DIY Laminate or Vinyl Flooring A to Z



hey welcome to home renovation DIY we are a YouTube channel that specializes in helping homeowners do renovations at home but get professional results so stay with us for this ride where today we're talking click laminate flooring we're going to teach you all the tips and tricks and secrets so you can have a quick clean fast professional result that'll last a long time so before we talk about our product today let me just encourage you real quick if you haven't subscribed to the channel we got a lot of great information on here to help folks out just like you so today is click laminate flooring and the reason we're doing this video because we've done a laminate floor installation is I think this is the most popular DIY product on the market there's a lot of people who can install this with minimal amount of tools experience and understanding so we're gonna go through the benefits of why this is such a good product first of all it's easy to install this product just fits into the grooves the ends drop lock on top or the other piece beside it and as a result as long as you stagger your joints properly you're gonna get a nice tight fit without any that corner sticking up and you can do it yourself about half the time has the kind of floor where you gotta hit them hit the boards and lock them together ok so this is a great DIY project you can do in the average bedroom in about 3 or 4 hours if you have a helper with you okay probably take the whole day to install the whole floor cut your doors and saw your trims but it's a one-day you got a brand new room so this is why this project is popular now this particular floor is a twelve millimeter floor so it is a decent quality it comes with the under pad already attached to the back and that takes a whole step out of the project so before we get started on the flooring let's talk preparation okay so preparation for doing a new flooring job of course is you have to get your existing subfloor in the condition where you're ready to put your new flooring down that means it has to be tight you don't want it moving around this is really old flooring this is one and a half inch soft lumber and it's nailed through the tongue and groove into the joists which are on 16 inch on center you can see all the joints are for the flooring that helps to identify where the boards are underneath and the simplest way to do this really you just go around walking and have somebody observe if the boards are moving and if they're moving then what you want to do is line up on the joist line and just have some surface screws down in there and tighten it all up okay once you've gone through and got your floor nice and tight keep your drilling screws handy in case you find something along the way but that's about all you need to do to prep your floor if you have existing flooring on there in the room then I always suggest before you put laminate floor down remove the old flooring because you don't have the ability to inspect your subfloor and that's important if you have holes or you have squeaky points or you have things that are moving around you want to get that dealt with early because once you put your new laminate floor on if it's moving around too much you're gonna break the joints and it's not gonna last very long the other thing you want to do before you get started is make sure you sweep and vacuum your room when you have tongue and groove joints like this that are over a hundred year old you want to actually vacuum out each one of these gaps because we're gonna create an area here where as you step on a floating floor there will be some air movement underneath the floor and that'll encourage dirt to blow around so if you can get it all now you won't get crunching later and yes you just remember you laminate floor can go on concrete just make sure you use a vapor barrier as a part of your under pad and you can always talk to your floor supplier how about getting that product okay so let's just talk about laminate product itself real quick it comes in a variety of different thicknesses that are available in a variety of widths I like to have about a four inch board find the bigger ones and a lot of floors there's just too much movement and it can't follow the contour enough without having hollow spots underneath so that's my own personal preference this particular floor has got like a hand scraped texture some of them have a wood grain texture some of them have no texture at all they're shiny there's flat there's a variety of differences some of this product is even good for wet areas so make sure if you're doing it in a bathroom or a laundry area check the product make sure it's made for that area the reason I like laminate instead of vinyl is really it comes down to cost this is the most cost effective flooring on the market if you're looking for a quick solution to brighten up a room or to clean up a space this is the way to go if you have any kind of budget at all this product I actually got a bit of a deal on it was end of inventory there's a dollar six to nine square foot and has the under pad already attached so I have nothing else that I need on this project Wade installs is just boom drop it together and it's it's snug together it has a tongue and it has a groove and the boards will continue to install in like met fashion you just line it up snap it together done that's the installation procedure so you just do that a few hundred times in the room is finished right so what we're gonna do now is well show you how to lay it out because I get questions like this a lot which direction should I go do I go in the long wall the short wall do I start at the door or the other side of the room and the answer is simple I prefer to start on the longest wall that you can start on because the the grain of this long board on a long wall aesthetically is pleasing now in this situation the room is a little bit more square so we're going to go in the same direction as the existing boards are now and that'll help it to follow the contour of the of this old house that's here as well how it also gives us the ability to come to the entrance door in a situation where my door is going to be here and these boards will finish up into that space that's a lot easier way to finish at a door if you come this way then your cut has got to be exactly perfect cutting into the jamb and around the baseboard it's quite intricate but if you come at it this way into your door you'll find that you only have one cut on each side of the door makes the installation really quick and simple okay so this is gonna be kind of how to install flooring for beginners first if you don't do this on a regular basis and you haven't got good callus on your knees get yourself some knee pads okay these are really nice they're soft they don't have any hard cover on them