What did you do at work today?

Discussion in 'Flooring Potpourri' started by Jim McClain, Nov 19, 2016.

  1. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    I got a blister just thinking about you hand scraping up all that adhesive
     
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  2. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    I agree, you should get the T swivel, I’ve tried many and it ended up the most user friendly. Thought I was doing good putting a coin in the handle end to prevent it from wearing thru.
     
  3. Steve Olson

    Steve Olson Hardwood/Laminate Guru Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Hmmm, Jay and I had similar jobs. Office at the old hospital campus, stretch in to sheet vinyl. 240 sq ft. For some reason, the carpet installer saw fit to basically full spread the Omalon pad, which was laid over a previous glue down carpet. Took about 3 hours to scrape, pop strip, float, then hit the tackless nail holes a second time. Back to the shop to dig out the roll, cut, Got it installed and most of the 6" base hung. Went back to weld today. Used to wait to hang the topset, but the glue takes more then a day to dry, so I just pull it back, weld, slap it back it back in place. Floor was about 4 ft below grade, as you can see out the window. I like the Burk base, 1 inside corner is a 1 piece wrap, the other is scribed into where I started. The floor is my fav color of the Tekno floor we use. Nice early day today, gave me time to get the meat portion of the BBQ we having tomorrow, having a surprise 60th birthday party for my lovely bride. Tri tips, chicken thighs, and Kielbasa sausage. 20190509_085918.jpg 20190509_165034.jpg 20190510_091532.jpg 20190510_091642.jpg Screenshot_20190510-091626.png
     
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  4. JayP

    JayP Pro Member

    Well I got a real one!

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  5. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    I know you did. I have that same scraper and it’s great but when you lay into it as you did, you feel it. Just wait until the black handle wears out at the tip and now you’re laying into the shaft itself. It’s still my preferred scraper despite the occasional blister. I try to wear padded gloves when I have to do a lot of scraping. I gave my buffer and scrape away away, and all my other commercial tools, away when I moved. Now I just pass on those labor intensive jobs. It’s so booming here that I can get away with being a prima donna and I’m not going to apologize for capitalizing on it.
     
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  6. Steve Olson

    Steve Olson Hardwood/Laminate Guru Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    I must be one of those blister resistant folks, I don't remember ever getting one, except for a decades ago, not breaking in some boots before going on a long back packing trip. My shoulder is what gives me fits now. After scraping and cutting in all day, it talks to me most the night, lol.
     
  7. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    I thought when you take the handle off and put penny? On end it won’t cut through? Have one on truck I’ll look at tomorrow.
     
  8. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    Never heard of that. I’ll have to try it. I’ve tried the t-bar handle one and it just doesn’t feel right. Then there was the one with the big ol bulb handle on the end. Again, didn’t feel right. Mostly I just scrape up staples these days. Much easier on the body. I do like the Crain? 5” heavy duty scraper with the metal knob on the end but then I have to make a special trip into Charlotte to get blades for it. That’s $30 in gas and a 3 hour round trip drive. No thank you!
     
  9. Steve Olson

    Steve Olson Hardwood/Laminate Guru Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    I have the Roberts 10-95 HD 6" scraper. You can use a stretcher pole and make it a stand up, but I never use it like that. Best thing I've used for staples, (short of having somebody else do it) and for popping tackless off the floor. Had it for probably 15 years, never changed the blade, just a touch up on the grinder every few years. Sounds like the tool you need Chris 45. 60 bucks at Tools 4 Flooring
     
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  10. Incognito

    Incognito No more Mr. Nice Guy! I Support TFP Senior Member

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    I'm having that problem with my shoulder as well. Had X-rays to confirm it's arthritus. The blisters are going to be rare once you're fully calloused. I've only got the blisters when I've been lucky enough to have a long break from work-------at least demo/scraping to the extent the calouses actually return to normal skin layers. Once I actually grew hair on my kneecaps. THAT was exctiting! Didn't even know that was a thing. My whole adult life I've seen essentially an 1/8" or more of callous over my knees.
     
  11. JayP

    JayP Pro Member

    Finished that unit today. Got a call from the guy I’m doing the work for and he said I could start another right away. Grateful for the work but hoping the glue isn’t bad on this one.

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  12. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    @JayP is that cardboard being used for the covebase corners?
     
  13. JayP

    JayP Pro Member


    Yeah. Had help today from another installer. He likes to use that trick on two outside corners that are close together. Works pretty well. He based the unit while I finished the plank in the hallway closet and bathroom.
     
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  14. Steve Olson

    Steve Olson Hardwood/Laminate Guru Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Never thought of that one! Winner, ding, ding ding.
     
  15. epoxyman

    epoxyman Pro Member

    Been working nights at this school we are doing
    Have to start at 12:00 pm and work till we get tired
    Tonight got started about 12:30 and left the job about ‘midnight
    But got all the floor shot blasted
    The GC got us a nice generator for us to use it’s a 58 kw ran all the 3 phase equipment with ease
    Just need more lights in this building hard to see in spots

    Well off to bed I’m tired as anything
     

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  16. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Nice. Digital display panel rocks. Good brand. I’ve been looking for a 45kw, not a priority but I saw one with an air conditioner on it.
     
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  17. Tom Potter

    Tom Potter I Support TFP

    Did one of these interlocking rubber floors. I'm a fan, easy money. My thumbs are a little sore though. They get a workout starting the lock before you take a rubber mallet to them. 20190513_125444.jpg
     
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  18. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Would a 100 lb roller press them into place? What about a plate compactor? My elbow hurts. How did you cut the ends?
     
  19. kylenelson

    kylenelson You'll find me on the floor I Support TFP Senior Member

    Better than 450lb rolls of the stuff!
     
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  20. kwfloors

    kwfloors Fuzz on the brain Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    My luck I would have to glue them down also.
     
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