Where sheet vinyl flooring is being laid around unusually shaped obstacles, such as washbasin pedestals and piping the best way of obtaining an accurate fit is to make a template of the obstacle so that its shape can be transferred on to the vinyl.
Tape together sheets of paper and cut them roughly to the outline of the room and the obstacle.
Tape the template to the floor, and use a block of wood and a pencil or a pair of compasses) to draw a line on the template parallel with the outline of the obstacle.
Next, transfer the template to the vinyl, and use the same block of wood or compass setting to scribe lines back on to the vinyl itself.
These lines will accurately represent the shape of the room and the obstacle.
Cut along them and remove the waste, then stick down edges and seams as before a shape tracer, which incorporates a series of adjustable plastic or metal fingers can also be used to transfer the shapes of obstacles to the vinyl.
To make a cutting template for a room full of obstacles, such as a bathroom, tape sheets of paper together with their edges about 2 inches from the room walls all around.
Tear in from the edges to fit the template around the obstacles, ready for the outline of the room and the obstacles to be scribed on to the template with a block of wood and a pencil.
Use a small block of wood and a pencil to scribe the wall outline on to the paper template laid on the floor.
Tape the template over the sheet vinyl and use the same block with a pencil to scribe a copy of the room outline back on to the vinyl.
Use the same scribing technique to transfer the outline of obstacles such as washbasin pedestals on to the paper template.
Repeat step 2 to scribe the outline of the obstacle on to the vinyl. FIX the pencil to the block With tape or a rubber band if that makes it easier to use.
Use a sharp utility knife to cut carefully around the outline of the obstacle. Make a cut into the waste area, test the cut-out for fit, and trim it slightly if necessary.
To make cut-outs around pipes, use a slim block and a pencil to scribe the pipe position on to the template as four lines at right angles to each other.
Place the template over the vinyl at the pipe position, and use the same block and pencil to mark the cut-out on the vinyl as a small square.
Use compasses or a pipe off cut to draw a circle inside the square, then cut around the circle and into the waste area from the edge.
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