Synchronicity and Ceiling Tiles

Before

Before

Edit: After only three days, some of the tiles are coming unstuck. Seems the temperature changes (or western Oregon humidity) is a factor. On the tiles that are coming unstuck, I’ve been adding an additional strip of tape (total of three) to support the middle. If you decide to do something similar, be sure to get tape that will hold at least 20 lbs. I’ll update this as further developments arise.

Further Edit: Even with the stronger tape, some of the tiles still come loose (though none have fallen off). What I do then, is use good old Elmer’s glue and squirt it in the gap, then press the tiles back up. That seems to do the job(?).

PORTLAND, OR—I am a very lucky man. A little more than a week ago, I had picked up some vinyl flooring tiles to use to cover the raw insulation that made up the ceiling of my van. My thought was to just peel the back off and stick them up there, but as a test, I only stuck on a single tile. The tile didn’t even make the return trip to Mt. Hood before it fell off.

So, while back in Portland to get the parts I had been waiting for installed on the van, I was going to return the tiles and figure something else out. On the day of my Nissan appointment—yesterday—I saw this post of a blogger I follow and in it she mentions this 3M super tape and the light went off and I didn’t return the tile but bought some of this tape and I think it’s going to work.

I stuck the tape on the fore and aft edges of each tile and they stick seriously solid. I used the 5 lb. tape I found in Office Max, but Home Depot and Lowe’s carry it in 10 and 20 lb. versions also.

Anyway, the synchronicity, the luck, the this-is-one-of-those-mini-miracles I regularly experience is that the same day I needed it (I was going to return the tile), the answer mysteriously appeared.

Nothing earth-shattering, no seas parted or anything like that, but it is just another example of ongoing, odds-defying, beneficial coincidences that so regularly make up my life.

I am a very lucky man. Example after example after example.

The less there is of me, the more there is of Her.

Nothing stands in the way of luckifying your life either… well, other than “you.”

After-ish (still need to trim out)

After-ish (still need to trim out)

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6 thoughts on “Synchronicity and Ceiling Tiles

    • Hi Christine, welcome to the blog.

      Yes the tape worked out well, making it easy to cover the big “R-Max” lettering that I’ve been pondering how to cover for the last 10 months.

      Another possibility would be to use those Allure vinyl simulated wood flooring planks as their weight should be only a little more than standard vinyl tiles. Probably look better too as the seams would are less visible.

      The leaf pattern on the walls is nothing more than three floor mats that I found at Target (more flooring stuff!).

  1. With Maddie. It does resonate with one of my aphorisms “You don’t have to be good to be enlightened.” Turning that around: “Being enlightened doesn’t mean you become perfect.”

    • There is a touch of what has come to be known as ‘cartoon modern’, about it. To be fair, it is appropriate – white leather might not suit quite so well 🙂

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