Well I got about half the new floor down, hardly a row went by that I didn't
have to cut, notch or some kind of alteration to fit obstacles. They said at HD
not to set the clawfoot tub on the Allure, but to cut a hole slightly larger than
the leg and set the leg into it it and caulk around it w/ colour co-ordinated
caulk. Well on the first leg I lucked out. The foot came right at the middle
of the adhesive strip on the end so I notched that and slid it up to the tub leg
using wax paper to keep it from bonding as it went into place, then holding it
firmly against the previous piece I installed I slid the paper out a couple
inches at a time and bonded it together as I went. Then from the back side I
made a notch in the overlap, then cut that piece to length, then measured best I
could where the next leg would set. I marked that area and cut it out with the
The problem then was to get the tub up enough to slide it into place but
after messing with blocks of wood under the tub which proved futile, I went back
to the wax paper. Laid it over the glue strip, put the new piece on top of the
one it was going to abut, put
a strip of wood up against the length of the new
piece, and a short block of 2 X 6 against that. This brought it out far enough
I could nudge it into place using my foot as I lifted the tub (non drain end)
enough to clear the plank. A couple of tries and I had the leg sitting
perfectly in the hole I made with the Fein. Then I just slid the 2 pieces
together as tightly as I could, and an inch or two at a time slid the wax paper
out pressing it down as I went. Voila! Now the drain end is going to be
another story but I'll deal with that when I get there, hopefully tomorrow.
You would not believe the pain my soulders were in reaching under that tub to
adhere the pieces together. To tell someone who's arms and shoulders are in
good shape what I had to do would make me sound like a bit of a sissy, but trust
me, there is only a small limit of movement once you sever your rotator cuffs,
that your arm will move w/o pain, and it's pretty darn minimal.
So, with that done, I took up as much tile as I dared, covered all the glue
strips with wax paper for the night to prevent lint or anything else from
getting on them, and packed it up for the night. Tomorrow after my wife has her nap
and does her dialysis thing, I'll Have her help me pull the toilet out of there, clean
up the floor, which so far looks good other than being damp near the bowl, dry
it out best I can and then take out whats left of the old wax ring, lay the new
flooring to cover that area, reset the pot and hope for the best.
remember to have S pick up some silicone caulk for around the bowl / floor
contact points before she comes home. I probabl have some on hand but knowing
my luck I'd get half way around and find it has a big air bubble in the tube and
it's almost empty.
I'll post some pics in a few days, I hope!