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Old 11-15-2012, 12:14 AM   #1
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Hello, let me catch you up to speed on what I am doing with my schoolbus. At this point, I have taken out the seats, the heaters, and the floor, painted the metal floor with rust stopping/killing base paint, and sealed up the holes that the seats were bolted through. Now I need to put in a floor, this is what I am wanting to do. I want to put in some tongue and groove wood, probably bamboo as I saw on lumber liquidators online that I can purchase it for about $1.75 a sq. ft. (my bus totalling roughly 300 sq. ft.), also thinking I should put some sort of pad or insulation down, as the cold metal will leech heat from the wood, or disperse cold to the wood. My question is, should I build my wall sections first, then put my flooring in and work around walls, or should I put floor in and then build walls so that i can screw into wood for better stability and durability? Also, if you have some insight or advice on the flooring process or what materials you went with, it would be greatly appreciated to share some ideas with me. Thanks all, for working with me through my exciting project.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:04 AM   #2
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Re: floors and walls

I choose to do my floor last... There's no way I could have kept from destroying it with the way I'm building my interior...

I was a general contractor and the floors were always toward the end...
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:20 PM   #3
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Re: floors and walls

I went pretty much the same route an Glenn. 3/4" poly iso insulation board covered by 3/4" tongue and groove and linoleum over it all. I also put in some thin wood strips to keep the insulation from getting squashed down.

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Old 11-15-2012, 04:07 PM   #4
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Re: floors and walls

I'm with dirtygoat in that I'm leaving the finished floor until last to preserve it. I'm shooting for maple t&g as the final flooring. After cleaning everything down to the steel floor, I went with paint, then roofing paper, then 3/4" foil-backed rigid insulation & 3/4" x 2" battens, covered with 1/2" plywood.

I'm still working out how to prep for the tiling in the bathroom (whether to have a full 3/4" of insulation under the latex-impregnated gypsum-board), but I think it'll be in there, at least outside of the shower area.

And you might want the insulation not just to preserve the flooring, but also to cut road noise. Having the amount of floor that I've got done in has made a great difference in my bus.
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Re: floors and walls

I used 1/2 foam insulation with the aluminum bareer on it, then used 5/8 tounge and grooved sturdy floor. I was gonna put the vynle flooring down first since it would be alot easier to do know but I ended up not havi g enuff of that, so I started the walls and will lay down tongue and grove hardwood, I got a deal on it so that's my route. I can say this I been running a propane infrared heater which if you look in my pics you can see it, but with in 20 mins it will run you out on low.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:16 PM   #6
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Re: floors and walls

My vote is for the Foam and Tongue and groove Plywood first and then walls and finished floor covering last.

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Old 11-16-2012, 07:36 PM   #7
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Re: floors and walls

I plan on doing my floors with a garage floor parking pad... It's thick rubber, 7'6"x20' roll and diamond plate textured to match a lot of the material I've used... I'll use a roll of thick brown painters paper to make a template, so it'll be cut to fit... I want it removable for cleaning and fixing stuff... Not sure how insulating it is, but I've spent tons of hours standing on concrete in the winter out in the garage and the thick rubber mats work the best at keeping your toes from falling off...
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Re: floors and walls

I hoping not to change the floor in my crown- it's 1 1/2" marine ply on the metal frame work of the chassis.. the walls are just stainless inside, covering the outside... the big project is pulling the ceiling out to put 1" foam insulation up there , then some in the walls .. fun ..
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:22 AM   #9
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Re: floors and walls

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I choose to do my floor last... There's no way I could have kept from destroying it with the way I'm building my interior...

I was a general contractor and the floors were always toward the end...

For those that decided to put their floor in last, what did you do to stabalize the walls? did you bolt the walls down through the metal floors and then when you apply flooring do you plan to build around walls? And for those that did floors before walls, did you drill/bolt dirrectly into wood floor and metal when putting up the wall?
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:33 PM   #10
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Just like when building a house, attach walls to floor, ceiling, exterior walls... Then final floor built around walls... If I have to take up the flooring for any reason, I don't want to remove walls... That's just me though...
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