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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by deanym, Aug 22, 2005.

  1. deanym

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    Hi chaps,

    My girlfriend and I are busy renovating our home that we've just bought and require some fingerblock parquet flooring.

    It's needed to repair an area of the room where the previous owners place a different sized set of blocks so it looks rather naff.

    The problem is we need an old imperial size of 4x4 large squares, made up of 5 fingers which give an overall "tile size" of 17"x17" (or 432x432).

    Does anyone have any lying in a cellar or attic, or know anyone in the trade who could help?

    I've trawled the web and ebay but have yet to find anything close, so i'm relying on the diverse make up of the forum to help me along.

    You won't let me down!!!!

    Cheers

    Dean.
     
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    You could always get a chippie to make the flooring up from scratch. This wont be cheap.
     
  3. deanym

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    Hi Razor, yeah I'd looked into that, I only need 1msq so it shouldn't be too much, just wanted something worn in to match the rest.
     
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    BBC2 ran a series of programs a few months ago about using reclaimed building materials. You could go to that micro-site and see if there were any links to any suppliers or organisations. Can't remember the name of the program though :(
     
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    :hiya:

    Getting different types of flooring to match is hard enough. Different grain etc. Even when it is new flooring it is always advised to get every thing in the same batch as the next batch my be totally different.

    Try architectural iron mongers, they are dotted about here and there or scrap merchants.

    If not 1 m of flooring shouldnt be more than a days work for a chippie. You can also get french polishers to stain the wood and distress it to try and match it in as close as possible.

    BTW i run a refurbishment company in central london. :D
     
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    Guys, thanks for the help,

    Razor, the colour match isn't as important as the size match - I can play with the colour as its in a shadow's area, however the different sized blocks is much harder to disguise.

    We're also about to renovate oak floorboards in another room - any hints/tips from your experience?
     
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    Get a good floor sander and be carefull that when you place the paper on the roll the screws are screwed in proprly otherwise you will scare the floor. Use different grades of sand paper and finish with a fine paper, other than that you'll be fine. :thumbsup:
     
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    brilliant,

    pretty much what we had planned, so nice to know we had half a clue!!!

    Cheers!
     
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    Remember to fill the gaps as well :lesson:
     
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    i am a parquet floor layer, get a timber yard to make up what u want. and hire a good machine when sanding, not one of them crappy hire tech sanders.
    ask for a continous belt sanding machine, and use a belt around the handles of the machine to stop it running away with u. and use (bona chemi pacific one) ,to laquer it with. put it on with a roller not a brush.
    one other thing when fining up with the 100 grade sandpaper go quite fast with it as this will help u not to leave any lines in the floor . good luck
     
  11. deanym

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    Again,

    thanks for the advice - will definitely pay heed!!

    and you'll all be invited to the housewarming :beer:
     
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    shame i am in sweden otherwise i would do it for u. one other thing when u stick the parquet down use a pure spirit glue(lecol is the name) not water based, it will curl the timber otherwise
     
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    Mike,

    Thanks for the tip regards glue, if you'd been in uk i may have taken you up on the offer of the work! :smashin:
     
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    try the victorian woodworks in east london they do a lot of reclaim timbers, i'm sure they can help u
     

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