The laminate floor install experience. Why pay someone $1000 to install
in 2 days something I can install myself in a mere
three seven months?
The start of it all.. my hallway after putting down 2 pieces
The hallway after a few full rows
Getting this piece into the doorway was very tricky. The edges fit under
the doorway trim, so it can't be lifted up to click in. I slid a bar
under the previously laid floor to lift that up instead, and then hammered
the joint together. Unfortunately this is a 1-way install, so to remove
that piece, I had use a dremel to cut it apart.
Woops! The hallway floor was uneven, I tried to slide foam & cardboard
under to shim it, but it didn't work out... so I had to pull EVERYTHING
up and start laying leveller concrete. You can see it by the door &
Now i'm mostly satisfied with the concrete, so I've started all over.
Here the floor flows right through to the storage.
The floor flows into the closet. The bar across the entrance is the track
for the closet doors.
Transition molding between hallway & bathroom.
The bedroom after pulling up the carpet. This is is a nearly square room,
so it should be a nice break after the complicated hallway... or maybe
not, the concrete is pretty wavy in here too & needed a lot of
levelling love & attention.
A few rows in the bedroom. You can see the light strip of levelling
concrete on the bottom-right.
Bedroom's 2/3rds done... we're getting close to the door though, which
means more trickery to flow under the trim. Fortunately, I measured
ahead of time, so I know that the final row will not be too thick or too
Bedroom floor, all done.
Move my furniture back in, and finally I sleep in privacy!
The living room floor... this is a huge room, and once again, the
floor is very wavy... nothing a lot of levelling concrete can't fix,
now that I know what i'm looking for.
The concrete has been laid, which is the dark strip on the right. Another
of concrete is under the foam on the left.
The foam was taped at the doorway to the foam from the bedroom so now it's
part of a much larger foam beast.
The living room floor must connect to piece from the bedroom, so i lay some
scrap to size out the upper-left pieces
Somehow i cut the same pieces wrong a zillion times. Here you can see
all the pieces I ruined but not measuring correctly
The next day I finally got things on track... this is the longest dimension
in the apartment, every row is 5 1/2 planks long.
Woops, looks like there's still some dips to fill... take it all apart and
Inching across the living room
The living room finally done
Transition between hallway & living room
The den is small, so the first part goes quickly. But the door is at an angle so it will get difficult quickly.
Finished! That's the last of my flooring!