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Old 06-30-2004, 04:19 PM   #1
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HELP!!! On a tight schedule, need to replace floor from front to rear...

I need tips and information on replacing my floor front to rear. I have a limited time frame as I am in between jobs right now, and have thge next 2 weeks to straight work on it, then i have after work, and 4 weekends before i hope to be able to attend the Region 1 rally. Any help is appreciated.
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Old 06-30-2004, 04:26 PM   #2
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I need tips and information on replacing my floor front to rear. I have a limited time frame as I am in between jobs right now, and have thge next 2 weeks to straight work on it, then i have after work, and 4 weekends before i hope to be able to attend the Region 1 rally. Any help is appreciated.
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You'll have to be a little more specific, are you talking carpet, or tile, or vinyl?
If you are talking the plywood base flooring I don't think two weeks will do it.
A job like that could be as big as body off the frame.
Please explain a liitle bit on what the condition of the floor is. You may not need to replace it only fix it with an epoxy fill.
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Old 06-30-2004, 04:44 PM   #3
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I am planning on doing marine grade plywood from fron to rear, i am assuming a shell off at this point, and i'm looking for information to help speed along the process. Pointers as to speed taking the shell off would help, as well as the rest... thanks for the quick reply.
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I think he's talking about "the full monty"

and Chad, I agree...sounds a bit amitious to me. Its a big, fat, hairy deal to do the whole floor, frame-off or not. all kinds of prep work, bracing...facilities to acutally lift the thing off the frame...and if the floor is that bad, surely, the frame will need work, too.

Think about it...it takes a week to build an airstream, with a slew of skilled workers that do it for a living. and that's essentially what you're proposing, with a complete gutting, rewiring, insulating, etc...what else is left? all in 3 week's time. well, if you have lots of energy, go for it. me? takes me all weekend just to get the stupid thing washed.

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Well, its gotta be done... whether i make my time constraints or not... it's just gonna take a bit longer if i have to finish the major work on the weekends..
As for the floor, it's not all that bad everywhere... really bad in the bathroom due to a leaky toilet, and front section to about the door (aboiut 8 feet, but it's solid in the middle) But i figured i'd do the whole thing while I had it up somewhat.
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Well, its gotta be done... whether i make my time constraints or not... it's just gonna take a bit longer if i have to finish the major work on the weekends..
As for the floor, it's not all that bad everywhere... really bad in the bathroom due to a leaky toilet, and front section to about the door (aboiut 8 feet, but it's solid in the middle) But i figured i'd do the whole thing while I had it up somewhat.
Well, then, I say "Go for it!!". Get Chuck and Pam out there to help. I'm sure they're just dyin' to roll up their sleeves and dive right in! Tell them if they don't help, you're coming with them to the rally!

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Forget a shell off unless you have a BUNCH of people with decent mechanical skills helping with the task for looooong hours. The only exception would be if you had at least someone on your crew who has done this before & can point out where the problem areas will be.

Are you sure you can't just work the worst areas until you have a less-tight schedule to address the big enchilada?

Oops - everthing above is just my opinion.

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In that case, we're parking the "Big Mother Motorhome" in vintage... They've been out there digging right in with me, so that's not a problem anyways...
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Oh, and marine grade plywood? Can you get flat, dry pieces where you are?

I have ranted in another thread on this, so I will spare you. IMO, OSB would be better. But do whatever you are comfortable with. Although Ward Cleaver never said it, I will say, "Do your research, Beaver"
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Forget a shell off unless you have a BUNCH of people with decent mechanical skills helping with the task for looooong hours. The only exception would be if you had at least someone on your crew who has done this before & can point out where the problem areas will be.

Are you sure you can't just work the worst areas until you have a less-tight schedule to address the big enchilada?

Oops - everthing above is just my opinion.

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I would agree, exceot that I would rather do it all at once... I have Carpentry, Metal Fabrication, Electrical experience under my belt, as well as being very mechaincally inclined (Mechanical Engineering Student), and my father is a born tinkerer... I would love to have a list of do's and don't to refer to from the veterans though. I appreciate your concerns, and would agree with that is- if wasn't so sure i could handle it, with a little bit of picking others peoples brains...
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Oh, and marine grade plywood? Can you get flat, dry pieces where you are?

I have ranted in another thread on this, so I will spare you. IMO, OSB would be better. But do whatever you are comfortable with. Although Ward Cleaver never said it, I will say, "Do your research, Beaver"
We have used it before here and it was dry, try this place.




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got that on this site. http://www.plumcreek.com/products/pl...te=al&sec=dist
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So anyways... back to the topic... I need to make a list of do's and don'ts, any advice from the veterans of this process is appreciated.
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I would agree, exceot that I would rather do it all at once... I have Carpentry, Metal Fabrication, Electrical experience under my belt, as well as being very mechaincally inclined (Mechanical Engineering Student), and my father is a born tinkerer... I would love to have a list of do's and don't to refer to from the veterans though. I appreciate your concerns, and would agree with that is- if wasn't so sure i could handle it, with a little bit of picking others peoples brains...
Chad,

Your goal is attainable, but you will find that reading about problem areas, and experiencing them are different time-wise. I think you are more than up to the challenge itself, I just question the timeframe. The last thing you need is to show up in a half-baked repair job.

As part of your chosen career, I will point out that engineering is based more on meeting schedule than anything else. Choose a reasonable schedule now.

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So anyways... back to the topic... I need to make a list of do's and don'ts, any advice from the veterans of this process is appreciated.
You can put in a new floor without doing a shell off, and it can be done in two weeks.
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