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Old 11-25-13, 03:24 PM   #26
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do i need to remove all the staples in the subflooor that once held down the carpet padding?
Yup, and plan on missing many. Keep the tools you use to remove the staples handy. You'll find your self saying "But I thought I got them all" over and over.
You want a flat as possible surface to put the floor on.
And use an laminate underlayment pad, it will make the floor much quieter.
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Old 11-25-13, 03:52 PM   #27
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cool got underlayment coming and the flooring and staires
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Old 11-25-13, 03:57 PM   #28
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Vacuum the floor before laying anything down to pick up the staples and dust. You'll find any staples you missed when you kneel on them.
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Old 11-25-13, 10:21 PM   #29
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any more tips?looks like my trainer is flaking out so im doing it my self
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Old 11-26-13, 09:15 AM   #30
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any more tips?looks like my trainer is flaking out so im doing it my self
The lesson I got from my handyman was to insert the board at an angle, gently allow it to fall into place. It won't be flush. Take the plastic tapping block and align it on the same plane as the board you're installing. Starting from one end, gently tap the block while slowly sliding it along the edge of the board. If done properly, the board should fall into place. Once it's down, use the butt of the hammer handle to tap the board down at the seam where it joins the board next to it. Depending on the design of the laminate used, it should click into place. If there's a gap, pull it up and try again. My handyman recommended not wearing shoes, only socks, to make it easier to feel if there are gaps between the boards. If installed correctly, it should feel like one solid piece when sliding your foot across the boards (depending on board design, of course). You might also want to invest in knee pads.

Open three boxes of the laminate and pull one board from each box, so as to randomize any color differentials. I paid attention to the pattern on each board to make sure that I didn't put two identical boards next to each other or end-to-end with each other.

I used the Roberts Laminate and Floating Wood Flooring Installation Kit from Home Depot, but never used the spacers. The tapping block and pulling bar were great.

Also, read all instructions. It helped me immensely.
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takeing up the carpet and puting down some laminate flooring .hireing a guy to teach me how to do it
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ty for the advice i need al the help i can get
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