So, it's my birthday, and I have a semi-blind date with a blond, blue eyed flight attendant....pretty nice in the online dating photo...and she is a cook and wrote a cook book! So, we meet over by her place at a nice restaurant, she brings a present and buys the dinner! Then she talks about the flooring job that another guy has started in her kitchen and it's not going well and he's doing a terrible job and he hates the stuff and it's "cheap" . "Would you like to stop over and check it out?" "OK, sure". I follow her home about 10 minutes away. I see the floor started about 5 boards out into the room starting under the fridge. "Do you think you can do this?" "Well, you have to fire the other guy and be on good terms or he'll fine a "contractor's lien against you." "OK, I'll do that." WE talk, she came to terms with him.
I think he wanted out as bad as she wanted him out!
I come over the next day ..truck loaded with table saw, support tables, sliding miter saw, 18v port circ saw, hammers, impact and drill motor, no spare batteries. We get started and about 7 boards out there are gaps at the ends on the length between the boards. Hindsight... there's probably a very slight curve in the length, but not all board have the gaps.
So she starts kicking the boards together to close the gaps, which "unsnaps" the boards.....after 3 times of me telling her don't do that again or I'm off the job... "We are going to have to glue the boards together and then screw them down into the sub floor in a few select places." She says "The screw holes will show" "Yah, but what would you rather do, have these 1/16" gaps or a hole the size of a finish nail?" It's rainin' outside and I'm runnin' to the garage back and forth and sweatin' and gettin' pissed and gettin' frustrated with the WHOLE project and the homeowner/date. I can't wait to finish...2 door sills to set ....
BTW I had to set up the TS to create an end slot for the male tongue to fit on the ends. Zero clearance sacrificial piece and hold the board vertical....clever.
Finally, I'm finished pack up the truck and give her a hug, she says "Call me" ?!
and leave the place relieved. She was happy with the job and offered me $100.00 for gas and time "served". She called the next day and thanked me profusely.
The name of the product is Dream Home Utopia, 6 mm Oak. at $.69 per sq ft. Lumber Liquidators
I recommend not using this never, ever.
The 6mm dimension leaves very little "purchase" for the boards to lock together and stay locked.
If your job was anything like mine I feel your pain bro.