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    Jokes

    It varies from district to district but on Long Island a teacher’s average base salary is $111,042.00… Nearly twice the National average…That’s with only a couple of years in.. Some make a lot more… Don’t see any strikes around here.
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    Armstrong

    If it’s a floating floor you can go over the existing floor if you want to… I know my wife would make me rip it out…😎 Luan in a bathroom is never a great idea. Actually I wouldn’t use it anywhere. Whatever you go over has to be flat. No bumps or dips. I’d like to say, because it’s a bathroom...
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    What did you do today?

    That’s a sweet set up! Not that I have the skill set to use it but it looks like it would be fun trying to learn…😎
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    How much slope is acceptable?

    Probably not a good room to play marbles in but I agree, the floor should be fine…🥸
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    DIY Homeowner Facing Challenges Patching in and Extending Existing Flooring

    You can try and scribe the wood into that fireplace but it will never look as nice as undercutting the stone.
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    New addition's subfloor is 5/8" higher then the existing house subfloor

    How many square ft. of the existing floor is there? Is it feasible to rip the existing out, install new plywood, and install all new hardwood? Might be less costly than trying to lower the joists. Maybe just have the height difference in a couple of doorways somewhere? If a ramp is the only...
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    To pad, or not to pad

    No No .... Tack strip on all the flat work... And yes, Pad on the steps, we used to use 28oz. or 32 oz., just no tack strip on the steps! The tape or something of the like on the tackless is a good plan.
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    To pad, or not to pad

    Sy Cohen, the guy who started Stanton, began his career in retail before he started importing. He did both for a while. I’m sure he’s long retired by now. His son took over the retail division here on Long Island in the 90s. He of course pushed his own product in his retail division. I installed...
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    To pad, or not to pad

    Is that Stanton’s goods? That last picture looks like “Stonehedge”. I remember that stuff from 30 years ago. Installed a ton of it. Even with the D pin strip the pins are going to shine through. This is gonna sound like hack work but on the steps I always used a heavy felt padding leaving a 1/4”...
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    Laying TrafficMaster Fiberglass backed Vinyl w/Releasable Adhesive for the1st time, some Questions

    Well seeing as how I've never installed sheet vinyl with pressure sensitive I guess I stand corrected... I'll take your guys word for it... Just seems like it would be an awful lot of trouble, not being able to push the bubbles out.... With permanent adhesive I used the board with carpet just...
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    Laying TrafficMaster Fiberglass backed Vinyl w/Releasable Adhesive for the1st time, some Questions

    That sounds logical… And also sounds like another good reason I wouldn’t like to try using pressure sensitive with sheet vinyl…😎 I used to use a 2 X 4 with a piece of carpet stapled to it to push the bubbles around… Can’t see that working too well with pressure sensitive?
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    Laying TrafficMaster Fiberglass backed Vinyl w/Releasable Adhesive for the1st time, some Questions

    Pressure sensitive with sheet vinyl? Whose Idea was that? Looks like it was improperly stored. aside from being rolled on a tube it should be stored in a storage tube, not on a flat surface. Back rolling is a good plan. If you have a tube to roll it on even better. Nice and tight. I'd be way...
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    acceptable bathroom rugs for lvp

    A google search of “Bathroom rugs” will lead you to a few…Target sells these… https://www.target.com/p/21-x30-performance-solid-cotton-bath-mat-threshold/-/A-52346648?preselect=81781982#lnk=sametab
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    What did you do today?

    I would say counterclockwise for a more brisk mixing (thicker substance). Clockwise to be more gentle (less splash) Just so you know, I made that all up. I have no idea. Looks like a impeller on an outboard.🤓
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    Looking for some help on a DIY LVP install in my basement

    You could just rip up where needed and use a screed and mortar. Or as I mentioned, rip up, prime the floor, and pour some self leveling compound just in that corner. Put some “Great Stuff” expanding foam around the perimeter first to fill the gap between floor and wall. Then smooth it all out...
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    Looking for some help on a DIY LVP install in my basement

    Ummmm… They may be right.😎 I’m not saying it wouldn’t be better to get it all up and scraped down to the original concrete….Just maybe not that much better. You could still level that corner and patch where needed. Were there any problems with the floating floor that was on top of it for...
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    Looking for some help on a DIY LVP install in my basement

    Is that sheet vinyl made to look like sisal carpet? Yikes!
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    Looking for some help on a DIY LVP install in my basement

    Click lock planks I assume? I agree with starting on the 22’ wall. I would take the time to do a little math and avoid any slivers on the 8’ wall and in front of the bathroom and laundry room. After that yea I agree, let the chips fall where they may. If that means cutting an inch or 2 or 3 off...
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    What is the best way to attach the newel posts to the floor ?

    Just check if those 2X8s doubled up. If they are just be careful to sink the zip bolt into the center of one or the other and not in between the two.
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    What is the best way to attach the newel posts to the floor ?

    If the posts land right on top of a joist (which they probably do) you might want to consider using a zip bolt from the top rather than trying to lag bolt all the way through the beam from below. This along with the notched post and the tight fit into your plunge cut should give you all the...
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