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||Posted: 03 Mar. 2017,04:52
Late to this, I know, but I saw my owld feller do that 20-odd years ago for a mate of his who worked in a pallet yard.
This was obviously a plan the pair of them cooked up in St Joe's club one night when there was a lock-in. Keith would get a load of hardwood strips from his works (who knew pallet makers had access to hardwood???) and Dad would then boil up some roofing pitch (not quite the same as the jointing pitch we used back then - more viscous), slather it over the concrete floor in Keith's front room, and they'd quickly press down the 'acquired' slats of timber as a 45° herringbone pattern while the pitch was still molten.
They even allowed for running the plate compactor over the timbers as the pitch cooled!
I said I'd have nothing to do with it, that it was bound to end in disaster, there's be snots of pitch everywhere, the wood would warp, and Keith's missus was seriously scary when she got riled.
So they went ahead without me (I think they dragged our Brendan in to help).
It was as rough as a bear's arse, of course, and looked just like what it was: some bits of pallet off-cuts badly glued down with stinky black goo.
But Keith then set about it with a floor sander, and the next time I saw it, the improvement was stunning. It looked bloody gorgeous, almost like a real parquet floor. The pair of them tried to convince me that, on some older Victorian properties, this is how parquet flooring had been done (without the Wacker plate, obvs!). I was never sure whether to believe them or not.
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