I had asked some questions at the beginning of the month regarding laying a
mesquite floor. The first was whether or not to use an underlayment or not
as the floor is glued down. I ended up nailing down 1/4" plywood every 6
inches per the APA recommendations. That was 3 weeks ago and my lower back
is still recovering from being stooped over with a nail gun for several
hours while I put in 3000 nails.
Especially for James Cubby Culbertson, I went through 15 gallons of Bostik's
Best urethane adhesive. My overall impression is that after using that
stuff, a nailed-down floor sounds like a piece of cake. My thoughts are
that a) it's easier to work with when it's warm and b) it wouldn't be so bad
if I could open a 5 gal container and just keep going until it was empty.
But I would generally stop after several rows to make sure that they were
pushed together tight. Then, the next day, I would have to cut away the
cured product on the top. I would also agree that the Bostik's Best
Adhesive Remover is a must-have product. It works like 10 times better than
The bottom line is that the floor laying portion is now complete. I put
down about 565 square feet and my father and I worked on it for two weekends
and I worked on it by myself for another weekend. Since, apparently, my
wife did not think this was difficult enough to begin with, she decided that
she wanted it laid at a 45 deg angle. I was prepared for an additional
amount of scrap with this, but even with it, I didn't get much. I figure I
ended up with only about 3% scrap. I had planned for more, so if anyone is
intereted in about 67 SF of mesquite flooring, let me know.
I'm now in the process of finding someone to sand and finish it. Most of
the quotes I have gotten are in the $2/SF area. If anyone here knows of a
sander/finisher in the western Chicago suburbs, let me know.