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In the doorway, boards should extend to the threshold. Keep laying boards until you near the final wall, and a whole board is too wide to fit. Cut some wood to the width of a board, and sharpen one end. Loosely position a board over the previous whole board fitted. Run the pointed end along the wall, using a pencil at the other end to draw the profile onto the loose board (Image 1).
Cut along the guide line of the wall’s profile with a jigsaw, then position the board in the doorway (Image 2).
Install the board, using a pry bar to tap in the clip-together mechanism. Use this method to cut and attach all boards against the wall (Image 3).
Install a threshold strip in the doorway. Choose a suitable one for the types of flooring that will meet here (Image 4).
Finish off the room with lengths of edging (shoe molding), pinned or glued (with contact adhesive) to the baseboard. This is to cover the expansion gap (Image 5).
Coping With a Casing
If you start at the doorway, trim the base of the casing, as shown below, and slide the first board underneath it. Clip to the second board and work across the floor. If you finish at the doorway, you may need to trim off the last board’s tongue with a jigsaw or hammer and chisel so that it will fit against the wall. Then install the board.
Cutting Around a Pipe
If the fixture is not in place, or can be removed, drill a hole in a board and slide it over the pipe. Use a pipe cover to cover the seam at the base.
Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement
© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009
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