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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

How to Use a Tapping Block on Laminate

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My old grandmother used to say ‘anything mechanical, give it a good bashing’. – Capt. Colin Maud, The Longest Day – Most folks who’ve done construction have had to hammer something in place without denting or damaging the surface. Typically you will hold a block of scrap lumber against the offending surface, and vigorously pound it with a hammer until something gives and it slides into place. When installing a ‘click together’ laminate or vinyl floor, you have to persuade long planks to sit tight against each other, but the available edges for pounding are thin and fragile. The solution […]

Best Uses for Laminate Flooring

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Laminate flooring gives you the look and feel of hardwood in your home without the cleaning and refinishing commitments. It’s wonderful to have in areas where moisture is limited, such as in living rooms, bedrooms, and hallways. It is easy to install, durable, and easier to clean and maintain than most wood floors. Great areas to install laminate Living Rooms Bedrooms Hallways over Ceramic over Vinyl over Concrete over Plywood over Particle Board (subfloor) Places where laminate is NOT a good idea Bathrooms Laundry Rooms Saunas Kitchens Porches Entryways Mudrooms Garages Check out our Vinyl Flooring Guide for these areas Why […]

How to use a Pull Bar on Laminate Flooring

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Ten strong horses could not pull an empty baby carriage if they worked independently of each other. – John Wooden – When installing laminate or Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring, you need to seat the planks with a hammer and tapping block. When you get to a wall at the end of the row, a tapping block just won’t fit, and there isn’t much room to swing a hammer. To get the last row set, the tool to use is a pull bar. Pull bars come in many styles – the cheapest are just a bent piece of sheet metal, while […]

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If you wish a general to be beaten, send him a ream full of instructions; if you wish him to succeed, give him a destination, and bid him conquer. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827 Installation Guides Laminate Flooring: Ultimate Installation Guide Vinyl Flooring: Ultimate Installation Guide

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