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Old 06-12-2019, 06:18 PM   #1
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I am renovations our 345 classic and going with a vinyl wood floor and they come in glue down or floating. What is the best way? Glue down or floating floor?
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:54 PM   #2
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we used floating, click-together flooring and would use the same stuff again. No movement or noise on the road, and it can be taken apart and put back together as needed.
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Do not use the peel and stick. I did and even with meticulous prep, it has shrunk in both dimensions. Replacing with floating laminate. Heavier, but it will be the last floor I have to install. Best wishes
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Thank you for the intel! Also what type of underlayment or vapor barrier should I use? I would like it to be as insulated as possible. Also, do you think I can sue the same flooring over the engine and under the passenger and driver seat?
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Our laminate is heavy too, at least 1/2 thick. We laid it directly on the subfloor, but a vapor barrier is probably a good idea. I think that I saw that Bob Miller put a heating system under the floor in his 370, an even better idea if you go where its chilly. Not sure that I am enough of a carpenter to make it work in the cockpit and doghouse, left carpet there.
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I might be wrong but I think Dan (Smartstream) might have installed wood flooring in the cockpit area.

If so maybe he could post pictures of his installation.

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I might be wrong but I think Dan (Smartstream) might have installed wood flooring in the cockpit area.

If so maybe he could post pictures of his installation.

Brad
Damn Brad you have a good memory, you wouldn't believe how long it took me to find these old pictures.

Anyway I used Brazilian Teak because according to the specs it is very hard and stable size wise with changes of humidity, also got a great deal. It isn't too bad to cut but it eats saw blades. Measure and cut accurately because there is no give, it either fits or it doesn't. I glued it and screwed it down. I will say I replaced a click together cork floor which I liked but it didn't last very well with our Great Dane. The Teak has held up very well however two planks seemed to have shifted a bit and I have no idea why or how.

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The work around the throttle and steering column was a bit...tedious.
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Damn Brad you have a good memory, you wouldn't believe how long it took me to find these old pictures.
When something impresses me I tend to remember it

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The work around the throttle and steering column was a bit...tedious.
Interesting description! I'll bet it was more than tedious
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