you're not rolling off all the time just make sure you're always sitting up nice and tall the elastic straps that hold this on really tend to pinch if you're sitting down on your feet a lot so try to avoid doing that next remember there's two ends there's one that's got just a square end here that it's designed us to drop on top of the lock and there's the one here that's got the extension on the board and because you want to install a floating floor with room to expand and contract you've got to be careful because if you put this right up against your baseboard you've already got a gap alright so what you want to do is maybe start the flooring on the other end of the room okay and what I'm gonna do is I'm going to show you a technique where we're gonna build the first few rows and then we're going to pull it off the wall where we want it and then we're going to set a bunch of our wood on top of the floor to keep it from moving around while we build the rest of the room so before we get started we're gonna remember that we want to have these joints moving and changing location on a regular basis when we want to have the gaps the distance between those joints significant enough that there's strength being transferred from one board of the next so that the floor doesn't come apart yeah in order to do that we want to remember that this area here with the tongue is going to be what we call the finished edge the clean edge and we want the cut to be on inside of the board so I'm going to start off by cutting three boards three different areas and yes this is my Roberts cutter it's like a guillotine anybody can use this or like this like this or like this or like this just remember when you're cutting with these tools do it outside the dust is horrible and wear your safety glasses I'll cut one board in half wooden board it will third okay and then one board at 2/3 and this gives me the ability to start four rows at a time and that way when I'm done these first four rows then I can fix the spacing and put those other boards on top okay so once you get started there are basically two design options that you have and I'll just lay them out real quick one is it's a constant step and you go from big board to smaller board oh you see junk like that make sure you blow it out you don't want to have anything in the joint okay smaller board just among the board just smaller board ah blah blah and then the whole process will start all over again alright so your floor is constantly stepping down and that pattern reoccurs over the floor some people like that look personally I think it looks a little bit too intentional and man-made and I'm not a big fan I like to mix it up a little bit I like to the long-short long-short and that's just my preference there's no real right or wrong way now we're gonna show you the installation technique so you put it in the groove you slide it along to help make sure they good contact and then drop it down okay and you'll notice that things aren't gonna sit really snug right away just put some weight on one side and work this pulling it in that direction while you're pushing down and everything gonna sit nice I'm gonna put the next board on until we get some weight on this floor it's gonna want to move around okay so you can use your leg you just do like that and then we'll go short again now we have something we can work with now these first few off cuts oddly enough what I'm gonna do with them is I'm gonna just set them aside until near the end of the job and we'll use these in the last few rows when we get together into the room I just don't like to have them in the way alright so we're at a point now where we're just about ready to get into production we want to finish off our couple rows and we always have our big tongue sitting in front of us okay as you're building and so the way that you're going to measure from here to the wall you should turn the board in the reverse direction set the board up to the wall take a black magic marker and right at the edge of this corner I want you to take off a quarter inch which is basically the extension of the tongue in the first board plus another quarter-inch you want to make that short on purpose here's why that's going to be the gap that second quarter inch gap that's going to be the gap that's there for the floor for a little bit of expansion contraction now generally if your house has conditioned space like air conditioning and heating system there's not a whole lot of expansion and contraction that goes on but if you live in a house where you don't have air conditioning and you get a hot summer then you're gonna see that your floor will have varying degrees of how it fits so remember the hotter and more humid it is the bigger your floor gets so you can make your adjustment based on your condition some people go with a half inch gap around the outside of the room and use a 3/4 inch cord around just because they're in extreme conditions but traditionally a quarter-inch will do the job okay so here we go now there's my off cut all right I don't need that now but I'm gonna use that to start another row over here all right this is how it works so every time you cut a board after you've done your first view and set them aside every board you cut now you put one into one side and you start a row on the other side and that way you don't have anything going in the garbage so again we'll just set that down and we'll grab another board now remember I'm starting tight on the other wall and so when we get the first few rows in most slide it over and close the gap a little bit but for now we just want to get this nice and nice and tight and then we'll pull it across and then drop it down and just giving it a little tap like that will help to manipulate everything in the position here we go again we'll set that against the wall and we'll mark a quarter inch after the base so there's the finished floor there's the end of the rough floor a lot of gap and we'll mark our floor there so here's our little piece so everybody who is wondering is that kind of cutter gonna be able to cut me just a little piece the answer is yes it goes in the same way slide it over and then lay it flat done if you see the edge of the board has any damage break it off and clean it up anything that's got damage like that is it gonna close properly just push it to the corner remember you're gonna be sweeping as you go there we go no much space is shorter than the board so again I turn it around and I measure same way there's my under finished foot on the floor finish board on my gap work it now most flooring when you're clicking it together they call it a click flooring because the flooring actually makes a click sound when it's sitting right so this is gonna be the secret we're gonna see if we can get the microphone out here to pick this up there it is okay here