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New Flooring Laid

January 6, 2012

With the exception of a couple of really odd-shaped pieces to fit into the bathroom behind the toilet, installation of the new flooring is done.  We’ll add 1/4 round around the walls to trim it all out.  I’m looking at the entrance well, where the steps come up,trying to decide if I want to tackle that as another project.  The steps and sides have the same carpet as the floor, but that’s an area that defies being vacuumed.  I think I’ll look at a few newer motorhomes and see what kind of updating we can do there, using either the same flooring material or some other hard surface.

I am not a handyman, by any stretch of the imagination.  Recognizing that, I feel pretty good about this little project.  And consider this:  The price we were quoted to do this job, the amount we saved by doing it ourselves, will buy about three new tires.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Loretta permalink
    January 6, 2012 9:35 pm

    Looks great, you did a good job.

  2. January 6, 2012 10:21 pm

    Awesome job!

  3. January 7, 2012 2:04 pm

    Flooring looks good Ralph.

  4. Jaime K permalink
    August 29, 2012 5:22 am

    We just bought a used Class A RV this weekend and are thinking if replacing the awful smelly carpet with the same type of stick on tiles you used. It looks great by the way! I was wondering, now that you have had it for over 6 months, how has it held up to the traffic and puppy? Any pointers for a couple of newbies? Thanks!

    • August 29, 2012 12:49 pm

      Jaime, we no longer have Hemi, but that has nothing to do with the flooring. The Armstrong tile has held up beautifully. (I made sure to ask Nell as well, just to make sure.) We’ve scraped the chairs across it and spilled water, and have had no issues at all. Nell mops it. We are very pleased with it.

      The only pointers I’d offer are: a) invest in knee pads; b) buy plenty of blades for the box cutter & change them often; and c) don’t get in a hurry.

      Some other suggestions… Keep the thin paper that comes in between the sections, and use it for templates in odd corners and spaces. Save leftover pieces until you’re sure you’re completely done.

      We laid ours directly over the existing tile. We didn’t replace the carpet area, so get advice about how to clean up and smooth out the flooring before laying the tile. Even though it’s pretty thick tile, little bumps will be noticeable. I found that out when little scraps from trimming the tile didn’t get picked up. I had to lift the tile and clean out under it. NOTE: the sticky edges are REALLY STICKY! The less you have to lift to reposition a section, the better.

      We’re 68 and 62, and we did it. As long as you take you’re time, it’s really not that difficult.

      Have fun with the “new” motorhome!

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