A small portion of the 900 square feet of bamboo flooring I am installing. A little more labor intensive than I thought. No prior experience and a learn as you go process. Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way.
Be careful what you promise to the wife. Came home from work one day to find 40 boxes of bamboo flooring stacked up in my garage stall. The wife is tiny…the stack of 40 boxes of flooring is not. I’m parking outside in the snow now. She calls it motivation. I call it being setup.
In Alaska, contractors glue down and staple every 2 inches the plywood underlayment for vinyl flooring. That shit is nearly impossible to tear out. I say nearly. Nothing a case of The Silver Bullet, 2 pry bars, circular saw, Dremel, big screwdriver, hammer, chisel, and 2 days can’t handle. Unfortunately I only managed to tear up what was in the half bath. Not enough incentive in the world to get me to tear up the rest of that shit in the kitchen and laundry room. Well that isn’t quite true. I’d do it for a custom Burkie and Bougle Mk IV.
Flush mount heating vents look cool. Pain in the ass to install. You may think you just made a straight cut and you measured it correctly. The proof is in the fit-up. If this is your first time attempting this manuever I would suggest buying an extra box or two. Don’t worry, the screw ups make good tapping blocks.
Imported bamboo flooring and the 402 Porta-Nailer aren’t exactly a match made in heaven. They use the metric system in China. PNI sells a metric bamboo shoe for $34.99 + shipping. Why bother…nothing a couple of washers can’t solve.