we go there that way everything fits perfect the secret to doing a job like this is be 100% happy with everything you do before you go to the next one if you're not happy with what you've just done take it apart and try to figure out why you're not happy you might find that something is not tight enough there might be some debris in the gap so it's not closing properly but if you keep moving forward there's no way to go back and fix it later so we basically have our first five rows done and before we go any further what I'm gonna do now so we just take this original cutoff piece here we wait back here and get the tech now I'm damaging this board and it's fine I'm gonna treat it like garbage but what I want to make sure is is that they first few rows everything is nice and tighten one of the things about the click lock system it's just cuz it's in doesn't mean it's in perfect they can open up and have a gap right so that's that looks good you hear that click okay so that's down there's a gap now listen that's a click lock okay and when you're doing the first few rows it's hard to get that click sound because things aren't perfectly straight need your first few rows before you straighten it out so what I suggest before you go ahead give everything a little bit of a love tap make sure everything's clicked in nice and tight then you won't be disappointed and your floor won't open up after the fact real quick we better show you how to move your floor into position because remember we want to have a consistent gap on both sides and the back wall now after you do five rows it can be pretty heavy and you might find that the finish on the laminate is too slippery it's got a good grip this is where tape comes in okay literally hold the tape down and hold the edge of the tape and you can pull that floor right off the wall all right now you can also push it but if you try to pull it it might be a little bit difficult for you so use the tape the other thing you can do if you have a board that separates and you need to kick it back into position just put a little bit of tape down and the reason you want this this helps give you a little bit a little something for your shooter to kick on and you can use that to manipulate your floor put that into position okay so we'll check our gap on both ends I'm liking that there perfect so now to keep this from moving around on us you want to add weight each of these boxes weighs approximately 60 pounds okay and when you're done pack all of the rest of the flooring for the room on there you're doing two things hey you're getting it out of the way because you're installing a floor in the room and B you're putting enough weight on that floor that you've just put down and put in the position to keep it from moving around now remember because this is a drop-in lock system we don't need to use a hammer anymore now that we've got it started and straightened out we've got it all tightened up now we're ready to go and build ourselves a floor now it's time for the time-lapse then we'll be able to show you the tips and tricks for dealing with around the doors and fitting your doors after the fact most likely some of these will need to be cut down okay so we're done there basic square footage of the room now we've come into a couple of places where it's nice to talk about finishing details you can see that only took us about 20 minutes maybe 30 you know so if you're new to this and and you're you're you're starting it for your first time maybe expect that to take about an hour but I tell you once you get used to the cutting and you get a rhythm going we can get doing that pretty quick if you have a help or it makes it all that much faster so here we are this is what we call a quarter round and if you look at it it looks like one quarter of a piece of pie that's what it's basically called and we use this as our trim molding they close up from floor to baseboard alright and the way we do it is the inside corner is gonna get mitered at a 45 degree angle and over here we're gonna bring it right up to where the door casing meets okay so we're just gonna make a pencil mark here where the door casing is and we're gonna cut this one on 30 degrees and that opens it up a little bit nice like that looks clean looks finished if it's cut square it looks stupid so it's a nice soft angle and it'll work really well and what we use to install it is a brad nailer and we're just using inch and a quarter nails now this setup here with an air air tool with a gun in the hose and the compressor you can actually get at the local home depot the husky machine I think when I bought it it came with the hose and a nail gun I can't remember exactly but I think the whole the whole outfit is less than $200 and of course once you have a hose you can get interchangeable tools you can get your stapler for the quarter-inch plywood you can get ratchet so you can do power tools to work on your cars as well so having a compressor the compressor itself is a hundred bucks you don't need to spend a fortune on these kinds of tools I'm rough on it I probably go through one a year because I don't treat it well but for me they have something that is that versatile for a hundred dollars a year that is just money in the bank as a homeowner if you actually take care of your tools it'll last you a lifetime okay so you can do all the trimming in your house all your finished carpentry anything you need and you can also put a little blower on the end of this and you can use it as a as an air broom and you can clean things off and clean the dust out of the room clean out your computer and everything else with that too so very handy definitely suggest having that that's one of those tools that every homeowner should have if you're going to do DIY you don't want to spend your day running around the little finishing nails and a hammer trying to hammer all these trims in like it's 1950 that I'll just take you forever and you're gonna waste your whole weekend doing something that can be done in about 10 minutes alright so here we go once we got a measurement we just run down to the saw cut it stick it in place throw one of these Brad nails in every 16 inches every 2 feet come we're done so let's talk to means efficiently because this is the one place in in the whole room where homeowners always do it wrong and it screams DIY they don't cut the casing and slide the floor underneath and the reason for that is they probably just don't know what tool to use or how to get that job done properly or maybe you've hired somebody to do some work in your house before and they were lazy and didn't do it properly but here's the secret take your floral put it upside down and you buy one of these now this it's called a dovetail saw ok because of the way you can hold the handle flush on the ground and still cut without rubbing your knuckles