By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Before You Begin
To prepare remove the existing shoe or base moldings with a prybar and save it for reuse. The installation requires that you leave about a 1/4-inch gap at all walls and immovable objects. While you can install the flooring over small irregularities in the subfloor, make sure the existing floor is secure and squeak-free. Cover concrete with a vapor retarder, usually heavy (8-mil) polyethylene sheeting, overlapped at any seams.
Step 1 : Spread the foam underlayment
Roll out the foam underlayment and trim it to fit the room. Roll out one width of underlayment as needed. When the planks cover the underlayment, roll out another section.
Step 2 : Dry fit the first three rows
Position the first plank in the corner with its grooved edge against the spacers. Position additional planks to reach the end of the wall. Tap the plank into the end of the first plank using the tapping block the manufacturer supplies (or one that you make yourself using a short cutoff of the grooved side of the flooring).
Measure and cut the last piece in the row so it fits tightly against the spacer at the far end. Start the second row with the cutoff from the first row (assuming that it's at least 12 inches long). Then fit the third row.
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