- utility knife [with new blade]
- speed square
- straight edge
- tape measure
- heavy duty pliers [i misused my lineman electrical pliers..]
- dremel or other fine sanding tool
- tracing paper
- unending patience and a will to finish
protip:learn from my mistakes: the utility knife will only score the clear portion of the plank. and maaaaybe a little of the "wood" portion. but there is no way in hell it will ever cut through all of the rubber underneath, unless you are an entire brute squad.
for difficult things like... pipe penetrations. make a game plan. how will the planks fit together? how can i make a hole? where does the hole need to be? should i have hired a professional? do i have an idea what in god's name i'm actually doing?
protip:learn from my mistakes: bash that shit out with a screwdriver [or a utility knife], and vacuum up any loose bits.
measure how wide the plank needs to be, and which side will snap into the existing edge. make doubly sure you have the plank oriented the correct way. check a third time. not even kidding. score the edge with the utility knife, making sure you are the proper distance away from the edge. since there isn't enough edge to bash off with your fists of fury, use pliers to bend short lengths off the plank.
shove the plank in place, realize it is out of place in a very conspicuous end and you can't easily remove the plank again, swear loudly. carefully pry up the plank with a screwdriver, and re-place the plank.
escutcheons cover a multitude of sins.
repeat process for radiator pipe. i used a shot glass to outline where the pipe would be. i should have also taken multiple whiskey shots out of said glass, as this part was a complete cf.
protip:learn from my mistakes: again, measure everything thrice, and before you bash everything in place, check if it is easily removable again. in case you've bungled it.
repeat all above steps as necessary.