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Old 02-17-2018, 09:25 AM   #1
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I have not been pleased with these builder boards that roll up.
I think Im going back to Masonite.

Question,. Is there an aggressive enough tape that could hold up as a hinge. I would do both sides of course
I want to fold the sheets up for more convenient storage
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Old 02-17-2018, 09:37 AM   #2
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What have you not liked? We use Ram Board on most of our projects.

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I can't say I know from first-hand experience but my buddy uses it and he was complaining about it. It looked pretty beat up on his jobs it did not look like something that you going to get a lot of reuse out of.
So my attitude is a little bit of a knee-jerk one.

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I would agree. You're not going to use it on a 4 week long project and then roll it up and use it again. We save the pieces that are in good shape. Amazon sells the 38" x 100' rolls for $54 and it shows up at your door step, kinda nice.

When we are doing a kitchen or bath renovation for example, we use this to make a walkway from our point of entry into the house all the way to the work area. Sometimes those pieces are reusable unlike the ones that are more in the work zone.
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Do you have to fight the curl?
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Ramboard is an expendable. It's relatively cheap, customer pays anyway. I save a few pieces as throwdowns, but don't want to try and store a house or room worth.

Get Ramboard, don't even try to use the Trimaco stuff. That crap just keeps rolling back up. Tape won't hold it down and it refills up faster than you can roll it out. Not sure if they ever even tested it before putting it on the market. It took 2 hours to cover one small room after fighting it. Ramboard takes about 10 minutes for the same room.

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We use a lot of ramboard on the roll and I never really feel like we have a problem with curl. If you did, you could use the pre-creases (around 4" in) to stiffen it. We've completely stopped taping anything to finished floors, as we had an expensive ****up recently. Once a job is done, the ramboard is tossed.

If we need more floor protection, thermo-ply red is good. (That's their mid-thickness... and truthfully, I'm not sure why we don't use the slightly lighter green... maybe our yard doesn't stock it...) Depending on condition, we might carry a few sheets of this from job to job.

As an aside, I find it hilarious that someone thinks cladding a building in waxed 0.113" cardboard is a good idea, but hey -- I don't write the regs.
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I worry about heavy deliveries like a cast iron tub coming through a front door on a tile foyer
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I worry about heavy deliveries like a cast iron tub coming through a front door on a tile foyer
(a) you should open the door first, and

(b) 1/2" OSB is good insurance for scary tile breakage
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As stated before use ram board, off brands just don't work the same, I use 1/2 CDX if I'm trying to protect carpet, or tile floors, I can use CDX plywood later and it's stores nice

I may keep some pieces of ram board but usually the longer pieces, and if there not as dirty, most of the other get thrown out...
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It's probably worth keeping around to try. Heavier plywood is the ultimate security but I'm still keeping the Masonite around it will lay flat
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I recently used ramboard for the first time for the entire main floor of a house. A remodel job that took 3 weeks.

I taped the edges down with blue paint tape on mostly hardwood floor. In several spots I had it curling up. It was pretty annoying. Granted I didn't roll it backwards to decrease the curl first. Apparently a good way is to stick your paint tape on the floor first around the perimeter, and then tape the board down to this with a stronger tape.

I just threw it out after the job. I didn't see the point in trying to salvage any of it.

All in all it stood up fine to the beating I put it through, but I wasn't completely impressed.

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Question,. Is there an aggressive enough tape that could hold up as a hinge. I would do both sides of course
I want to fold the sheets up for more convenient storage
Duct tape of course...


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I worry about heavy deliveries like a cast iron tub coming through a front door on a tile foyer
In those situations, floor mats underneath...

https://www.harborfreight.com/4-piec...set-94635.html

Inexpensive (set of 4 for $8.99), 1/2" thick, 2' x 2', quick easy assemble... you can also use them as the surface to tape the top layer to if finished floors are an issue...


For long-term flooring protection, we use ram-board with floor mats where applicable, and at the entry and inside the door, roll out entrance mats...

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We always flip the ram board over, it lays flat that way. We don't tape it to the floor and it stays in place.
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I'll use it for myself, but still don't trust it too much for others. It can invite more abuse than it's intended for. Once had painters screw up a floor since one of the sprayers foot bumpers was worn through. They tried to deny it, of course.
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Do you have to fight the curl?
At times yes. You can back roll the ends or even just back fold and crease and it will lay out. Especially over time it lays completely flat.
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We always flip the ram board over, it lays flat that way. We don't tape it to the floor and it stays in place.
This is how I do it, curl down, tape edges together with Ram Board tape. I don't tape to the floor.

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If you tape to hardwood floor, it has a good potential of pulling the finish off. Ask me how I know...

In a bathroom we like to tile the floor and grout it then cover with Ramboard taped down about 6" in from the perimeter. This allows us to set cabinets and trim and such. Then when we get to the painting phase we paper mask from the trim out to the Ramboard and tape it down and you're good to go. End of the job, pull it all and you have a pristine floor.
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If you tape to hardwood floor, it has a good potential of pulling the finish off. Ask me how I know...

In a bathroom we like to tile the floor and grout it then cover with Ramboard taped down about 6" in from the perimeter. This allows us to set cabinets and trim and such. Then when we get to the painting phase we paper mask from the trim out to the Ramboard and tape it down and you're good to go. End of the job, pull it all and you have a pristine floor.
We use the wider yellow sensitive tape from 3M. Works great!

And I too have been there done that.

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We use the wider yellow sensitive tape from 3M. Works great!

And I too have been there done that.

We use Surface Shields Builder Board.
Are you able to leave the yellow tape down for several weeks without issue? Do you just pull it up or do you ever have to do the heat gun trick?

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