off it's also reversible left and right you push this down and you swing it around and then it locks in position to cut the other way okay so all we do is set it on top of the flooring and the reason we use this piece upside down is just to measure the deficit and this is not about strength it's about speed okay so fine too soft means you get to the jam which is this material here you can stop or you can keep going you can cut right through the whole jam it doesn't really matter but the goal is to get to the other side of this casing clean through so you're probably gonna be cutting some of your baseboard as well and that's fine there's no damage in it because here by doing this when we get near the end instead of trying to put all your force on the front try to use the push up push against the heel like this kind of motions and then you'll get the back of that cut off all right and the way you can tell if it's done just take your trusty knife there's probably some caulking and adhesive in there here we go there we go now we've got the whole thing it might be it just a little bit left and you can take your knife and cut that little bit of trim left once you got it all cleaned out now you'll see your flooring will slide underneath your trim and you'll get a perfectly clean line and there's no need for cocking this is absolutely beautiful if you add caulking of this after the factory actually make it look ugly so it detracts from the situation remember the only reason they use cocking in the first place is because come as somebody cut the hole too big and they had to close the gap so if you use this kind of fine-tooth saw the saw blade itself is so thin it's like microscopic the difference that's gonna be left in your floor now if you don't have one of these you can go to the store for about 20 bucks and pick one up or if you have a PVC saw same effect so find two saw thin blade this is the cheap little pull saw from Irwin fine 2 saw same effect all you do is just set the floor there and you can do the same effect okay I'll do the same thing all right these are ten bucks they're a little flimsy but if you're a DIY homeowner sometimes it's not what you can buy but what you can use that works so as long as it's a fine-toothed flexible saw same process you'll have a great result too let's talk about our transition know this flooring is only going in this room I'm not carrying it into the rest of the house we're using a different flooring for that so there will be a transition and the rule of thumb is this when you're doing a transition anywhere on your flooring you want that transition to be right in the middle underneath the door so here I'll show you here's the door jamb this represents the outside of the door there represents the inside of the door you want your flooring to go right to the middle where the transition is except since this is a laminate product the transition is gonna look different it's gonna be about a half an inch wide it's gonna be a metal track that goes screwed down to the floor okay and then there'll be like a team molding and it'll snap into that metal track and it'll go over top of each of the laminates so in fact we want to go right to the jamb with our flooring okay we don't want to go into this area because the transition itself will bridge the gap from here to here knowing that because transitions traditionally are inch and a half odorous inch and a quarter so as long as your flooring comes up to the edge of that you're gonna be fine all right so in order to do this same thing we turn this around we put our finish floor there okay and we're gonna mark right there we're gonna cut exactly to fill here and in this particular case we're not going to use our guillotine because we want to get a nice clean cut in this situation I'm gonna use the jobs on so here's our quarter of Maryland and here's our mark with our 30-degree so we're going to set our saw to 30 degrees I'm gonna lock it in place I'm just gonna set them on the blade up there we go that's done and then I'm gonna push this all the way the other side set it to 45 which is my inside corner miter and the idea here is I want the blade to cut from the tip going down so I don't make it any shorter now that piece is ready to install so here's the piece of flooring this is the one that goes into the room and this is where we're gonna finish off it at the door now just note this baked-on finish here that comes from the factory this is a lot stronger than the kind of finish that you get on the site finish floor this is baked on it's very much an enamel you want to cut your board standing up when you can okay if you're gonna use the saw for cutting your wood get it standing up line up your saw and you'll see that you bang into it you're gonna have to move the guard out of the way get the saw starting and go slow there you go now that's the finished cut I can live with perfect and what is the rule when I'm doing flooring I like to do my cord around as it's available probably an OCD issue to be perfectly honest but is this nice to see it cleaned up and finished so what you do is you put your gun in the middle and you push down and then you roll it towards the inside a little bit okay you don't actually want to nail through the flooring into the subfloor and you don't want to ever nail underneath an electrical plug in case the wires coming up from underneath move away and just put one every whoops 16 inches over two feet just to make sure it's nice and tight because this is a click laminate floor you can actually cheat here just a little bit you see here we can set it on top of the groove and then slide it towards it all right now it's not gonna want to sit in there perfectly so you have to do is you got to lift this side just a little bit so you can get this one to click in and you can really pull you find that it's not gonna happen yeah every once in a while you're gonna want to hammer something keep a little cutoff handy okay and the reason this works great is because the contour of the tongue and groove is exactly the same so you aren't gonna damage the face of the board done locked perfect you sink clean right up to where the transition is going to be that's how you finish the floor this is easy from this side of the floor you get your body low get your angle in slide it over put your fingers in there in the groove pull while you wait down perfect everytime when you're on this side of the the wood it's so much easier that's why when you're starting it takes a little time but from this side it's just that easy so you'll see as I was laying the flooring here what it is I just marked where the the floor grade is and to make my life simple I'm going to cut it out after the fact I just find it easier to install alright bring my jig saw over to set the blade in that hole and I'm using a 3-inch bit just so you know 