Installing Floors

Installing Floors

SKU# 071265

Expert advice from start to finish

Joseph Truini


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  • Product # 071265
  • Type Paperback
  • ISBN 978-1-60085-112-4
  • Published Date 2010
  • Dimensions 9 3/16 x 10 7/8
  • Pages 192
  • Photos 374 full-color photographs and
  • Drawings 12 drawings
There is a wide variety of flooring options available -- wood, tile and stone, laminate, resilient vinyl, bamboo, and cork -- and Installing Floors shows homeowners how to lay them all like a pro. In this new title from the successful Build Like A Pro series, contractor and experienced author Joseph Truini covers the subject in great detail; he walks readers through the process of installation -- made attainable through more than 350 step-by-step photos and illustrations -- and explains the benefits and unique properties of different materials. Like previous titles in the series, this book delivers on its promise of, "expert advice from start to finish."

About the Author
Before writing about carpentry, Joseph Truini worked as a remodeling contractor, cabinetmaker, and union carpenter. He has written extensively for magazines like Today's Homeowner, This Old House, and Popular Mechanics, is the author of the Taunton bestseller, Building a Shed, and appears regularly on the nationally syndicated TV show "Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford."

Table of Contents

Wide World of Flooring
Wood Flooring
Tile and Stone
Resilient Vinyl

Unfinished Oak Strip
Tools and Materials
Prep the Room
Prep the Subfloor
Start Flooring
Continue Flooring
Complete the Installation
Sand and Finish the Floor

Engineered-Wood Planks
Tools and Materials
Ready the Room
Install the Underlayment
Start Flooring
Continue Flooring
Work around Doorways
Finishing Steps

Traditional Pine-Plank Flooring
Tools and Materials
Site Preparation
Preparing the Boards
Laying the Boards
Flooring around Doorways
Installing Shoe Molding

Glazed-Porcelain Tile
Tools and Materials
Tear Up the Old Tile Floor
Prepping the Floor
Setting Tile
Grouting the Floor
Finishing Touches

Marble Tile
Tools and Materials
Take Up the Old Floor
Patch the Subfloor
Install Cement Backerboard
Install a Radiant-Floor Mat
Install the Marble Tile
Grout the Tile
Prep the Closet Flange
Trim Doors to Fit

Plastic Laminate Planks
Tools and Materials
Prep the Floor
Start Flooring
Cut Planks to Fit
Fit Planks along End Wall
Install the Last Row
Install Shoe Molding

Resilient Sheet Vinyl
Tools and Materials
Prep the Subfloor
Make a Paper Template
Trace the Template onto the Flooring
Cut the Flooring to Size
Lay the Flooring
Seam Two Pieces of Flooring

Vinyl Tile
Tools and Materials
Prep the Room
Start Tiling
Cut the Vinyl Tile
Complete the Final Quadrants

Bamboo Flooring
Tools and Materials
Prep the Room for Flooring
Lay the Starter Rows
Continue across the Room



Back in 1985, I installed a radical new type of “floating” hardwood floor from Sweden that was unlike anything I—or most anyone else in the United States—had ever seen before. It was called laminated flooring because each plank was composed of thin wood layers that were glued—or laminated—together. The top layers of the long tongue-and-groove planks were covered in 1⁄8-in.-thick hardwood strips. (This type of flooring is now called engineered wood to differentiate it from plastic-laminate flooring.)

I installed the flooring in the living room at my parents’ home, and even wrote an article about it for Popular Mechanics magazine. And although I didn’t know it at the time, that Swedish import helped revolutionize the flooring industry and kick off an explosion of do-it-yourself flooring products.

Over the years, engineered wood became more popular and easier to install, and soon other DIY-friendly flooring products started to appear, including snap-together laminate planks and tiles, floating vinyl sheets, cork-veneered planks, prefinished solid bamboo, even tape-down carpet squares.

The result of all this upheaval—and billions of dollars in research, design, and manufacturing—is that professional contractors no longer dominate floor installations. Today, there are dozens of floors that are specifically designed and packaged for do-it-yourself homeowners. And the widespread use—and rental—of pneumatic tools has even made traditional nail-down floors accessible to DIYers.

The goal of this book is to introduce you to the many fabulous flooring products now available, but more important, I want to give you the confidence and inspiration to tackle your own flooring project. To help you understand the installations, you’ll find detailed drawings, hundreds of step-by-step photographs, and accompanying text that describes each step of the process.

My work on this book is done, but I feel as if there’s some unfinished business. I know for a fact that every major flooring manufacturer is feverishly working on the next greatest generation of better, greener, easier-to-install flooring. And although I don’t know what to expect, each time I visit my mom and see that 1985 floating floor, I can’t help but think that the final chapter has not yet been written.


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