When I originally ordered this flooring, I got it for $2 a sq ft! When I needed to re-order just 1 box, I had to order it through another flooring store at the regular price. One box–cost just under $100. Ooowe-ie.
After I filled in the shortage at the washer/dryer, and the electrical closet, I used the scraps for one more spot. The [built-in] dehumidifier.
We built it into the wall in the re-construction of the lower-level to neaten things up. Who wants to have this “thing” just kind of parked over here or there–in the way?
So, you know what happened, right? Of course it pooped out, and the closest match we could find was a bit bigger–of course! So this became one more project to cross off the to do list while waiting for the flooring. (The Christmas tree hid the situation for a minute.)
The easiest part of this was demo’ing the casing. Getting into that tight angle to demo the 2×4 framing –uh, yeah!
Not being able to remove the center stud to shorten the length made re-framing the opening a little different. I had to add a piece to each side of the center stud. It wasn’t carrying any load, so it wasn’t a critical move.
The new dehumidifier was exactly -one stud taller- and -one stud wider- making the job at least a bit easier.
Fits perfectly! —Doing its job, but out of the way! Yay!
All painted and looking great! But let me highlight 2 things.
1) I wanted to show you in the center picture how I was able to manipulate the casing detail. The angle of the corner dictated where and how the dehumidifier was placed. But I was able to shift it a smidge to be able to cut the casing to exactly share the outer edge detail, creating a mirror image. Previously, the casing was just “cut off” to fit without thought to the finished look (~no offense to John).
2) The flooring only went in as far as it would show from the front. But I decided to use the scraps from the laundry to go a little further. (Hey, it could be a pet door-opening for the next owners!)
Now let me show you
the “rocket science”
to laying this floor!
(Even though Mannington thinks we’re all inept.)
Here’s the ex-PEN-sive glue they require!
Okay now–see if you, my fellow scientists, can follow these steps. But pay close attention–it’s real complicated.
- I like to pre-cut and lay out the planks for the area I’m working in. (I also like to draw a pencil line around the edge of my section so I know exactly the area I’m going trowel the glue in.) Then set the planks aside. In order. To make it easy to put back.
- Pour (an educated guess of) how much glue you will need to spread out over the area you’re working in.
- Use the appropriate notched trowel to spread out the glue, the notches will leave the right amount of glue and voids needed for good adhesion. The glue will be white while it’s wet.
- Wait for the glue to dry. It will be sort of translucent. This is where you’ll need your science degree–to know “when.”
- Then lay your planks down. I will say to you though, be very “thoughtful” of/when doing this because when they hit the glue, that’s it. You can’t pick them back up or move and adjust them. (Think of it like contact cement.) **But the bonus to this is that the floor is done. You can walk on it right away or move furniture onto it if you need to shuffle things around to keep working.
Let me tell you what I’ve learned about clean up.
This glue is incredibly sticky. It’s hard not to get some on things–heck, on yourself. I never found any clean up recommendations from Mannington, but I defaulted to my favorites, and they worked fabulously! The gel, in particular.
Spray the gel on the trowel, give it a minute to work before wiping down. Actually, if you use a putty knife to scrape off the trowel before wiping, you’ll find clean up will go even faster. Repeat if necessary.
Spray or squirt some on your hands and rub it in like you would hand lotion. Wipe off with a paper towel, then wash your hands like usual. Gone! This stuff works well after painting and staining projects like a charm too!
I like to use the gel for any sticky areas on the floor too. If I get any glue on the existing planks while I’m working, I wipe it off with a rag, and clean it after I’ve laid the floor.
I also want to mention that, if you’ve ever used those peel ‘n stick tiles, you know they don’t stick very well. This glue works for that too! So you can use a less expensive tile for a project with more confidence. Like I’m going to do in the mechanical/storage room instead of basement floor paint. Who wants to keep refreshing that floor paint?!
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