3/8 hmm and this is why I like to do it after the factory because I can cut this perfect every time okay so we are about I don't know two thirds way through this project now and that's as far as the flooring is concerned we've got a few more details left I want to discuss and these are really important one of them is the your doors you need to consider do the doors still function after the new floor is in and you want to know that in advance because if you bring your flooring right up to the door and then it won't open it's really difficult to get it back out again so do a double check make sure you got some space okay this door is not going to clear and so what we're gonna do is I'll show you my system ugly piece of flooring in front of it and if you want to take a good look at this pencil if I hold it like that I actually get an extra almost quarter of an inch I'll hold it like that and Mark the door on top of the flooring so that when I cut this door I'm not just cutting it to to barely fit I'm cutting it so that it will completely work I'm also gonna double check with the door open because old houses and notorious for having different heights and different variations so just double check and here it actually clears so we know that we're opening from a high spot to a low spot so if I take that door off and I cut it in that position it's gonna function wonderful so we want to get that out of the way right away so the way I removed my hinge pins is I use a a drill bit just clean it from the side once you get a little bit you can just use the claw in the hammer pop it and you're good to go and just here we go we're gonna get this right out of the room and when we're all finished and then I'm gonna set up and I'll cut the door and I'll show you how to get that very strong so now that we've got all the tools reconfigured we've changed our workstation we're putting our cutting station I've got a moving blanket down here on the floor just because it's a new floor and it's got a nice durable finish doesn't mean you want to be taking any chances so I always cover your new floor surface when you're working on it and this gives us a chance to just catch up with our sweeping again remember preparation preparation as we're working we're creating dirt and blowing dust around so that was a great time to just clean your surface one more time before we go to finish off okay so really there's only two steps left to doing a floor that you're gonna need to know and that's one is the closet area they has a unique challenge that associated the closets and that is your closets usually come and build into the room so now we have in this wall dividing one section of flooring to the other and because we're coming this way we're gonna have this intersection that you need to think you need to pay attention in advance and come up with a strategy for doing this because as you can see this board goes in here and that's nice and lovely right done we can cut and install that last piece and then I can put in that board what about this one you know mine is supposed to take a jigsaw and cut the middle out and try to try to hammer it in I can't do that okay so what you want to do is realize that in this situation you're gonna want to install the floor from the middle going in both directions which is a little contrary to what we've been showing and there's a secret to doing this so you plan to go from two different directions because it's a drop lock this board do you want to start right here off the gym okay and this board is the one you want to cut and measure first and if you can't measure that board first and get that installed from that side and then use a tapping block to push it underneath the trim we used our song to all that trim oh okay we actually took a dub tail saw and cut all the way through the entire casing all the way up through the baseboard all the way around this side okay the reason we can do that is because we're going to be adding meant shoe mold on all the base and so it's not going to cause us any trouble but it will give us the flexibility to push this trim push this floor underneath so what I want to do is I want to measure here first my marker mark my spot where it'll slide underneath the baseboard and in the case just to make sure I'm gonna be okay on a measure from the jamb to the flooring it looks like my mark is 2 and 3/4 okay good lotsa room okay and then I want to bring this right up so my my finished edge is in line with this Jam because that's what that's going to connect to all right and you can just kind of eyeball this to begin with right there and then we can cut this just past the corner we're gonna use shoe mold or cord around here so it doesn't matter give ourselves a little bit of room and then set my marker and then I'll just pull okay no I have my cut and I'm just gonna run down to my skill saw set up both side and of course it's outside because that desk is really brutal and I'll cut this piece and then we can come will install it measure and cut the other piece and I'll show you all the tricks so you can finish this off I'm gonna start with the middle of the floor instead of the edge we'll get it up to where we want it get it into our groove properly lock it in place now we want to do is take our hammer take one of your short off cuts line it up underneath and then use the cut off areas a tapping block remember that the contour of the tapping block exactly matches the rest of the laminate so if you leave it flush to the ground and hold this together he'll have a perfect transfer of energy without causing any damage now you can see it's underneath the contour here so no copy necessary anywhere here we're gonna get the quarter round shoe mold so you can cut yourself a little bit generous on the backside here make sure you have lots of room to make this joint again didn't place perfect because this is the click lock you can actually lift this edge a little bit so you can get this in okay and just give it a Yank snap it in bum done look at that that's beautiful now we can go back with our cut offs make sure you establish your gap at the wall we go and this is just a matter measuring cut to finish so here we are we're gonna do another quick little time-lapse we're gonna get to the end of the project we're gonna do all the cuts and starts and finishes make sure our are etching which we call it which is our joint lines are staggered and mixed and look nice okay so now we're pretty much down to the last step aside from cutting the door which is coming up next for installing your floors up against the wall obviously the gap this left is not consistent with the width of the board so we can't use our cutting tool we can't use our chop saw to cut this wood so we need to do something else now I'm gonna suggest if you have a table saw that's the best tool for the job you can also