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How to Install Laminate Floors in Your Home - Do It Yourself

Laminate flooring has the same great look as wood flooring and installation is easy with an array of styles and colors. For this project you will need laminate flooring, a jigsaw, a circular saw, miter saw, spacers, weights, a tapping block, dead blow hammer, pull bar, a tape measure, a pencil, a utility knife, a level, wood glue, silicone sealant and transitions/moldings. Before you begin your laminate flooring installation, learn how to prep a concrete subfloor here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF0iG3Tv1Yw or a plywood subfloor here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4a985yCNuw Laminate floors are often called floating floors because they aren't connected to the subfloor. The laminate flooring we are using has its own underlayment on the back for easy installation. Our subfloor does not require a moisture barrier either, but be sure to read the manufacturer instructions on how to lay both (underlayment or barrier) if not included. Laminate flooring can go on top of ceramic, vinyl, concrete or plywood, just make sure you have a level and sturdy subfloor. Before you start, move the flooring into the room you are installing it in at least 72 hours beforehand so it can acclimate to the room's temperature. To begin, select your first pieces of laminate that will go against the wall. We will want the tongue side towards the wall and the groove toward the room. For all pieces that will go against the wall, cut the tongues off. Use spacers to maintain a gap along the sides of the wall for your transitions and moldings at the end of the project. Start connecting the pieces of laminate together snapping the tongues to the grooves. Cut and connect the pieces until you get to the last row staggering the joints. Be sure to apply weights to the already joined pieces so that your laminate stays in place. Obstructions will require you to use a jig saw, so cut to fit. If you are applying this flooring around a toilet or tub, make sure to apply a sealant around the base to form a water tight seal. For the last row, measure the gap, including the ?'' spacer and cut to fit. Use the pull bar and hammer to insert the last piece. Finally add any transitions and moldings, making sure you are nailing them into the wall, and not the flooring and you're done. Subscribe to Lowe's YouTube for great how to videos and home improvement tips: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=lowes Or head to our channel: http://www.youtube.com/Lowes
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