Flooring Install Part 1


First things first, I had to rip out the tiles in the kitchen.

My first real task (other than lugging heavy shit in) was a doozy.   The tools were a large floor chisel:


and a hammer.  I smashed my hand several times and was informed by a neighbor 3 floors below that I ‘ruined’ her Saturday.   I guess banging metal on metal reverberates through a concrete and metal structure.   Sorry dawlin.

You can see the old tile here:


And after several hours of banging away, we get this:


Note the gas line hanging out the window above. If you are unsure if the valve is turned off, this is one way to handle it… I kid.  Don’t try this in your home please.



Now that I’ve got all those tiles out of the way, I put down DRIcore subfloor squares to make the kitchen level with the rest of the parquets.  DRIcore is nice, they lock together and have a rubber bottom to protect the floor from moisture.  I don’t think I’ll have that issue all these floors up, but its nice to know anyways.


Day one, complete. Next I’ll start laying down the Hickory boards. I can’t wait to see how this looks.

One Response to “Flooring Install Part 1”

  1. […] hickory that could actually be installed on top of the existing parquet floors (more on the install here). So, leaving the old parquet surface intact, they removed only the small area of kitchen tiles and […]

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