Install Your Vinyl Plank Flooring

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Layout It’s usually best to install the floor with the long side of the panels parallel to the longest wall in the room. The exception to this is what is known as long-lighting: if you have large glass doors or windows shining into the largest room you are installing the vinyl in you may want to run the flooring parallel with the longest light source of the day (setting/rising sun). With the layout direction in mind, you now have two walls of your room which are options for starting your installation. It is best to install starting from the wall further […]

Luxury Vinyl Tools and Supplies

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What you need to install a luxury vinyl floor With many styles of luxury vinyl on the market to choose from, installation has become a beginner level DIY project.  It’s easy to cut, easy to install, and offers many benefits other products can’t. One of the beauties of this new flooring is that you don’t need many specialty tools. However, some specialty tools are available if you’re more interested in saving time than keeping costs to a minimum. Here is some recommended gear: Tape Measure Pencils Vinyl Flooring (How Much do You Need?) Trim and Moldings (if you are not reusing old […]

Prepare to Install Your Flooring

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Victorious warriors win first, then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first, then seek to win. – The Art of War, Sun Tzu – Get your Flooring Ready If your flooring was delivered, make sure you received what you actually ordered. Read the instructions in the box over carefully to know if there are special instructions for your product. Sticking to manufacturer guidelines is also critical to not voiding the warranty. Oh, and definitely save your receipts. You can even attach them to one of the labels from the end of a box.  Stores usually let you return unopened […]

Luxury Vinyl Buyer’s Guide

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Looking for inexpensive, easy-to-install flooring? Look no further than Luxury Vinyl.  This flooring has come a long way, with surprisingly realistic tile or wood looks.  It’s extremely durable and especially good at fending off wear, dents, scratches, and stains.  Plus it’s water-resistant – or even waterproof – without any special installation. Another advantage to vinyl – it can often install over old floors – with the exception of carpet – as long as the surface is smooth.  Major inconsistencies in underlying floors will show through, but vinyl is more forgiving than many floors.  If changes in the floor vary less than an 1/8” over a […]

Laminate Flooring Tools and Supplies

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We become what we behold. We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us. ― Marshall McLuhan – What you need to install a laminate floor Laminate flooring is considered a beginner level DIY project, but there may be some tools needed that you don’t have in the garage. Here is the required gear: Tape Measure and Pencils Laminate Flooring (How Much do You Need?) Underlayment Flooring Cutter – such as a PFC or a miter saw Transition strips Trim and moldings (If you are not reusing old trim) While preparing, consider whether you’ll need any special tools.  Are there door […]

Laminate Flooring Installation Guide

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Layout It’s usually best to install the floor with the long side of the panels parallel to the longest wall in the room. The exception to this is what is known as long-lighting: if you have large glass doors or windows shining into the largest room you are installing the laminate in you may want to run the flooring parallel with the longest light source of the day (setting/rising sun). With the layout direction in mind, you now have two walls of your room which are options for starting your installation. It is best to install starting from the wall further […]

Shear or Saw?

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Give us the tools, and we will finish the job. ― Sir Winston Churchill – Having the right tools for the job can save you hours of time, not to mention costly mistakes. But as a DIYer, that perfect tool can often become the most expensive part of a project. This stands true when installing laminate and vinyl flooring. To achieve a smooth, professional quality cut you need a table or mitre saw, easily costing hundreds of dollars. Plus laminate flooring can chip easily if not cut correctly, and vinyl can have jagged edges. Enter Weekend Warrior’s Plank Flooring Cutter. The PFC […]

Laminate Flooring Buyer’s Guide

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Sweat more in practice, bleed less in war.  – Spartan Warrior Credo – Installing laminate flooring in your home offers the look of real wood with easy installation, low cost, and better scratch and stain resistance.  However, the huge variety of brands and styles available is overwhelming, even for folks who have installed laminate before. There are several key specifications of your floor (beyond the color and pattern) that are important to consider. How long will laminate last? Most laminate flooring comes with a warranty between 10 and 25 years.  Take a look at the space in which you will […]