem like it would be for a gas line, there is no natural gas service here. I am afraid to go under the house to see where it goes (arachnophobia) and if I leave it, it will be jutting out of the floor. Does anyone know what this is?



Pix of the floor as it covered a rather abused plank floor...am very pleased with how it came out:


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Looks to be gas to me. Does it move up and down?

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Looks to be gas to me. Does it move up and down?
It moves a little, won't lift up much though. Maybe I will leave it. Sadly if there was an old gas heater connected to a propane tank in years past they must have patched up all the vents and such.
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If it's "gooseneck" under there, it's likely for gas.

What room is this in?

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What room is this in?
This is a tiny 650 sq ft house...a living area with two bedrooms on one end. This gas line thing is at the end of the hall between the two little bedrooms (which would be the best place for a heater to warm the whole house). It is not near an external wall though, so if it had been vented it must have been through the ceiling (that area of the ceiling was recently patched when an electrician stepped through part of the ceiling).
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Find a neighborhood kid to brave the arachnids and see what it is and where it goes.
You may want to reuse it for heat?

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If it’s not going to be used then get rid of it.

Going around it with your new flooring is just wrong.
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You may want to reuse it for heat?
My thoughts exactly. I planned to get a propane tank and portable heater in the event of power outages during the winter. Thing is I am renting the house and don't want to install a permanent heater that requires vents and such (I am already spending several hundred on the flooring).
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What is your present heat source? Furnace? Propane? NG? Electric?

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What is your present heat source? Furnace? Propane? NG? Electric?
Electric. Window unit for heat/air and space heater for the bedroom. When the power is out we have nothing, no heat, no water, etc... The monthly electric bills aren't bad though.

Before investing several hundred in a vented wall heater which I would have to leave if I ever move I might just get a backup propane generator instead. They are more expensive but if/when I move I could take it with me.

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Some of the small gas heaters are unvented. Probably what that was for.
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For a home that small, I'd consider asking your landlord to help (read "pay for") set up/install a transfer switch so you can go buy a small generator. Ours sees it's fair share of use out here in the boonies, that's for sure! 3 and 4 times a year at least!

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