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How to Install a Laminate Floating Floor (page 1 of 3)

Installing laminate flooring is a snap — literally. A laminate floor is a "floating floor," meaning it is not fastened directly to the subfloor. It can be installed over any other tightly bonded flooring, making it ideal for retrofits.

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Materials

  • underlayment
  • cardboard
  • carpenter's glue
  • flooring clamps
  • polyethylene tape
  • foam underlayment
  • hammer block

Tools

  • carpenter's square
  • tape measure
  • hammer
  • utility knife
  • safety glasses
  • flush-cut saw
  • circular saw
  • miter saw
  • drill
  • wood chisel
  • rubber mallet
  • 1/4" spacers

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