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Old 01-03-2013, 06:18 PM   #31
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1) Do I need to leave a gap (1/4") between the walls and the plywood? You should leave room for expansion.
2) Do I need to leave a gap between each plywood board (knowing they will be glued and screwed on the sleepers) you do not need to
3) Is groove/tongue boards mandatory or not?
No it is not. Minimum thickness of ply wood should be ĺĒ
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:43 PM   #32
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Iím from Canada; I donít know what JoAnn is? If itís a good art store they should carry large rulers. You should have a Michaels, can try them. Iím just thinking out loud as I have seen them around.
I was finaly able to find an aluminum straight edge - 10ft, 2" x 1" tubing, 1/8 inch thickness (but I think it's thicker than that!!!!)
I went to a steel supplier in my area, and I paid $46 for it
Sounds reasonable....
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I was finaly able to find an aluminum straight edge - 10ft, 2" x 1" tubing, 1/8 inch thickness (but I think it's thicker than that!!!!)
I went to a steel supplier in my area, and I paid $46 for it
Sounds reasonable....
I thought you wanted a ruler with markings on it? Aluminum is a lighter material yes, expensive yes, you could have purchased a hollow cold rolled tube 1’’x 2’’x 1/8’’ thick 10’ long for much less. But if you’re happy with you purchase that’s all that counts,
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Since I am planning to redo floors upstairs, it will be useful to check level and flatness...
So I think it's a good investment
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Back to my laminate: I will have to install shoe molding (3/4" x 3/4" I guess)
I am planning to glue them down on the baseboard, but I will have to use some nails as well
I bought at Thanksgiving an Evolv compressor (pancake 3 gal) that included a 2" brad nailer gun
First time I will use an air nailer
Is it OK to use for shoe molding?
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Sure, it's done all the time. You are saying "shoe molding" but you are describing quarter-round when you say '3/4" X 3/4" '.
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Yes you can use a brad nailer as this is a standard tool which a trim carpenter would use. The brads will not split the wood and the holes are so small that they are easily filled and blended into the wood during finishing. The small gauge brad can hold baseboard, door trim or crown molding to the walls.
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Sure, it's done all the time. You are saying "shoe molding" but you are describing quarter-round when you say '3/4" X 3/4" '.
Ooops......sorry, being French in North America, I am learning all the new technical terms
I thought shoe molding was quarter round. Anyway, i left the baseboard and will need molding (shoe mold or quarter round) to hide the expansion gap
Once applied, I will probably caulk to have a perfect joint between the baseboard and the molding, and then repaint (this is what I did in my house in France many years ago, and was very pleased with the result)
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Yes you can use a brad nailer as this is a standard tool which a trim carpenter would use. The brads will not split the wood and the holes are so small that they are easily filled and blended into the wood during finishing. The small gauge brad can hold baseboard, door trim or crown molding to the walls.
OK, good....Will have to look at the Evolv nail gun to see how it works exactly
Like I said, 1st time I will use one. Not so common in France. Carpenters, house builders, contractors, etc... they just don't use them (most of the houses are brick and concrete, this may explain why...)
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OK, good....Will have to look at the Evolv nail gun to see how it works exactly
Like I said, 1st time I will use one. Not so common in France. Carpenters, house builders, contractors, etc... they just don't use them (most of the houses are brick and concrete, this may explain why...)
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