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installing a rubber Bathroom floor

Easy to install rubber vinyl flooring. Needs no nails, glue or power tools. You can still wear your tool belt if you are feeling butch! Just make sure your work boots match your belt :-} house whisperer

Dave shows how to install TORLYS laminate floors in the bathroom with the proper underlay and techniques. For more information, visit us at: www.torlys.com
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Wood Flooring – Everything You Need To Know

Wood Flooring – Everything You Need To Know

The elegant look of a hardwood floor can add warmth and character to any room in a home. The natural characteristics of wood add depth and a visual appearance that many other types of floors try to duplicate. With the demand for hardwood flooring growing manufacturer’s are enhancing their ranges to meet this demand, with better quality finishes and superior construction techniques.

Hardwood floors come in a wide variety of wood species, colours and widths. Besides the classic hardwoods (like red oak, white oak, maple and ash) many manufacturers now offer exotic hardwood species from all over the World. Exotic hardwoods give homeowners the chance to better express their own personal decorating tastes with a more unique looking floor. With so many different types of hardwood flooring now available it is sometime hard to choice which is best suited to you.

Different Types of Wood Flooring

Solid wooden floors are one solid piece of wood that have tongue and groove sides and come in either pre-finished or unfinished styles. Solid wood floors are sensitive to moisture and it is not recommended to install these floors below ground level, or directly over a concrete slab. These floors are for nail-down installations only. You can refinish, or recoat solid wood floors several times, which adds to their appeal and to their long life. There are solid floors that are over 100 years old and are still in good condition.

All solid wood floors will react to the presence of moisture. In the winter heating months, moisture leaves the wood causing the floor to contract which leaves unsightly gaps between each plank. In the summer months when the humidity is higher the wood will expand and the gaps will disappear. If there is too much moisture it may cause the wood planks to cup, or buckle. This is why it is important when installing a solid strip floor to leave the proper expansion area around the perimeter and to acclimatize the wood prior to installation.

Engineered wood floors – These floors are constructed from several wood plies that are glued together. The centre core is generally a softer wood material and is used to make the tongue and groove. A hardwood finish layer is glued on top of the centre core and another softer wood ply is attached underneath the core. This top ply is also called the finish layer and can be constructed of almost any wood specie.

Wood always wants to expand in a certain direction. In the presence of moisture solid wood planks will always expand across the width of the planks, rather than down the length of the boards. To avoid this problem, manufacturers of engineered planks place each ply in the opposite direction of each other. This is called cross-ply construction. Once the wood layers are glued together the plies will counteract each other which will stop the plank from growing or shrinking with changes in the humidity. Engineered wood floors are designed for the floating installation and can be glued together or some now come with a click system.

Veneer wood floors are very similar to laminate floors. The only difference is that with a veneer flooring to top wear layer is a thin piece or real hardwood instead of a photographic image as in laminates. Veneer flooring is usually around 8mm in thickness with the top hardwood layer being around 0.7mm. Advantages of a veneer floors are that they are fast and easy to install and you have a real hardwood floor.

Factory Pre-finished Wood Flooring

Most factory finished hardwood floors have several coats of finish applied to the wood’s surface. As example, many wood floor companies are applying 6-10 coats of a ultra-violet (UV) cured urethane. This would be extremely difficult for someone to duplicate on a job site finish, not to mention how many days it would take. This is one of the reasons why many flooring mechanics, flooring retailers, and builders are pushing pre-finished hardwood floors. Instead of taking several days to install and finish a new hardwood floor a pre-finished hardwood floor is generally done in one day.

The most common finishes are:

UV-cured – Factory finishes that are cured with Ultra Violet lights versus heat.

Polyurethane – A clear, tough and durable finish that is applied as a wear layer.

Acrylic-urethane – A slightly different chemical make up than Polyurethane with the same benefits.

Aluminium Oxide – Added to the urethane finish for increased abrasion resistance of the wear layer, which is becoming extremely popular on the better grade wood floors.

Acrylic Impregnated – Acrylic monomers are injected into the cell structure of the wood to give increased hardness and then finished with a wear layer over the wood.

Unfinished Wood Flooring

If you want a custom stained hardwood floor, or a wood floor to match existing trim than a unfinished hardwood floor is your answer. Unfinished means you start with a bare hardwood floor and than the floor is sanded, stained, and finished in the home. This can be quite a mess and the process does take several days, but your floor will have a finish to you requirements.

Installation Options

Nail Down – Secret nails are used with a wood flooring nailer and mallet to attach the flooring to the sub floor. Solid Strip floors or Plank floors can only be installed on wooden sub-floors or on batons.

Glue Down – Engineered wood floors and parquets can be glued down. This is when you spread the recommended glue all over the sub floor and lay the flooring into the glue.

Floating – This is when a thin underlay is placed between the wood flooring and the sub floor. A recommended wood glue is then applied in the tongue and groove of each plank to hold the planks together. Engineered

I hope this information was helpful for you. Click here for more information Wood Flooring My name is Jason Ashby and I have over 20 years experience in the flooring trade.

ADC Flooring from Chicago join us again for this video demonstrating how to install MP Global Products Silent Stride Flooring Underlayment before a floating hardwood floor is installed. Silent Stride Underlayment reduces ambient noise, reducing noise in your room; reduces sound transmission to rooms below, provides a smooth surface for easier installation; and has a higher R-value than most underlayments insulating your floor.
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Choosing The Right Vacuum Cleaner

Choosing The Right Vacuum Cleaner

As history indicates, the first model vacuum cleaner wasn’t even a vacuum cleaner at all, more of a carpet sweeper. This was invented by a man named Daniel Hess, who in 1860 patented a machine that featured rotating brushes on the bottom and bellows that  helped to create suction.

However, there is no evidence that this very machine was ever produced. Some 40 years or so later, in 1908, James Spangler of Canton, Ohio received a patent for the very first portable electric vacuum cleaner. It was in fact his cousin in law, William Hoover, who lent his name to the legendary company that produces quality vacuum cleaners even today.

For more than 150 years, the vacuum cleaner has been improved upon greatly. From doing your weekly vacuuming of your home, doing a spring cleaning, or simply leaving the vacuuming up to the robot, there is a vacuum out there suited to your needs. With upright, canister, HEPA filtered, bagged and bagless, there is always a vacuum cleaner for your
needs on the market.

There are actually 2 ways in which a vacuum cleaner cleans. The first, and the way we rate a vacuum on most is how debris and dirt is picked up off of a carpet and the floor. When you are searching for a vacuum, keep in mind the power of the suction motor, as this is very important for getting good performance.

The second reason, one that isn’t often thought about, is how well the vacuum filters the air and puts it back into the home. Those with allergy problems will find a HEPA vacuum to be the best choice. There are some models of HEPA vacuums that can filter out 99% of pollens, dust, and other common household allergens.

There is also the choice of canister or upright vacuum, as this is more or less based on personal preference. Both vacuum types have their pros and cons. The heads of canister vacuums are able to reach under your furniture, also making it easier to vacuum the stairs as well. 

Canister vacuums on the other hand have a retractable electric cord, which is much more convenient than wrapping the cord back around the neck of the vacuum. It is often times easier to push the light weight canister vacuum head as opposed to pushing a canister style vacuum. 

When you choose your vacuum cleaner, keep in mind what you plan to vacuum. There are several designs and types intended for different uses. If you have hardwood floors, you obviously wouldn’t want to use a carpet vacuum.

The little things such as this will be a huge factor in selecting your vacuum cleaner. If you play your cards right, you’ll have the perfect vacuum cleaner for your home – and other areas as well.

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