The Big Think

April 29, 2007

Studio Construction

Filed under: Studio Construction — jasony @ 10:28 pm

The floor is going in!

I spent today learning how to install a wood floor. It takes a bit of practice to get everything lined up, but once I got the hang of it things went pretty swiftly. I had to install a layer of sound absorbing fabric underlayment first. This layer acts as a thin pad between the plywood subfloor and the new wooden floating laminate. Again, not very hard to do but takes a few minutes to get everything lined up.

Once that was done I just started at one side of the studio and began laying down rows of wooden floor material. The first two rows are a real pain because it’s all so light that the pieces want to come apart or get misaligned. Even though she’s sick, Erin volunteered to hold one end of the slats while I worked on the other end. By the third row the whole assembly was heavy enough to stay still on its own, so Erin was able to go back to the couch and sneeze/snooze.

All told I got about 3/5 of the floor installed and man, are my knees tired. Today I worked on the easy part- no weird cuts, just laying the pieces down and snapping them together. Tomorrow I have to do the most difficult part of the floor. There are weird sloping cuts that have to go around the 18 and 9 degree angles of the iso booth. Not sure how I’m going to do that.

It’s only half finished but it looks fantastic. Every bit as professional and beautiful as I’d hoped. Unfortunately, laminate isn’t as strong as 1″ thick wooden planks, though. I had to move the compound miter saw station from the ply wood to the new wood floor when I started to run out of room and during this transition I managed to dent the new floor slightly. The CMS is on a sheet that’ll hopefully keep this from happening further, but it was a good lesson. Luckily the damage is pretty slight, and I figure that it’s going to happen sooner or later. I just wish that I could have waited until I got the whole thing in first! Ah well. you’d be hard pressed to see the damage unless I pointed it out.

I couldn’t help myself so I spread out the new carpet and held up the fabric for the curtains. Big smiles all around.

Tomorrow I’ll put in the rest of the floor and start working on the trim. I think that I will really and truly be finished with this project by the end of the week.

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