So I started on the subfloor today. I'll do pictures once it's all done as I have no access to 3rd party image hosting sites at work (which means I don't see alot of the cool install pics on here from others' posts).
It seems it wasn't my day.
The Platon rolled out pretty nice. It's 8 foot across, which makes it difficult to flatten the other side out to fit under the drywall and against the base of the wall. This was the best part of the day though. The Platon is pretty nice to work with and I'm happy I chose this route. It cuts real easy with household scissors, making it easy to put in place. It's pretty tough too, so I was walking all over it to get it into place. Once I get pictures I will show how I solved taming the curves in it and getting the far side under the drywall.Platon RollDimples CloseupRolled OutEasy to CutProblem Against Walls with RollsSolution for me to get under the drywall working with this by myself
Instead of moving on to the next strip of Platon, I decided to put down a row of OSB. I didn't want to be moving the Platon around while moving heavy sheets of OSB on top, so I wanted to get the first row of everything in place. But this is where the momentum stopped.First OSB panel ready to be screwed
I had to borrow a hammer drill for the tapcon screws from my neighbor. I got it setup and started the first pilot hole. Holy crap, I think my teeth are still chattering. After the pilot hole was drilled, I tried using my regular drill to drive the screw. Once the screw hit resistance near the bottom, it shredded the bit off and stopped about 1/4" short. Awesome.Give me that bit
So I read the directions (imagine that) and it actually recommends using the hammer drill to drive the screw. On to attempt number 2. P-p-p-p-p-p-i-i-i-ii-l-l-l-l-l-o-o-o-o-t-t-t-t-t h-h-h-h-o-o-o-o-l-l-l-e-e-e-e d-d-d-r-r-r-i-i-i-l-l-l-l-l-e-e-e-d-d. I swap out the bit to the driver (something I was trying to avoid doing many times) and drive the second screw. Almost to the bottom and then SNAP. Snapped the screw about halfway. Awesome.Don't know my own strength
I called Drilltex Tapcon and spoke with a very nice lady. We determined that the 30 year old concrete was probably harder than newish concrete. She suggested using shorter screws and drilling the pilot hole deeper than the 1/4" extra they suggest in the instructions. So I head to Lowes and swap the ones I had with the suggested ones. Of course they didn't have the 2 1/4" ones, which is why I bought the longer ones in the first place, because I mean what can go wrong with longer, right? So I went with the 1 3/4" ones. Tapcon recommends at least an inch of grab into the cement, and I know this is short of that by 1/4", but I felt the ease at putting them in outweighs the extra couple hundred pounds of hold that were probably unnecessary.
Alright, back at home to try this again. Decided to drill a few pilot holes at a time, instead of switching for each hole. One pilot hole...no problem. Two pilot holes...hmmmm...was that smoke?...what's that smell? That smell is a burnt up motor in my neighbor's hammer drill. Awesome.R.I.P.
I decided to complete some "honey-do" tasks the wife had for me to boost my confidence. The floor just didn't want to work with me today. I did pick up a new hammer drill from Harbor Freight on the way to work, along with a $5 service plan that covers burnt up motors. I don't care if I go through 5 motors, if they will keep giving me new drills. Hopefully my neighbor is cool with the replacement. He's a pretty cool dood and he has at least one other hammer drill that I know of, so we'll see.