Flooring Basics

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Does the cost of professionally installed carpet, vinyl or hardwood have you floored? Whether you're eyeing new ceramic tile for the bathroom, a sturdy laminate for the family room, or a repair to the parquet in the foyer, do it yourself, and do it right, with this all-in-color guide to the basics. Even total beginners will effortlessly navigate these detailed and reassuringly simple instructions, while loads of illustrations and photographs make the entire process easy-to-follow. With all the tips, tools, and ...

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Overview

Does the cost of professionally installed carpet, vinyl or hardwood have you floored? Whether you're eyeing new ceramic tile for the bathroom, a sturdy laminate for the family room, or a repair to the parquet in the foyer, do it yourself, and do it right, with this all-in-color guide to the basics. Even total beginners will effortlessly navigate these detailed and reassuringly simple instructions, while loads of illustrations and photographs make the entire process easy-to-follow. With all the tips, tools, and tricks-of-the-trade right on hand, you'll know which special tools to buy and which to rent; how to remove the old stuff and make way for the new; how to select from the dizzying array of new materials on the market; and what to do to get lasting results. (For example, without a vapor barrier, that beautiful new hardwood will buckle in no time.) Plus: dozens of money-saving ways to fix up existing flooring.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781402710872
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Pages: 128

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Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Chapter 1 Flooring Systems
Anatomy of a Floor 7
Types of Flooring 8
Evaluating a Floor 11
Estimating Materials 13
Chapter 2 Tools and Materials
General-Purpose Tools 17
Specialty Tools 18
Materials 21
Chapter 3 Floor Preparation
Removing Base Molding 25
Removing Carpet 26
Removing Ceramic Tile 27
Removing Resilient Flooring 28
Removing Vinyl Tile 29
Removing Underlayment 30
Leveling a Subfloor 31
Installing Plywood Underlayment 32
Installing Cement Underlayment 34
Chapter 4 Carpeting
Carpet Types 37
Installing Tackless Strips 38
Installing Padding 39
Cutting and Seaming Carpet 40
Stretching Carpet 43
Carpet Transitions 46
Cushion-Backed Carpet 47
Chapter 5 Ceramic Tile
Determining the Pattern 49
Laying Ceramic Tile 50
Cutting Large Tile 54
Grouting 56
Finishing Touches 58
Chapter 6 Hardwood Flooring
Installation Options 61
Preparing for Flooring 62
Installing Flooring 64
Gluing Flooring 69
Sanding and Finishing 70
Chapter 7 Laminate Flooring
How It Works 73
Underlayment 74
Starter Course 75
Additional Rows 78
Working around Obstacles 79
Finishing Up 80
Shoe Molding 81
Chapter 8 Resilient Flooring
Types of Installation 83
Making a Template 84
Perimeter Installation 86
Full-Adhesive Installation 90
Cove Base Molding 92
Chapter 9 Wood and Vinyl Tiles
Guidelines 95
Installing Vinyl Tiles 96
Border Tiles 98
Irregular Tiles 99
Self-Adhesive Tiles 100
Parquet Tiles 101
Chapter 10 Flooring Repairs
Squeaky Floors 105
Repairing Carpet 108
Patching Hardwood Flooring 110
Refinishing a Hardwood Floor 114
Removing Stains from Hardwood Flooring 116
Repairing Parquet Tiles 117
Repairing Sheet Flooring 118
Repairing Vinyl Tiles 120
Removing Tile Stains 122
Replacing Grout 123
Replacing Ceramic Tiles 124
Glossary 126
Index 128
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