Thursday, May 3, 2018

Floor Shopping

While I was at College Coffeehouse this morning (Wednesday), it really started to snow. By the time I left, the rig and the parking lot was completely covered. Maybe I should've taken a picture then. Anyway, my next stop was Lowes and Home Depot to get some flooring samples. I'm looking for vinyl plank flooring with panels that stick together as opposed to the seemingly more common "click joint" or glue to the floor versions. This type would be cheaper, thinner and lighter. All good features for a seventeen-year-old RV.

I found what I was looking for at Home Depot. It looks like their house brand flooring will work and at $1.89 ft2, the price seems reasonable. The local store only carries a handful of choices and, contrary to their sign of 5-day shipping on special orders, the sales clerk said that four to six weeks is more common. I didn't find anything similar at Lowes. The area that I'm working with is only 125 ft2. Not a lot.

Last week, I noticed that someone set up a Nenana-style tripod on the ice on Ballaine Lake. I was usually in the wrong lane to turn into the turnout but I needed a test ride. This seemed like a reasonable turn around spot. With yesterday and today's snowfall, the engine would start running really rich so I assumed that the air filter needed cleaning. It wasn't that dirty or wet but the engine barely ran when I pulled into the garage. After removing the air cleaner element, it ran great so I'm assuming that was the problem. I went ahead and cleaned and re-oiled the K and N filter element then took the test ride. Since it was mostly clear and sort of sunny, no problem...

6 comments:

redlegsrides said...

Have had same issue with air filter RichardM, looked ok but apparently it contained frozen water from riding in a snow storm...replaced, all was well.

Lynne Goebeler said...

I hope that HD can get you the flooring to meet your timeframes! The Joy's of living in Alaska, eh?

RichardM said...

I really need to start working on a snorkel to keep rain and snow out of the air filter...

RichardM said...

They have a bunch of what we are looking for in Anchorage. So maybe two weeks...

Trobairitz said...

Still getting snow? Sad Panda

The boss put vinyl plank flooring in the office downtown after the flooding - I think you've been in there since then. It had the highest rating for waterproofing of all the flooring. We were all pretty pleased with it.

RichardM said...

Hopefully that’s the last of the snow for a while.

The vinyl plank flooring is supposed to be pretty waterproof and I’m sure it’ll look better than the carpeting.