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Before you begin the work, empty the kitchen out and remove all the drawers and cabinet doors. Plus, remove the hinges and drawer handles, etc.
You need approximately a quarter inch on each side for expansion and contraction for the floor. Use a sliding compound miter saw to cut the floor planks to the lengths you need. If you do not have a compound miter saw, you could use a table saw. Cut end boards to 3 ft., 2 ft., and 1 ft. so that the seams are staggered rather than lined up evenly.
Note: Laminate flooring is approximately $4 square foot -- add $3 per square foot if you have someone else install it for you.
To hold the ends of the boards, drive in a small screw. The screw acts as a stop. After the boards are installed, remove the screw.
Getting the boards in place takes a little practice. Just wiggle them in until you get them all in place.