How to Install Locking Laminated Flooring

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Installing locking laminated flooring requires you to use your spacers to create the recommended expansion space. Install locking laminated flooring with help from an experienced flooring contractor in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Phil Provins, owner of Top Floor in San Diego, California, and I'm going to talk to you today about how to install locking laminate flooring. These are the basic steps you'll need to know to install your laminate floor. It's not everything you need to know, but it's going to cover the key points that you should remember. First of all, start with a full board in your first row, use your spacers to create the recommended expansion space. Now, I've already cut some boards into thirds. I like to use my second row starting with a two-thirds length board, and the third row will be one-third length. Next step is to install the second board in your first row, just make sure you do maintain the required expansion space. Next, we're going to put the second board in the first row. Engage the end, then align the long seam, and this is where it gets tricky. If I rest my weight on the second row, I can tilt the second board in the second row and gently coerce it into place. But if you wiggle and pull, you can get it ti settle down nicely. Now, for the third row, you might have trouble keeping the first board in place, let me show you what I mean. Install the first board, or the second board, install the second board against the first board and snug up the long seam. But as I lift this board to install it, it's likely to pull this board out next to it, and it did. So, what I like to do on this third row, is to actually assemble the two boards before I install them against the long run. And then, slide them up and lock them both in together at the same time. Check your spacers as you go, because they will want to move around on you. Continue in this manner all the way across your floor. And remember, if you have a little trouble getting a seam together, just wiggle it and pull it, you can get it to seat nicely. These are manufactured to thousandths of an inch specs and they are meant to lock together. So, if it's not closing up, either you have something in the way, or you're not pulling hard enough. Once again, I'm Phil Provins, owner of Top Floor in San Diego, California. And I just showed you how to install locking laminate flooring.

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