Sorry for my lack of posting but there’s just been a lot going on. My dad has left after we spent two great weeks together. And I think he noticed how he can’t handle a busy family life anymore. When we visit Germany it’s a little different because we don’t have our daily chores and routines.
On the last day of his stay I decided to start ripping up the carpet in our master bedroom. I figured it was a good time to have a mountain of rotten carpet out by the curb on Monday morning 😉
Because as nice as it looks in that photo above, I showed you in last week’s post what the edges looked like. And I also shared why I picked Pearl City Click Bamboo from Lumber Liquidators (click HERE if you missed the post).
And this is what it looked like on the bottom! Are you ready? I’m embarrassed y’all. Should I even share this kind of stuff here?
It was mountains of this stuff and I only got out the carpet from our bedroom and walk-in closets.
And it wasn’t actually that bad to remove all the staples, nails and tack strips.
Yeah and I’m one of those people who couldn’t move her bed to paint behind it. Moving all the furniture was actually so far the hardest part.
After I vacuum all the dust, dirt and staples, I laid down the underlayment for the floating floor. I chose the Eco Silent Sound Underlayment (also click HERE to read more) to minimize the sound when we are sitting in the living room and someone is walking around upstairs.
It was very easy to lay down and comes with a sticky strip that connects the next row of underlayment.
Did I mention I worked late?
And sorry for the cellphone photos but when you work alone it is definitely easier to have your cellphone in your pockets for the occasional photos. I was completely incapable of doing step-by-step instructions since I had to concentrate on what I was doing, haha.
I did follow the instructions that Lumber Liquidators has in this link HERE. It is very detailed. And I did bug my neighbor who was a flooring installer for some helpful tips.
And although I don’t care for the look of transition strips too much, I followed the recommendation of using them. Especially since my neighbors have a floating bamboo floor that doesn’t have transition strips and is separating in several spots.
A good tip before you start is to determine which way your floor joists run so you can run the laminate or wood floor boards perpendicular to the floor joists rather than parallel which helps to keep everything sturdy. You can tell which way your joists run by seeing how the plywood was nailed down.
Also make sure that all your nails and staples were removed or hammered down and that the floor is level.
Also measure the width of the room and divide it by the width of a plank to determine how many rows you have and if you would end up with a thin sliver of wood at the end of the room. To avoid that you can shift the rows and start with a board that was cut by length.
Which tools did I use?:
I used a compound miter saw
chisel (to remove the clicking lip for some fits)
hammer and rubber mallet
undercut saw for the door frames
wood glue for certain short end pieces
I made myself spacers out of wood to leave the required expansion gap at the edges of the wall, as you can see in the above and below photo. This is an important step.
The small pieces at edges or around air vents have do be glued with wood glue.
For my bathroom I used the old brass strip but I’m not sure if I will keep it that way or put down a wood strip. The bamboo strip sticks up so much higher.
When you cut below the door jam use a scrap piece of flooring on top of the underlayment. Then place the undercut saw to cut out the space for the flooring to fit. Don’t forget to vacuum up the saw dust and pieces before fitting your floor under the door jamb.
Door frames are definitely NOT my favorite.
And here I am at the end of our bedroom. My son took this picture of me with my cellphone.
To finish the room off I attached 1/4 round molding but instead of using my nail gun, I predrilled the holes and manually hammered in the finishing nails. I read somewhere that it might be better that way and I actually prefer it. Also my nail gun is hocked up to an air compressor and I don’t want to traumatize the cats any further. Let me tell you they were already all stressed out by this change. They love the master bedroom but are not loving the carpet free environment. Our twenty year old Heidi even peed outside the litter box again, that’s how much this stressed her out. Lets hope it stops.
Here are some sneak peek shots from my cell phone.
I’m planning on doing a full reveal when I am entirely done with the floor which will still take quite a while since I still have to do the hubby’s closet, our hallway (lots of doors, sniff sniff) and both kids’ rooms.
A LOT for sure. But first we are going away over Memorial Day. So it will all have to wait for bit.
Talk to you soon.