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Old 08-21-2003, 10:36 AM   #29
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Here's the opened package of cork. Great patterning with no two tiles the same.

Too bad that my trailer is at the dealer getting a new AC thermostat or I would be out there right no fitting tile.
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Old 08-21-2003, 10:54 AM   #30
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like I mentioned in the other thread, I used 90lbs of pergo in my 23' trailer. it was $3 per foot. for such a small amount of sq. footage, the price difference is negligible. (I recently put in some $4/ft. pergo in my house...so it depends on the line you choose).

I saw a vintage globe-trotter at a recent rally that had a cork floor...I think he used a toung n groove type. He handed me a sample of it, and it seemed like a layer of cork on some sort of laminate backing. Anyway...it looked great! The stuff you got looks like very thin tiles..is that correct?

I'm surprised they used OSB for the subfloor. An architect friend of mine told me that you shouldn't use that stuff for underlayment, because the glue in it off-gasses. too bad for me; all the subfloors in my house are OSB.
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Old 08-21-2003, 11:07 AM   #31
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The stuff you got looks like very thin tiles..is that correct?
Yes, the tiles are about 1/4" thick. The glue-down isn't as thick as the T&G.

My information is that OSB uses the same glues as marine plywood which is used in most Airstreams. As far as I know, only the Internationals are floored with OSB. The floor is one piece. the lack of joints make the glue-down cork feasable.
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Very nice cork flooring. Can't wait to see a photo of the installation.

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Old 08-21-2003, 04:07 PM   #33
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"As far as I know, only the Internationals are floored with OSB"

I know of at least one '86/87 345 MH has the OSB underfloor.

I painted mine with "Kilz" prior to putting the Pergo down.
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Did you get the cork floor installed?

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Old 08-26-2003, 03:51 PM   #35
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Did you get the cork floor installed?

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Not yet. My trailer is sitting at the dealer waiting for a new thermostat for the AC. Hopefully, I will get it home tomorrow and can go to work on it. I'll post photos as soon as i can start working on it.
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My layout

Here is my CAD layout of the floorplan with the 1'x2' cork tiles superimposed.

I chose to lay the tiles across the trailer because it is a lot easier to fit and trim the 1' edge than it is to work with the 2' length. Also, the waste is much less when laid crossways; I should have several full tiles left over to repair any future damage and a lot of partial tile pieces.

I have experimented and the tile edges are pretty much lost in the random pattern, so, while I am staggering the joints, I am making no attempt to line up all of the joints. I am doing this to reduce cutting and to retain some spare tiles.
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Old 08-28-2003, 07:41 PM   #37
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Progress report

The trailer is back from the dealer with a new AC thermostat. I didn't get it home until about 6 PM, so I didn'taccomplish very much today.

The photo shows the first row of tiles in place and the contact cement spread for the full tile in the next row. The contact cement goes down green and when it turns clear, the tiles are ready to set. I thought I would do 2 rows at a time, but I have found that one row at a time works a lot better in the confines of the trailer.
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First evening's work

I ran out of energy at this point. I make the major cuts with my bandsaw and the final trimming around the curves by hand. The contact cement really grabs, so it is impotrant to hit it right the first time. Tommorrow ought to pretty well finish putting down the cork. Then, I have to put in the black molding.
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Hurry up and get finished! I want to see what the final product looks like

Hmmmm I really like that. It looks great. Have to show the misses tonight and see what she thinks.

Once I get the floor straightned out I'll have to see if I can get it smooth enough to use that.
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Looks very nice. You are convincing me to do this to my trailer (when I can find the time). Question, are you using any roller to press down the cork or just setting by hand? Also what is and where did you get the black trim?
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Almost done

Here is the rear of the floor with the black molding around the edges. I think it looks pretty fine.

I bought the molding from McMaster-Carr. It is a self-stick edge molding., rather pricy, but all I could find to use because of the curves in the furniture.. The cork is thinner than the carpet and pad, so the thin "L" of the molding goes under the furniture. Mcmaster-Carr has a number of different moldings.

I didn't roll the cork. I just did a dance on it. The adhesive really nails it down.
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Sorry, forgot the photo

Guess I'm tired!
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