10 January 2013
At long last another update. We’ve moved in just over a year ago but still have quite a bit of work to do.
I am currently working on my office so that I can actually move into it. For the last few days I have been installing the wooden floor and thought I share some pictures of some yesteryear’s tools I was lucky enough to find on ebay.
You might recall how we used clamps to push the floor boards together in the other rooms. This time I am using old floorboard tensioners that I found online. When I got them initially they were quite corroded and some didn’t want to move any longer. See the image below for one of the untreated ones that still moves. You can see how it’s quite corroded.
It didn’t actually take a lot of work to to get the ones that didn’t want to move any more to move. Just sprayed lots of CRC on to them and they are not moving nice as. CRC has removed most of the corrosion as you can see in the picture below of a treated tensioner. This tensioner was corroded worse then the one above.
These tensioners are quite nice to work with considering their age and condition. The teeth on the bottom (see picture below) are spring loaded and grip the slat under floor board which then lets you push against the floor boards by working the long handle.
I managed to get 5 of these tensioners for $60. The seller was actually disappointed as he thought they would sell for way more as an antique on ebay. Didn’t actually think anyone in their right mind would actually use them… But hey, who says I am in my right mind 🙂