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Dammit

Member since Mar 2008 • Last active May 2016

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    They'd probably be best cut in with a router, which I could set my router table up for - but it's more work.

    Ideally I'd like my test to reveal that the least stripped block has stuck fast, that way it's only a lot of work rather than a massive amount to clean all the blocks up.

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    I think that any mechanical method of getting the bitumen off would gack up a powered tool - especially as the vigour with which a machine would attack the task might well heat the bitumen up rather more than me and my scraper.

    The blocks I have are the same height as the existing ones, so I don't want to buzz 2mm off the bottom either - this of course would not be a problem if I was going from scratch.

    That said, the blocks have a chamfer on both sides adjacent to the face that bonds to the floor, which I suspect is important in terms of allowing the bonding agent to not be forced up between the blocks when laying them, so cutting that off might be a problem.

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    The parquet that I have is reclaimed, it was originally bonded to the floor using bitumen - this has left a residue on the blocks. There is much debate on the Internet about whether or not you can stick blocks down with old bitumen on them - the conclusion seems to be that you can if you use an adhesive formulated with old bitumen in mind, and that your blocks have "bitumen residue" on them.

    So far so good - but what qualifies as "bitumen residue"?

    I thought that it would be best to test this.

    Here's a block that has had the minimum of cleanup - just enough to knock any protuberances off and make sure it's square:

    This has had the bitumen knocked back a little, but there are still a couple of spots:

    And this has been scraped for a couple of minutes:

    I've stuck them all to a board using Sikabond 5500S:

    In this order:

    And will see how well they have all stuck tomorrow. If the almost untouched one bonds well then that has the potential to save days of work, so fingers crossed.

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    But I could stick to herringbone, it does look nice. Breadbasket is more about trying to reduce wastage than anything else.

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    I'll end up with three rooms with parquet, was thinking of doing a different pattern in each room - herringbone in the sitting room, breadbasket in the hall (I can screw a series of long boards to the centre line and butt against them to get a dead straight reference plane for what is an 11m hall) and then diagonal herringbone for the laundry/bike room.

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    Thanks! It was my first attempt at futzing around with the exposure compensation settings.

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    One pattern (breadbasket) or alternating squares?

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