use a skill saw you can actually take this board and you can clamp it to something else and then run your skill saw and cut up the piece off you could use a jig saw if you had to but the point is anything that will cut something long and in a straight line will do fine you're not gonna see the cut line because it's going to be covered by that quarter round we showed earlier so don't be too concerned about how perfect this is and give yourself a little bit of space to work with all right the biggest mistake people make here is it make it too tight and then I have to fight with it to get it in they damaged their baseboards and then they're gonna have issues with the expansion and contraction because it's too tight so the first thing you want to do is find your two pieces get them measured and cut to length so they can fit comfortably in the space and now you have your template okay now it's time for measuring tape I'm going to measure it from wall to here not to here all right and that'll make a smaller space than what you need and it'll leave that quarter inch gap that you want to have after you're done installing your flooring so measure your gap which here to the finish flooring is an inch and 3/4 but to the button to the extension of the groove here it's only inch and a half and then you're gonna take your measuring tape and measure from finish flooring to inch and a half and make them work okay does that make sense so we're actually measuring the smallest part of the gap and cutting from finished flooring so we left with the quarter inch strap on and we're all finished here it is in the quarter inch and a half inch and a quarter so each end it's a different depth so I have interesting a corner on one end inch and a half on the other take one of your flooring boards and set it up and this is one of the reasons why you want to take that quarter inch off it's nice to have a little bit of mercy here okay connect your dots and that'll be your cutting line for your table saw all right this one it's a little bit simpler it's just inch and half on both sides that one you can just make your mark set your fingers in the groove and pull okay so now we have our two pieces you're gonna go down to the table saw we'll get that ripped and then we'll come in and drop them in and one drop them in I mean literally the same process you're going to set your tongue in the groove I'm just gonna give it a wiggle edge and set it down and that's all there is to it okay so the last step of the flooring before we cut the doors and install them is just to lay down the strip's that we cut of course we cut it short on purpose remember to watch your gap at the end and you just lay it in no this is not completely done it's not set down tight so use your knife get a little forward pressure okay while you're pushing down there we go if you're not sure if it's down enough you're gonna lose just go like this right there like give it a shot and I'll lock it in nice and tighten remember you're gonna have cord around going on here to cover it all it don't be too picky a bit too hard on yourself as long as you can see that gap closing see the gap closing push it down when you push it down if the gap opens push it forward again tell us until you can push on it without the gap opening up click action I heard that click click there you hear that noise you know your goodness gold and then you just take your cord around and cover it all it so one of the benefits of this product is now the room is done and that's the only garbage you're throwing out I love not buying material that goes in the garbage okay so here's a little bonus feature for this video and it's kind of necessary because in a lot of cases and you're adding a 12 millimeter laminate you need to cut your doors down okay so because we marked the surface of the door you're gonna see from the room before you get started you're gonna want to protect the door especially if it's already finished paint see the marks caused by the song okay if this is a bipod or and you're not going to see the backside of it and you can mark the back side instead I would suggest to do that but in this situation is these kind of circular saws have a steel plate and that's what keeps it from going all wild and wonky on you and that still plays we be dragging across your finished paint and make a mess so covered up in some tape real quick here's our pencil line you're going to want to set the depth of your saw relatively the same of the door it'll decrease the amount of chipping that it's going to cause and doors are interesting a quarter so we'll set this operates in half that would be more than enough make sure that you're gonna get past your hinge or you'll have to cut from the other side and that's a little trickier here we go now we can set up our mark here this saw particular that line zero is where the blade is going to cut and then remove so we can set that right on our pencil line set the blade depth on that almost too perfect all right now you can really wear a tape outdoors in great shape use that just to rub the door real quick so that it's nice and sanded that's it time to stick it back on all right you generally wouldn't remove a door I'll leave the paint is nice and handy and all you do stick the top in all right and then you can work on the bottom there we go perfect sometimes they have a core that's about an inch or so and when you cut that off you can actually peel the the face of the door off the car and reinstall it with glue and a couple of nails in this situation that core has been cut because it's already a custom door it's been throwing out number cutting it again if there was any court left it be so smaller what a bit of worth worrying about but if you have the time and energy and still have a core by all means feel free to reinstall it if you're worried about spiders or mice whatever getting up in the door making a home there can always use a little low foam expansion window and door foam and you can seal the bottom of your door and then trim it off later well thank you for joining us in this comprehensive instructional video for how to install laminate flooring especially the click version a lot of the tips and tricks in this are good for vinyl or hardwood and other types of laminate as well but we just want to make sure that if you're going to be able to start this project at home you've got all the tools you need so that you can finish it like a pro alright so thanks a lot listen if you haven't subscribe to the channel do so check us out on Instagram but most importantly check out the rest of the playlist for A to Z videos that we have we have a lot of instructional videos that will teach you all the secrets of different trades so that you can be a good painter and a good taper and a good try Waller will joy fixing up your house we'll see you again next time

