Do it Yourself Lay Your Own Sheet Vinyl

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I shall not be cutting in this complete area. I shall cut in enought to lock it in

Locking in a term I used that basically means. The vinyl is not going to move. that it can be laid out across the area quite safely.

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these four images show me cutting around the base of the shower area and the doorway. (enough to ensure nothing moves

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A Quick credit to Janet Long, Photo below. who snapped the images in this book.  Who incidently was at my first foray into D.I Y, intruction. 1976 Taree NSW

We shall leave this Toilet, laundry and Shower area. 

First, you should know and understand how to cut in all the elements in this area.

Second. This area is very confined and simply not enough room for two older people cramped together to manage photographs.

I have one more D.I.Y. instruction that will assist you to the perfect finish to your laying endeavours. Silicon!

There is a drain plug on the floor. 

Sometimes in a laundry area can, be found a drain plug. We should tackle the drain fitting last.  The reason being you require the sheet vinyl fitted perfectly. This tight-fitting ensures you can roll it back from the nearest wall without allowing the whole sheet to move.   

The Pesky drain holes are manageable for DIY newcomers. These fittings protrude a little and are easy for a trained Stanley knife to follow.  

The drainage plug indicated in the image above turned out to be a little untidy. The previous layer had cut in this one by hand, Probably because it was lying flush with the floor. 

We can do better than this. Step by step


What if there is a plug hole in the floor

The hardest “plug holes”  are the odd shaped ones.  laid flush (so you cannot feel them)

The hardest “plug holes”  are the odd shaped ones.  laid flush (so you cannot feel them)

Step one (see below). Find a sheet of paper, for this demonstration I am using an A3 sized sheet of plain paper.  I have cut a hole and laid it over the drain plug

Next, I have marked the paper using a straight edge

What if there is a plug hole in the floor The Next Step

 Find a nice piece of cardboard. I stole the one (below left) from the back page of a magazene.  Using thin strips of masking tape to hold the A3 template, cut the shape out of the cardboard

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Place the black carboard under the A4 sheet. Follow the lines with a straight edge and a sharp stanly knife & cut the pattern.

NEXT , using thin strips of masking tape to hold the black template to the plug hole.  LIGHTLY FIX.  ( all you need is to make sure it does not move when you roll the floorcovering over it.)

What if there is a plug hole in the floor THE FINAL STEP

Now – You place your template PRECICELY over the drain plug. and yo lightly secure it with thin strips of your masking tape  –   (See image below)

THE FINAL STEP You now need to put a stong double sided tape cut precicely (use scissors) to fit over your template) NOW is the time to trim or adjust the template, make sure it is PERFECT

The LAST TASK is to remove the top layer from the double sided tape. Once this has been done. Only Then you can re-lay the already cut and correctly fitted sheet vinyl over the plug hole. Jump on it and make sure it is securely stuck.

NOW YOU CAN uplift the sheet vinyl and find a perfect positioning of your plug hole. cut it out extremely carefully.

It should fit perfectly

There is on every job, “A Finishing Touch” For the D.I.Y. vinyl layer it is Silicon.

First ,cut the tip of the nozzle

I usually recommend transparent silicon. It generally covers any minor errors and gives the finished job that professional look. Run the silicon along the edge of the sheet vinyl and the wall. Then lick your finger and run over. This changes the profile of the silicon layer frrom a rounded fill to concave fill.

In the case of our Toilet, shower and Laundry area
WHITE would be excellent. It would cover the dark cement grout beautifully.

Type of  Vinyl We Shall Be Laying 2

Previously I mentioned That these newer felt backed sheet vinyls are a gift to ‘Do It Yourself’ enthusiasts.

The soft backing on these vinyls are not at all abrasive.

they can be accidently (or carelesly) scraped against painted walls, skirtings. without damaging paintwork

The extra padding on the underside will cover most minor short comings of floor surfaces. and they will lay quite nicely without adhesives. This is Excellent becauseGlueing sheet vinyl to the floor can be tricky, and messy for the inexperienced Vinyl layer.

They are easily folded (carefully) so that The D.I.Y person can wrangle them into uncompromising areas. Like small caravans, toilets, children’s cubby houses, and mobile homes.