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After installing the subfloor, spread a self-leveler compound over the plywood subfloor to cover the seams and uneven areas. Any bumps, dips or uneveness will eventually emboss into the vinyl and show through on the new flooring. The self-leveler works to fill and smooth those imperfections in the subfloor.
While the compound dries, cut the vinyl to size on a flat surface. If you are working with a pattern that has lines or grids, it's much easier to cut straight with a utility knife. But, if you are working without a lined pattern, enlist the help of a straightedge and a marking pencil.
Tip: Since vinyl expands and contracts depending on the temparature, it's a good idea to allow the new vinyl to acclimate to its new surroundings by leaving it in the room where it will be installed for at least 24 hours.
Working in sections so the adhesive doesn't dry too quickly, trowel the recommended vinyl adhesive directly to the subfloor. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when applying adhesive.