50 Comments

  • Home RenoVision DIY

    April 12, 2019

    Thanks for watching! If you want to learn my tricks for vinyl plank then follow this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDEJhqMcgcQ

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  • Octavio Octavius

    April 12, 2019

    7:58 Bad example with the tablesaw. Someone could lose a finger.

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  • Yikan Zhang

    April 12, 2019

    Should I remove baseboards to start with?

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  • Lee Hudson

    April 12, 2019

    Hi, do you have a link to the actual flooring used in this video? It looks really good!

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  • 121bham

    April 12, 2019

    Jeff is my favourite Ontarian. His videos are the best DIY videos on YouTube

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  • Kevin Holt

    April 12, 2019

    Great video! I think I could do this myself… plus I could finally use that compound miter saw I bought last year!

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  • Kevin Holt

    April 12, 2019

    Skill saw indoors with No ear protection? Lord, I’d be deaf for days.

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  • G Bro

    April 12, 2019

    Wow, thank you.

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  • mccahawks

    April 12, 2019

    Thank you so much! I am a amateur DIY and I have once completed a small bedroom with laminate flooring and it turned out great if I say so myself.However….the tips and tricks I learned here and the ideas I have been given have been stellar! Thanks so much for helping people become as good as you are, it is really appreciated. You didn't have to do this, or record this and many appreciate all of your efforts!

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  • Randy Mullins

    April 12, 2019

    Love the video!! At 39 min mark u could have also should someone how to scribe the piece instead of using tape measure.

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  • Mohd Afroz Qureshi

    April 12, 2019

    Which material used to made for vinyl flooring can you mention the name and size

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  • Patrick X

    April 12, 2019

    Enjoy your videos & learning DIY pro-tips, but I don't have opportunity to become very experienced.

    I've used drills plenty enough, but I am of the variety pilot-hole-to-screw. Could you do a video that details drill usage, especially the extensions such as you have on your drill in this video?

    Thanks!

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  • Michelle M

    April 12, 2019

    Hgfg

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  • Carrol Anne Thompson

    April 12, 2019

    ANY of this stuff moisture resistant ? If not, what is? Thank you SO much .

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  • William Molchan

    April 12, 2019

    What about if you're doing stairs with that product do you have to scrape the attached underlayment off before gluing and nailing it to the stair case ?

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  • Rick Funk

    April 12, 2019

    Probably one of the best start to finish floor video on YouTube. Covers all of the same problems that I incurred when doing my upstairs rooms.

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  • Fred's_mom

    April 12, 2019

    I love your videos, but where's your hearing protection? ?

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  • Michele Lara

    April 12, 2019

    wow. excellent info. ty

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  • Ken Nickels

    April 12, 2019

    Good thing I watched this. I would never have thought about the door!

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  • Ashwin Joshi

    April 12, 2019

    This video was what we need for our first project, thank you so much

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  • Broke People's Guide

    April 12, 2019

    I'll definitely be rewatching once I'm ready to do my floors. And I also have a DIY channel but for much smaller cheaper jobs ???.

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  • Toyo Perez

    April 12, 2019

    I have a tapping block

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  • Keaton Hoskins

    April 12, 2019

    Firstly, I can't tell you enough how much I love your videos. My wife and I just bought a true fixer upper home and your inspiring videos are my go-to youtube schooling.

    We purchased all our laminate flooring and will be installing it ourselves. The first floor is a concrete slab, do we need to put down a vapor barrier? I have seen/heard this to be recommended. We have over 2400 sqft to do, and stairs. So it will be FUN!

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  • Kenneth Nicely

    April 12, 2019

    You forgot to say the con's for using laminate flooring. Never get it wet, and use special cleaners. Lowe's had the laminate flooring I liked for .89 a sq. ft. My home was built in the 30's and believe me nothing is sq or level in this house. When I put my laminate flooring down it was a pain in the ass. I kept thinking how in the hell did they level or sq. something up back in the day, and I think I know how. They had a guy name Bob standing there and they would yell out "HEY BOB!!? This look straight?" After I got the flooring down I sealed it with clear epoxy resin and OOO MY DAMN it looks beautiful. Not only did it protected my flooring but it's waterproofed, scratch proof, high gloss, and easy to keep clean without the use special cleaners.

