vinal floor

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  1. rburt5

    rburt5 Member

    Jan 16, 2006
    Canton, Ohio
    I'm attempting to put in a vinal floor in an upstairs bathroom. I've never done it before, but I know the process. I have a couple questions, though.

    1. The old floor was the press and stick tile. The tiles leave the floor real sticky when pulled up. Will that glue cause problems with the adhesive I'm using for the new vinal floor?

    2. The piece of vinal I'm using is a scrap piece that I bought at Lowe's. No warranty. No manufacturer details. Not even a name of manufacturer. A book I read said to match the manufacturer of vinal with the manufacturer of adhesive. Is this really neccessary?

    3. Does it matter if I use a trowell with 1/16" slots vs. 1/8" slots?
  2. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    In my opinion, laying vinyl flooring is best done by a professional. It's awfully easy to make a wrong cut or tear the vinyl; there's just no margin of error. The pro has the tools, knows what materials to use, and can be in and out while your cup of coffee cools. I think in a relatively small space like a bathroom, there are just too many chances for error.
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  4. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego
    1/8" notches would be way too big for sheet vinyl goods. You need the smallest notch you can find. A general purpose adhesive like Henry's 435 would be fine. Make sure there are no lumps or bumps on the floor. They will telegraph up. You should always use a 50 lb or 100 lb floor roller to put down sheet goods..
  5. rburt5

    rburt5 Member

    Jan 16, 2006
    Canton, Ohio
    This is probably one of those jobs that I will wish I would have hired a professional when I'm done. But I'm kind of stubborn like that. I have to learn for myself sometimes. It's a bathroom we are going to totally redo in the future anyways. I just need a temporary floor to get me by. The old press and stick tiles are sliding around and letting water (maybe mold) ruin the plywood.

    Thanks for the advice. Luckily, I had already bought one with 1/16 notches. Could I get the same result as a floor roller by leaning on a regular rolling pin from the kitchen? I know it sounds kind of ghetto, but would it work?
  6. Scuba_Dave

    Scuba_Dave Extreme DIY Homeowner

    Jan 5, 2009
    Used to be in IT
    South of Boston, MA
    I did my last kitchen floor, maybe 10x12?
    It was a total gut job, new plywood sub floor
    Old house was from 1905, so the floor fell about 4" over the length
    I bought the sheet & dry fitted it
    Since cabinets would go on top a tight fit was not required in most areas
    I used a heavy scuba tank as a roller

    It came out Ok, much better then what was there (12 layers)
    For our kitchen floor here (new house) we will hire a pro
    I tiled my bathroom

    How big is the bathroom?
    Is it square or does it have a lot of irregular shapes/angles?
  7. Nate R

    Nate R New Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    I perform R&D testiing at small engine manuf.
    Milwaukee, WI
    I've used a rolling pin in a couple small bathrooms with no problems. I REALLY leaned on it, though.
  8. leejosepho

    leejosepho DIY scratch-pad engineer

    Nov 23, 2006
    disabled-retired industrial fabricator
    200 miles south of Little Rock
    I rolled one of mine down by leaning on about a foot of 3" PVC pipe, but I weighed about 260 at that time!
  9. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

    Jul 24, 2007
    Robber, with some DIY on the side.
    Ah, those good ol' days.

    I still am!
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