Installing Vinyl Flooring

Today's vinyl can be easily installed as a DIY project.

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Vinyl That Looks Like Tile 2

Materials and Tools:

tape measure
vinyl flooring template kit
pry bar
pneumatic stapler
circular saw
safety glasses
dust mask
belt sander
sheet vinyl flooring
flooring adhesive
large tarp
notched trowel
straight edge


1. Draw a rough sketch of the kitchen layout, measure the space and transfer the measurements to the drawing. For rooms with multiple small areas, it works best to figure the square footage for each of the areas individually and then add your totals together. Add 10 percent to your total to account for any waste you may have.

2. Clear the space of furniture and appliances then remove shoe moldings. Install new moldings when the project is finished.

3. Place the first full sheet of luan and secure it to the floor with staples. Place staples about every 6 inches along the edge and 8 inches in the center.

4. Transfer pattern to the luan. Put on safety glasses and dust mask, and then cut plywood sheets for the underlayment to fit. Use a jigsaw for smaller and more intricate cuts.

5. Attach the final pieces of underlayment to the floor and then check along all of the seams and light sand any rough or uneven areas.

6. Place the first sheet of pattern paper flat on the floor about 1/4" away from the walls. Cut small triangular holes in the paper and place masking tape over the cutout holes to keep the paper from moving. Continue placing the paper over the floor overlapping the adjoining pieces of the pattern and taping them together.

7. After laying out the paper, trace the outline of the room onto the pattern paper using the supplied ballpoint pen inserted into the tracing disk. Place the disk against the wall and slide the disk along the wall, tracing the outline of the room onto the pattern paper until completing the entire room.

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