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  • Madis

    April 12, 2019

    Really great video!!! Thanks!

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  • Christine Armitage

    April 12, 2019

    Do you have a tutorial on how to laminate a stairway?

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  • Cleveland Matheson

    April 12, 2019

    If you already answered this question I apologize but is there a reason that the existing floor didn't get refinished ?

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  • Brandon Jones

    April 12, 2019

    Do you have to put anything over top to protect from liquid spills getting into the seems?

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  • Unreal Antics

    April 12, 2019

    Thank you sir for the instructional video, a big help for a first timer.

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  • Danny Harris

    April 12, 2019

    I miss the back eye i saw in the other video. Please bring back the black eye

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  • Lori A

    April 12, 2019

    Would it be acceptable to use Drylok concrete sealer on a concrete floor in a condo before installing vinyl plank flooring to seal any moisture that may be in the concrete? It's a ground level condo.
    Honestly, you have the charisma, knowledge, and personality to have your own DYI show on TV. There's nobody else I've seen on YouTube with the same quality as the productions you have on Home RenoVision. Thanks for all the helpful videos.

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  • David Rofa

    April 12, 2019

    Ur awesome thank u

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  • kidkeeps

    April 12, 2019

    This was great, thanks!

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  • PromisKeeper

    April 12, 2019

    All that talk about avoiding mess and then we cut the door inside. lol. Very helpful though, especially at the start of the closet.

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  • Fernando Martinez

    April 12, 2019

    All you need is a tapping block and spacers on the walls to hold the floor in place.

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  • MrBASSPLAYER41

    April 12, 2019

    Great Video. i have installed a few floors in my previous house, but there were bits and bobs i could have done better or correct. Your video helped a lot with that. Cheers

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  • ឫស្សី Varman

    April 12, 2019

    Awesome video

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  • Langdon Harris

    April 12, 2019

    Another option for terminating quarter round is to return it with two 45 degree cuts and run it into the wall it is on.

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  • Shakena Mincey

    April 12, 2019

    After buying a newly built house we found out that the kitchen, half bathroom downstairs and foyer just has vinyl on top of concrete .would we need to put down anything if we use this type of flooring

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  • Mike Persia

    April 12, 2019

    You should use a tapping Block. They sell them at Home depot or Lowes. Your hand will be sore after a long install.

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  • Raja Mahmood

    April 12, 2019

    Very helpful
    Just bad walls around the room

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  • james b

    April 12, 2019

    Hi Jeff, I just installed laminate flooring and had a pipe break over the winter. The water flowed from the kitchen to the dining room on and under the floor planks. A few planks of the flooring got wet and cupped up. Now it looks pretty bad . The floor is the click flooring Home Depot (inexpensive) It floats on underlayment over a slab floor.
    Is there anything I can do to repair the floor without replacing the boards that cupped up? Could I use a roller, hair dryer, weights ? The flooring is 7mm and to replace it would involve taking off the trim and basically taking apart a jigsaw puzzle – thanks James

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  • george neranantzakis

    April 12, 2019

    Hi sir. What kind of baseboard I need in basement ,I'm installing laminate floor but the walls are cement blocks, thank you.

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  • Sherif Kaissi

    April 12, 2019

    I'm renovating my house still no doors no trims. You recommend floor first or door first ? And also paint door before Mount ? Thanks

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  • Nick F

    April 12, 2019

    Great information! Would you recommend a vapor barrier over a subfloor that’s sits directly over a damp and humid crawl space before laying laminate? Need to block moisture and mold spores. There’s already a barrier in the crawl space but it’s still disgustingly humid inside the house. I’m concerned that doing so might trap moisture in the floor joists and subfloor leading to weaker wood and mold.

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  • larry moore

    April 12, 2019

    Good video with great tips….

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  • giphone1

    April 12, 2019

    Hey love love your channel!!!! I have a quick question I’m installing evp flooring in all location of my house including the bathroom for a seamless look. I have used underlayment in every room but I am not sure if I should use the underlayment in the bathroom also. I don’t want an high difference because I am not using any t modeling so is it ok if I put underlayment in the bathroom also? Thanks.

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  • motorhead rocker

    April 12, 2019

    Poor planning on your part, using that tiny piece against the wall

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  • Jason Riley

    April 12, 2019

    I am thinking of doing an accent wall using laminate flooring. My thought it to use adhesive on the back of each piece of laminate and to use brad nails to help keep the flooring to the wall. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Firas Salloum

    April 12, 2019

    How do you connect room with hallway? and thank you for the wonderful job

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