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By Joseph Truini

There is a large choice of floor ideas to be had -- wooden, tile and stone, laminate, resilient vinyl, bamboo, and cork -- and Installing Floors exhibits householders how you can lay all of them like a professional. during this new name from the profitable Build Like A Pro sequence, contractor and skilled writer Joseph Truini covers the topic in nice element; he walks readers in the course of the strategy of set up -- made possible via greater than 350 step by step pictures and illustrations -- and explains the advantages and special homes of alternative fabrics. Like earlier titles within the sequence, this publication offers on its promise of, "expert recommendation from begin to finish."

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Then, use lengthy wrecking bars to pry the plywood clear of the ground. as soon as the plywood is satisfactorily free, strength it up via hand, as proven in ­B­. As you're employed around the room, attempt at any time when attainable to pry up a sheet of underlayment with no first chipping up the outdated tiles, as proven in ­c­. That’ll keep time and rather a lot of unpolluted up. hold the big sheets from the room with the tiles nonetheless hooked up. Busting­up­old­Tile an electrical CHIPPING HAMMER offers the best way to take away previous ceramic tile from a wide room or lengthy hallway. For smaller components, in spite of the fact that, you will get by way of with a hammer and stiff-blade putty knife. The guide approach isn’t approximately as speedy, yet it’s more cost-effective and an entire lot quieter. carry the putty knife at a low perspective opposed to the sting of the tile and strike it with the hammer. strangely, you don’t need to pound at the knife to fracture the tile. numerous sharp faucets frequently paintings greater than one he-man strike. in the event you don’t have the right kind putty knife, alternative a chilly chisel or brickset. whatever the device or technique you employ, ensure that you do put on eye goggles as security from flying shards of damaged tile. c three. ­Before relocating directly to the following section— fitting cement backerboard—it’s severe that the ground be freed from any obstructions. Sweep a gloved hand throughout each sq. inch of the ground, feeling for sticking out screw heads, nails, or staples left over from the underlayment. for those who locate any fasteners sticking up, there’s no use to yank them out, simply hammer them flush. You­can­remove­old­ceramic­tile­with­a­hammer­and­putty­knife— just­be­sure­the­putty­knife­has­a­steel-capped­handle­and­thick,­ rigid­blade. ­hold­the­knife­against­the­edge­of­the­tile­at­a­low­ angle­so­its­blade­gets­under­the­tile­but­doesn’t­dig­into­the­ subfloor. four. ­Once you’ve reached the naked subfloor or a good layer of vinyl or linoleum ground, sweep the ground fresh of all huge items of particles, then vacuum up the dirt and smaller debris. five. ­Slowly stroll round the flooring listening for squeaks and feeling for unfastened sections of subfloor. in case you locate any hassle spots, use a drill/ motive force to lock down the subfloor with 15 ⁄ 8-in. drywall screws. you could position the screws anyplace alongside the ground, yet for the easiest effects, force the screws in the course of the subfloor and into the joists under. Prepping the ground With the demolition paintings accomplished, it’s time to arrange the subfloor through fitting a layer of cement backerboard. right here, we used 1⁄4-in. -thick backerboard, that's compatible for many installations. The 3-ft. through 5-ft. panels are light-weight, effortless to chop, and comparatively cheap. you can even use 1⁄ 2-in. backerboard, yet remember that the additional thickness may cause peak difficulties at doors, thresholds, and underneath undercountertop home equipment, akin to dishwashers P r e P P i n G ­ T h e ­ f l o o r ­81 Tiling­over­Plywood:­ Good­idea­or­Bad? the popular approach to tiling a ground is to set the tiles on most sensible of cement backerboard, yet that’s now not the one strategy to tile a flooring.

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