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Message posted by Miss OxyDon20/4/2006 at 10:18pm
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Hi buffer1, thanks for that, we still have our spongy floor as OH has not got around to doing anything about it yet. Keep us up to date on your progress

Message posted by michael20/4/2006 at 10:38pm
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hi,delamination...frightening no if you set out your stall and take your time.this is not a two hour job as stated,when you have finished you will know why they charge so much at the caravan repair shop.i have just done ours a few months ago.i will go through the steps best i can.ours had gone in two places,next to the door entrance and next to the sink four feet away.you will find that delamination is where the floor is used most.ie next to the sink and the door entrance.first decide how much delamination you have,ie.2 feet (old school) or 6 feet,this information is required when you go to order your epoxi resin mix.one mix will cover about 3 feet by 3 feet.got mine from barrons 25 for both tins.you also need a large syringe to inject the mixed epoxi resin.this will also sell.also the chemicals (glue) are called apollo 1 and apollo 2.i think the code is A8136.the small tin is the hardener and must be used in the time on the tin.the first thing is to remove all carpets or lino.second(must) tape up all joints and the cowls under the caravan .use a good tape.ie brown packing tape,3 in wide.if you dont the glue will run out on to the ground outside through all the seams.you will not know until you see a pool on the path..third ,support the floor under the van in some way so it cannnot bend when pressure is placed on top,do not push up the floor.you can damage the fittings inside.use wood blocks stacked up just touching the floor on the underside in the same place as the delamination.fourth find a sharp 10mm drill .you need to buy 10 mm round wood to cut and plug the holes,sold in 6 foot lengths.this needs cutting into plugs,half inch long and sanded down at one end to make it go in easy.the next step is to do a test hole,find a place that has no gas pipes on the underside.slowly drill one hole until it only just touches the plywood at the bottom.DO NOT DRILL THROUGH.tape up the drill at this depth,use plenty of tape to stop the drill going deeper than it should.mark out the area of delamination,black marker,in a square grid pattern of 4 inch each way .when finished you will have a large square full of holes to the size of the delamination.ie.3 x 3 feet.clean away all and any dust or shavings.have a large polythene bag ready to put over the square,the glue does not stick to polythene.you need a tin  or old pan to mix into of the correct size for size of mix.a clean strong stick to stir the mix.only mix what you need within the time allowed.start at the rear end injecting the holes one by one until it flows out then plug with the wood plug.when finished ,place poly bag over all holes.put a heavy weight on top ie.wheels and tyres or gas bottles.leave for 24 hours to dry.sand down all plugs until smooth.you must wear a mask for the fumes and open the windows when you are doing the job.rubber gloves are handy too.CHECK UNDERSIDE FOR GAS PIPES BEFORE STARTING.wish i could type.17 thought this may help


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Message posted by buffer121/4/2006 at 10:40am
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Thats it Michael. Spot on. I must have written it badly about the time taken and the supporting from underneath.. The cutting the carpet and laying the floating laminate only took 2 hours. Theres no tricky bits to cut round in the galley area, so its a bit of no brainer job.

What you have written is excellent about curing the spongy-ness. My friend say's he cured his floor with something similar to what you've detailed, that he found out in the Haynes Caravan Manual by John Wickersham.

Incidently, the carpet in my ABI does come out with a bit of gentle expletives. Its only lightly glued in and comes out for a bit of attention with the Bissell Carpet Cleaner at the beginning of the season.


Message posted by michael21/4/2006 at 6:28pm
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thanks i copied it because i did not fancy typing it all out again.this explains how i did it,as far as i know its still going strong on the floor area and they have 3 children the people who got our van.[:o)]

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Message posted by bikermike21/4/2006 at 11:54pm
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  hi donf,  we had the bathroom floor tiled at home & the number of times i went flying ( literally) was quite unnerving. but on a trip to aldi or lidl's i came across some non slip matting, it's like a very small mesh but it's covered in a rubbery type of stuff. popped some under said bathroom mat, problem solved!! you don't have to glue it in place it just stick's. you would probably need a few sheet's of it, but it's not that expensive,& you can take it out & put it in your next van.

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Message posted by mike+judi22/4/2006 at 8:36pm
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When we picked up our Bailey there were a few pieces of velcro tape in the toothbrush beaker.I thought they might be for the shower curtain until I took out the carpets to brush the floor and saw the 'hook'side of the velcro across the corners off the carpets.Now I know what their for!,Not fitted them yet as the carpet doesn't move too much.

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Message posted by dpr20601/5/2006 at 1:18am
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If you want a tough wooden looking floor how about Karndean?


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