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Old 08-07-2012, 02:36 AM   #1
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I'm getting ready to lay some flooring on my new plywood floor. Spent an hour at Home Depot looking at vinyl tile, linoleum, indoor-outdoor carpet. The lady helping me was convinced that self-stick tiles wouldn't take the heat, nor would linoleum. I could use the carpet, but I just don't want carpet on the floor.

I ended up buying the self-stick tiles, a can of contact cement, and some brass threshhold nails.

Does anyone have any recommendations for glue that will work with the self-stick tile? This isn't cheap tile, but I have no doubts that it will come up with the heat.

I saw some non-stick tile but NO WAY do I want to deal with that in the bus--been there done that, and it's obnoxiously messy and nearly impossible to lay without getting glue everywhere or having the tiles separate and leave huge gaps.
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:04 AM   #2
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Re: Flooring questions

What heat are you talking about? I think in my bus i can walk on the floor even without shoes on...
Course when in Alabama, we dont ever wear shoes....
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:55 PM   #3
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Re: Flooring questions

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I'm getting ready to lay some flooring on my new plywood floor. Spent an hour at Home Depot looking at vinyl tile, linoleum, indoor-outdoor carpet. The lady helping me was convinced that self-stick tiles wouldn't take the heat, nor would linoleum. I could use the carpet, but I just don't want carpet on the floor.

I ended up buying the self-stick tiles, a can of contact cement, and some brass threshhold nails.
Why the contact cement with self sticking tiles?
Many of the bus-nuts here have laid vinyl down on the floor without problems........ but they had sealed, and insulated the floor before putting it down.
Ask questions.... Before you go out and spend a bunch of cash..
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Old 08-07-2012, 01:21 PM   #4
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Re: Flooring questions

Why the contact cement with self sticking tiles?
Many of the bus-nuts here have laid vinyl down on the floor without problems........ but they had sealed, and insulated the floor before putting it down.
Ask questions.... Before you go out and spend a bunch of cash..[/quote]

I laid this tile in my bathroom a few year ago and was less than impressed with the sticky-ness of the tiles. We ended up using tiny copper-covered nails in the corners to assist the sticky, but they also look nice.

I thought of contact cement since it seems to stick to everything and hold it. If someone has tried it and it doesn't work, then hopefully they will chime in and say so.
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Old 08-07-2012, 01:56 PM   #5
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Re: Flooring questions

At my last job I used a lot of Henry 422 Tile Adhesive to lay down vinyl tile. Good stuff. The tile we were using wasn't self-stick so not sure whether the two adhesives will play well together. If I was laying down vinyl tile I would use the standard, non sticky backed stuff and glue it down with the Henry 422.
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:24 PM   #6
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Re: Flooring questions

Just curious why not snap together laminate? Cheap.... easy.... durable....and another layer to the floor?
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:31 PM   #7
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i used laminate that is supposed to snap together in each of the rooms of my bus, but glued it down anyway.
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We did glued down laminate too.
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:21 PM   #9
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We did glued down laminate too.
i glued down the felt underlayment, then glued the laminate to that on my bus.
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Re: Flooring questions

I used a "Trafficmaster Allure" floating floor that stuck to itself along the edges in both the bus and in my home. I'm extremely satisfied with the results of both and they were very inexpensive ($1.80 to $2.10 per sq. ft.). The flooring is very durable, comes in a variety of colors, and looks like wood, or tile. In the house, I have a dog who loves to track mud inside, but the floor can take it. In the bus, during construction I've been dropping nails, wood, shelf brackets, tools, etc, and yet the floor still looks great - can't find a ding in it yet.

If you haven't started installing your self-stick stuff yet, I'd highly recommend the Allure stuff instead.
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