THE VINYL GUY (CONT’D)
That title means, yes, it’s true. He’s. Still. Here.
Unfortunately, there was a bubble under the vinyl in the kitchen (caused by the sub-floor de-laminating – something it’s guaranteed NOT to do) and that had to be repaired so the nice installer is just getting to nailing in the ¼ round edging en route to finishing. Yes, it IS after 3:00 PM on Friday. A day later than he expected and he’s still working!
The last part of the job is for him to put sealant on all of the seams. Unlike how the floor previously looked with the ‘peel and stick’ squares and metal transition strips between every room, this installer has perfectly matched all of the joined seams. Therefore, there are only going to be metal strips transitioning between the vinyl and carpet on top of the basement stairs and from the vinyl to the carpet going into the living room. This technique really gives a better feeling of space and, actually, makes the vinyl look a little more like tile! It looks really good. However, the sealant takes about 3 hours to dry and is really smelly so the installer doesn't want me in the house when it's drying. The cats are barred up in our bedroom and Para and I will be taking the van to a walking spot and, maybe, a picnic with DH, while we wait for the fumes to go down.
Here is a ‘before’ picture seeing as I nothing else interesting going on in my life right now besides renovations and organising (and I’m sure you don’t want to see pictures of boxes!). Note the 23 year old original vinyl in the closet and the ‘peel and stick’ on the left. I thought the ‘peel and stick’ looked pretty good (it was here when we bought the house) until the new vinyl went down. The new stuff looks a lot better:
Here are sample photos of the sub-floor that the installer laid before the vinyl went down:
Later, I hope to have completed vinyl pictures for you when the job is done. No, no predictions on when that’s going to be. I’m way past the ability to predict anything now…