Do It! How to Install Replacement Flooring
By: Danny Lipford
When a void is created in flooring, like the one left by removing this wall, it’s necessary to match the surrounding pattern, not just patch the hole.
To do that with this luxury vinyl plank floor, we are removing short pieces on either side of the void to be filled with new pieces.
Heating the floor and the glue under it with a hairdryer as you peel it up seems to be the best process to remove the flooring.
Occasionally, we have to make a cut in an installed piece before removing part of it. This will depend on the layout.
After scraping the old glue residue, we’re filling the voids left from concrete nails that were removed with the wall.
This masonry floor patch material needs to be flush with the rest of the slab.
Before applying any adhesive, we are dry-fitting the new vinyl planks so we can mark and make any necessary cuts.
This particular product can be cut with a utility knife, which really speeds up the process.
The glue we are using is the one recommended by the flooring manufacturer for their product and this kind of adhesive requires a small V or U notched trowel for application.
After the adhesive sets for five minutes, we begin installing the replacement flooring.
As the pieces go down, we’re applying plenty of pressure to ensure the adhesive grabs the planks.
Clean up the excess adhesive as you go to avoid tracking it around the home.
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