Flooring Tips

We finally finished putting in the St James African Mahogany flooring.  It took three days. This isn’t the first time with snap-and-click for Ben, but it is for me.  It could just be the specific flooring I purchased, but I think it should be more appropriately named “Snap, beat with a hammer and block over and over until the pieces actually, Click.”  I ended up unprepared and had to buy an installation kit midway through to make the process easier.  The kit contained 50 spacers so that I didn’t have to make my own spacers with left over pieces of tack board from the carpet removal.  Taking them out once you finish a room is difficult and you may end up breaking some of the pieces to get them out –  we did!  The best thing in the kit however, is the pull bar.  When you’re trying to push the last laminate piece that is closest to the wall, you have no room to push or pull on the edge of it to get it to click into the other piece.  So the pull bar fits into the narrow space between the laminate and the wall and also has a flat end that you can tap with your hammer or mallet.

Measure:

  • Wall perimeters
  • Floor square footage including closets (if you want the flooring to be uniform through closets)

Useful tools:

  • Laminate flooring installation kit
  • Hammers/rubber mallets
  • Thick wood blocks
  • Circular saw
  • Ear plugs
  • Safety glasses
  • Knee pads or the foam pads you sit on when gardening

Buy:

  • Your choice of flooring
  • Quarter Rounds to hide the 1/4 inch gaps between the laminate and the walls
  • Baseboard along the bottom of the walls
  • The baseboard combined with the quarter round looks like this:

 

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