Archive for June, 2012

Penny Floors and More

Four hundred and eighty thousand (480,000) pennies are embedded in the floor of Standard Grill’s main dining on Washington Street in New York City. SCI recently posted a photo we shared from another Facebook page, one of a penny floor being installed on top of concrete. The post went viral and reached 21,614. It also ignited dozens of comments and messages about installation and durability. We promised followers we’d do the research and share the details on our blog.

When we discovered Standard Grill had a penny floor, we knew durability wasn’t an issue since it’s a heavily trafficked 285-seat restaurant. However, the key to durability is proper installation. Because we’ve never installed coins on any surface, we’re sharing tips from do-it-yourselfers who have. We hope you’ll find the links helpful, and also do your own research and ask at your local home improvement store about best options for gluing and sealing.

Brian and Laura at Happyroost blog shared simple instructions, and also interesting penny facts about their floor. Although we recommend using stronger glue than Elmers, it sounds like it worked just fine in their bathroom. They spent about $100 putting down 10,000 pennies including 23 Canadian pennies and19 wheat pennies. For an extra decorating touch, interesting facts could be written in calligraphy and framed to hang in the penny-floored room.

The Chamberlains shared their nickel floor do-it-yourself project on popular Apartment Therapy. The couple attached 13,650 nickels to mesh backing with Weldbond. You can find the all-purpose glue at most craft and hardware stores.

We also found detailed instructions for installing a penny countertop.

Keep in mind that paying someone to do such labor intensive work is no way to pinch pennies, however, if you’d like to talk over the possibilities, call us at 843-421-9255 and we’ll make sure it’s done right. At SCI, the Quality of our work improves the Quality of your life.




June 23rd, 2012  in Improving Your Space and Place Comments Off

PEX for Plumbing

PEX or cross-linked polyethylene is a piping system that has been around the United States since the 80’s. However, it’s just now gaining popularity because of its reliability and other advantages over metal pipe like copper and rigid plastic pipe like PVC. PEX makes it easy to plumb new construction, as well as replace old pipes in existing structures.


  1. PEX is flexible plastic tubing; therefore, it bends around corners for easy replacement/installation.
  2. Durability and low maintenance makes PEX a more appealing choice since it doesn’t corrode like copper or split at the joints and burst during freezing temperatures like PVC. Instead, PEX stretches so no more broken pipes.
  3. Pricing is reasonable. PEX’s cost is comparable to PVC and a good bit less than copper.
  4. Installation is also reasonable because PEX requires no soldering or gluing. Instead it’s quick and easy to fasten together by crimping the rings at each end.


  1. Installation requires special tools that add to the cost when the project is DIY.
  2. Deterioration and splitting may occur if PEX is regularly exposed to sunlight.

For more information, or if you have questions, call SCI – Southern Coast Improvements at 843-421-9255.

June 5th, 2012  in Tips and Tricks of the Trade Comments Off