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Old 08-17-2003, 09:44 AM   #15
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Carpet and pad are out. All that remains is just a little trimming of the fuzzys where the carpet went under the furniture.

The one-piece OSB floor is held down to the frame by screws except that some of them aren't countersunk very well at all. I will have to go over the floor and re-countersink about half of the screws before I lay the cork. Then, I will fill over the screw heads so they don't print through the cork. There were also some gobs of gray sealer (Vulkem?) that I had to scrape off.

On the good side, there is absolutely no indication of damage to the OSB from the flood I had last winter.

My task today is to go to Home Depot for tack strip and aluminum strip for the join between carpet and cork at the bedroom. I am going to do it the same as Peter did in his photos in this thread . I have been in Peter's motorhome and he did a fine job of flooring.
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Old 08-19-2003, 01:09 PM   #16
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With the carpet and pad removed

The light spots in the OSB are patches of wood putty over the countersunk self-tapping screws that fasten the floor to the chassis.
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Join to bedroom carpet

I decided to use a wood transition strip. It is slotted on the bottom and I'll use the rubber hammer to seat it on the black plastic strips that can be seen in tis photo. There are tack strips back under the carpet.
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It took the assembler 7 holes to finally hit the outrigger and then he stripped the self-tapping screw. The holes barely showed in the photo, so I marked them with PhotoShop.
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Old 08-19-2003, 01:57 PM   #19
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OSB floor

Ugh! I thought that Airstream stopped using that type of flooring and went back to using plywood. Will the cork protect the floor if it gets wet? If not, you will have a big pile of mush!

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OSB

OSB is as just good and probably better than plywood. You were probably not on the forum last winter when I had my flood due to some bad plumbing. The entire rear third of the trailer carpet and pad were soaked and it took weeks to dry it out completely because water was in the carpet and pad under the bathroom, cabinets, and dinette. Today, there is not a trace of the prolonged soaking on the OSB except some almost imperceptable darkening in the area that was wet.

As far as I know, Airstream did not use OSB in the past.
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The cork floors look really good.

How does price compare with laminate flooring?
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My bad...I was thinking of particle board. Airstream did use particle board at one time and it was a sponge which soaked up water and then dissolved!

How do you clean a cork floor?

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Cleaning cork floor

The cork I am using is sealed. They recommend something using like a Swiffer (sp) or a well wrung-out dry mop. The cork can be resealed periodically, but with the use it gets in a recreational trailer, the interval should be many years.

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN put down cork floors in the 1920s that are still in use today and in good shape. The stuff lasts like iron if well cared for.
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The cork floors look really good.

How does price compare with laminate flooring?
I didn't price laminate because I didn't want the weight. My trailer has a limited useful load as it is.

Glue down, pre-sealed cork can be found for under $4 per sq foot plus shipping.
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"I didn't price laminate because I didn't want the weight"

I think that is a factor which has not been recognized enough in discussions about Pergo and other laminate flooring. I installed a laminate floor IN SPITE OF the weight. It was a conscious decision, made after analysing my gross weight limits and how I load the trailer. But the weight is significant. I suspect some people make the mistake of installing laminate floors without giving the weight issue its proper consideration.

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How much of a difference is there in weight? I bought some self-adhesive laminate tiles to try in the caravel, but just the five tiles seem pretty heavy, so I'm hesitant to do the whole trailer in them, especially with my axel getting close to replacement-time.

The cork tiles look pretty cool, I can't wait to see it when you get it all together. I've been very inspired by all the mods you have done to your trailer so far!
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How much of a difference is there in weight? I bought some self-adhesive laminate tiles to try in the caravel, but just the five tiles seem pretty heavy, so I'm hesitant to do the whole trailer in them, especially with my axel getting close to replacement-time.
I would judge the cork I am using is no more then 1/3 of the weight of Pergo. The 2 cartons of cork definitely weigh less than the carpet and pad I took out.
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The cork has arrived

UPS just dropped it off right on schedule. A much smaller box that I would have imagined with the 2 packages of cork, the quart of contact cement, and a bunch of crumpled paper packing.

The cement is water soluble and the can doesn't even have a ventilation warning. I'll keep plenty of airflow anyway, but I like that.

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