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Old 01-04-2015, 04:04 PM   #1
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Finding floor bolts/screws without removing vinyl flooring

I wanted to share a technique that I'm using to find screws underneath the vinyl flooring.

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- 1/2 inch neodymium magnets wrapped in ductape so you can easily clean them
- 3 inch hole saw
- hammer and chisel

Start of by running the magnet up and down the floor to find your first bolt. Mark it and cut around the mark using the hole saw just enough to remove the vinyl layer. You should then find the bolts/screws your looking for!
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Old 01-04-2015, 05:11 PM   #2
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Old 01-04-2015, 05:19 PM   #3
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Hehe it works great! Good luck on your restoration
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Old 01-04-2015, 05:59 PM   #4
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I used on of the old style magnet stud finders. The el cheapo one.

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Great idea! Now that the floor is out, I found that the rear end is sagging 2" on one side.. any tricks to fixing this?
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:48 AM   #6
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Campfire pisser here. Most will say nothing;
Those tiles are not vinyl. They contain a small level of asbestos and you did exactly what you not supposed to do with them, you made them friable. The fine dust the hole saw created is very dangerous. It is all over the place inside your trailer now. I strongly suggest you carefully vacuum every square inch of the interior before you go any further. Asbestosis is no joking matter and it has only one cure.
I think this technique you used was done to avoid the belly pan removal. Bellypaniphobia is rampant in the home restorer world. Removing the belly pan would have allowed you full access to the bolt from below. When attacked from below, a pair of vise grips will break the bolt off in about 5 seconds time. It also makes putting in the new floor correctly so much easier. You will probably respond that you are using self drilling screws to install the new floor. This will work fine(though not recommended or condoned by FTW) but will not allow you bolt the channel to the frame members around the perimeter of the sheet.
As for the sag, use a jack stand to put it back where it should be before you bolt/screw the new piece into place.
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Thanks for the heads up Frank! The PO installed the new tiles over the summer and could not complete the restoration. I hope the newer ones don't have asbestos..
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