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  • Mike

    August 23, 2023 at 1:36 am

    Hey Joe,

    Just wanted to take a minute to update you on the progress so far. Also the blueprint highlighted that I had some scale issues on my drawing (like at the end of the hall, the guest bedroom and the master’s doors are actually directly across from each other, and I will clear the island before having to deal with the pony wall in the living room, I added a picture from the end of the island looking back to the east wall, nothing major though and it actually makes it easier.

    So it turns out the layout works best starting with a full width plank on the long North wall, that makes every surface in the house that I have to go around perfect with two notable exceptions.

    First is the island, where I have a 1.75″ piece that will under the overhang side of the island, so I might put some glue there just for insurance, but really not super concerned.

    The second is the master bath doorway(when I get there) which I’m going to have to finagle a little working backwards into the doorway a couple of inches but given that that’s 2 small areas vs all the cabinets and walls everywhere else, I’ll take it. I did validate that the tubs will be great (like 4.5″ of plank)

    I cheated a bit and didn’t use any string or chalk lines (even though I own both), I used marks on the wall (and some on the floor) and used a laser line level to project my lines so that I could do them on top of the underlay and in the places where demo wasn’t totally complete, you can see the mark on the patio door frame on a piece of tape and you can see where it lined up with row 8. I have marks on the sheetrock in the hall (what will be under the baseboards) so I can always recreate my reference lines for the bathroom/bedrooms when I get to those.

    But are you can see from the island and cabinets, the house is more square than I was expecting and my planks are as close to perfectly parallel as possible.

    I did a little excel magic to give me both feet and fractional inches as well as decimal inches all based on the metric size of the plank face (which is 232mm for mine), I did put together a few planks just to make sure my math mathed, but it made it much easier to have the decimal chart because it was nice to measure to something on the other side of the house and then divide the by 9.133858 to get the number of planks it gets to get to any given point and more importantly how much more than a full plank (greater than x.2 is good, less is bad) (yes, that’s my OCD showing)

    Those bessey spacers were clutch, I did a full three rows before checking to the line, but honestly, I had it pretty well dialed in at row 1.

    I also didn’t need to do any weird cutting in in front of the patio door, so that worked out nice for getting my first few rows, the first thing I hit was actually the floor vent on row 6

    Now I am going to screw down some scraps lay some ram board down in front of the dishwasher to transition onto the new floor so I can yank the stove out onto the new floor and move the fridge out and to the left so I can finish out the kitchen and head down the hall just shy of the hall bathrooom.

    I have an air bag shim that I think will work for lifting the dishwasher up enough to get planks under the legs.

    Mostly I wanted to thank you for all the work you put into the blueprint and your videos in general and all the knowledge you’ve shared with the world, this is going so well for me because of your excellent tutelage and I’m extremely grateful to you for it.

    Oh, and you were talking about the weather, we’re in Northen Kentucky (Cincinnati Metro area) where it’s been in the 90’s this week (97 is the forecast on Thursday), I’ll be really happy to see the 40’s in the morning again, but probably won’t for another month or two.