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Next up: fill the recesses in the plywood to prepare a smooth surface for the sheet vinyl flooring…
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Searching for something to fill the gaps between sheets of plywood and the countersunk screws. Googling suggested this DAP product. I have to say, nope.

I was unable to spatula the stuff into the countersunk screws indentations. It kept lifting out. It was too gritty — more akin to stuff you patch stucco with. I tossed it.

Bondo came up from time to time when I googled. (Though there was the one blog I laughed at the title, "Bondo is Never the answer!")

I did go with Bondo. I decided to try the Bondo with fiberglas (I thought it might be more flexible). In the end, it worked, but I'm thinking now that it's not the answer.
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I spread the Bondo with a spatula (paint scraper? whatever they're called). It sets up so fast I could only get a portion done. I must have mixed up 6 or 7 batches in order to complete the floor.

That evening — sanded. Even with 80 grit sandpaper it would quickly form little clumps on the sanding disc and sanding would become less efficient. I used perhaps a half a dozen or more discs.

In the end though, as I said, it came out okay.
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I like it. I am beginning to contemplate my floor, so this is very timely.
My current thinking was to fill in the corrugations with insulation, add 1/2" hard insulation on that, bolt L-channel to the van floor on top, fill in with 3/8" ply and add final floor to run flush with the 1/2" deep L-channel.

The L-channel is then used to bolt cabinets, framing and such to. The downside to this approach, and where your's shines, is a place for moisture to get down beside the L-channel and perhaps unintentional visibility.

So my question, and the obvious answer is yes, do you believe bolting to the walls and screwing to the batons is sufficient strength? It does have advantages over the approach I was going to take.

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So my question, and the obvious answer is yes, do you believe bolting to the walls and screwing to the batons is sufficient strength?
Your guess is as good as mine — I'm making this up as I go. ;-)

But I will say, with the ˝" Baltic Birch, that is plenty good to anchor to. But ˝" is not much meat (3/8" even less). So I feel the battens give you another inch of holding strength when cabinets are screwed down from above to the floor. To be sure though, the battens are a soft wood. But also the battens are bolted through to the van itself and also serve to keep the plywood from launching upward when I hit a speed bump.
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The finished subfloor.
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With several weeks now spent getting the floor to this point, I expect the last step, vinyl sheeting, to wrap up in a weekend.

I ordered several vinyl samples that looked promising from Home Despot. Then from the samples ended up ordering about a 6' x 12' sheet — a simple grey pattern.

I flipped the vinyl sheet face down and laid the three chipboard patterns I had made earlier (patterns for the plywood) end to end.

Leaving about 3/4" margin all around, I used a Sharpie to indicate where to cut. With a decent pair of scissors I cut the vinyl out.

Tomorrow I will attempt to affix it in the van…
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The finished subfloor.
If you could arrange a banked surface running up the edges you could host a Roller Derby in there.

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If you could arrange a banked surface running up the edges you could host a Roller Derby in there.
Yeah, heard from both wife and daughter: "Why not just leave it as wood?"
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Laid the vinyl north/south in the van. I carefully positioned it where I wanted it to end up and then carefully folded back the driver-side flooring over on top of the passenger-side flooring.

Chose Roberts 2310 floor adhesive. I have never put down vinyl flooring before so had to research and experiment with it. The directions on the side assume you are a "floor guy" and so left me with a lot of questions.

I tested it with small pieces of scrap plywood and pieces of scrap vinyl I had left over. It appears that after troweling the adhesive on the plywood you have to let it set up for a bit before dropping the vinyl sheeting down on top of it. The internet consensus seems to be that when touched the adhesive should be tacky but not transfer wet to your skin. With the heat and low humidity here I found that a minimum of about 20 minutes was required.

Since it took me a non-zero amount of time to apply the adhesive, I decided to lay the vinyl down 20 minutes after finishing troweling. This would mean that the part I had started first would be past 20 minutes ... but hopefully not too far gone.
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