4/11/21 - Worked on the carpet all weekend but got it finished. This commercial carpet tile is tough stuff, especially when you have to cut it. Came out good though. Last step is the base molding.
That is awesome Joe. Looks fantastic. Well done.
Step one - done. Step two - build a layout. How hard can that be!
Take a good look, it's the last time you'll ever see it this clutter-free...
Great looking room.I remember the sign from the main line of the CNJ .
Wow do you work fast Joe!
Nice work Joe - now you have a lot of wall to cover!
Looks great! Now, coffee break's over. Time for the night shift. We'll be back to check on your progress at 6:00 am.
Everything looks great! You will have many possibilities when you begin your railroad. Please keep posted.
WOW Joe, that looks Amazing! I wish I had a room like that! LOL
Looks great, Joe!! I like your Manville-Finderne sign. I used to live a stone's throw from that station, right on the Finderne/Somerville border.
WOW! BIG! NICE!
When I have built layouts in rooms as finished as yours I covered the entire area with 6 mill poly before the benchwork commenced.
The side benefit other than carpet protection is the ability to slide under the platform on my back as I scooted around running wires.
Using drop cloths after the fact with carpet has it's own short comings. Just ask Gunner.......
Beautiful job Joe. Good luck. On too phase 2.
First, the results are stunning. You've done an enviable and inspiring job.
Second, for such a wide open space, why did you choose carpet tiles versus roll carpeting in a very large roll? Do the tiles provide some advantage (e.g., cost, ease of handling, flexibility when it comes to fitting, etc.)?
Finally, how do you secure those tiles to the floor? Glue?
It looks great. You should be very proud. I agree with the guy who recommend that you take a moment to ponder the magnificent blank canvas you've created an all it will become.
Steven J. Serenska
I was originally going to install a regular wall to wall carpet. I then ordered some carpet tile samples and changed my mine. First, these are commercial tiles. They should wear like iron. Plus, if any of the tiles get wet, I can remove them and dry them. They have a hard rubber backing.
The tiles are not glued down. That is recommended for commercial installations. They say if your using them like wall to wall carpet, all you need to do is lay them on the floor. I went a step further. I purchased tile tabs which are 3"×3" adhesive pads. Sort of like carpet tape. These are installed at each four tile intersection, except they are stuck to the underside of the tiles. This locks all four tiles together. After you do this at every intersection, you basically have one large carpet. To remove a tile, you can peel it up or cut the adhesive tab, then install new tabs with the replacement tile.
Also, the variety of designs and shapes of these tiles makes for infinite layout possibilities. This was also cheaper than conventional carpeting and I was able to install it myself.
Brand, model and source of your tile?
This is the place I ordered the tile from. The color of mine is "Jumbled".
Great progress, looking forward to future updates.
I too love that sign! I grew up in Manville and hung out with some guys from Finderne in my hot-rodding days! They liked to say " Finderne means Fast!" Passed bye the station many times over the old steel bridge but never went down to check it out. My trains were in storage then.
The room turned out very nice, Joe. It's been fun watching it all come together, especially since I'm not doing any of the work...
Thanks everyone for nice comments. It was a lot of work but it paid off in the end.
Where did the black lally columns go? They didn't seem to make it into the last batch of photos...
I removed them.......😁😆😁😆😁😆. I guess my photo shots missed the columns. I was trying to show some different angles.