How to Lay a Floating Floor – This Old House

How to Lay a Floating Floor - This Old House

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares tips and techniques for installing a floating floor. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)

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Shopping List for How to Lay a Floating Floor:
– floating floor, snap-together, tongue-and-groove floor planks
– foam pad, used under flooring as a moisture barrier and to provide cushioning Spacer blocks, maintains expansion space between flooring and walls or baseboard trim
– shoe molding, used to conceal the expansion space around the perimeter of the floor

Tools for How to Lay a Floating Floor:
– utility knife, used to cut foam pad to size
– hammer tacker and 3/8-inch staples, for stapling foam pad to wood subfloor
– dead-blow hammer and tapping block, used to tap together flooring planks
– jamb saw, for trimming door casings and jambs
– scribe tool, used to scribe planks to fit around doorways and obstructions
– jgsaw, for cutting planks to size
– pull bar, used with hammer to pull planks into position

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  1. Love laminate flooring! I used to hate it but now the stuff is so sweet to work with!
    ( accept the ultra fine saw dust) 12mm or 10mm just fly in…The weight of them just folds it right in…Don't know what he planed for that closet because it looked like an after thought…

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