Installing the Laundry Floor

Danny did a great job installing our laundry room flooring.  We branched out from Lowe’s and purchased some laminate flooring from Home Depot.  I searched around, originally looking at the Allure Flooring, because of cost and easy installation, and even considered linoleum, but I felt this floor looked the best and was actually the cheapest as well so, win-win!  I love the dark, wide planks with the rough chiseled wood look.  It makes the floors actually look like real wood and we even fooled an untrained eye into thinking it was hardwood. Danny installed it in a day all on his own and it gave the room a great finished look, despite the missing shower. Our washer and dryer were able to get hooked up as well (finally!), which I think was way more exciting for the both of us than it should be, but we’ve been wanting one for 2 years now (that’s right, we haven’t had our own washer and dryer for 2 years). We’ll get before and after photos up when the shower is installed and the room is finally complete, but here is where we are in the process.  Keep reading if you want to lean how we installed the floors.

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How to Install Laminate Wood Flooring

Tools:

Dewalt 10 inch compact table saw

Craftsman Miter Saw

Power Drill

1 1/2″ Spade Bit

Hack Saw

Black ABS cement

ABS pipe cap

Process:

Danny here, follow along as I explain how I went about installing this incredibly easy flooring.

Step 1: Measuring the space in order to purchase the correct amount of flooring.

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Elmer wanted to help with the measuring.

Elmer wanted to help with the measuring.

 

The laundry room measured 12′ 8.5″ x 7′ 6″ (152.5” x 90″) equaling an area to cover of roughly 95 square feet. We made a Home Depot run and purchased 5 boxes of flooring – each box held 9 pieces with a total square footage of 24.17 square feet. 5 boxes x 24.17 square feet = 120.85 square feet of flooring, enough to cover necessary areas, plus extra in case of mistakes, we also purchased a 100 square feet of Roberts AirGuard ( goes under flooring protects against moisture). TrafficMaster Flooring runs $0.99/ sq. ft (120 sq. ft) + Roberts AirGuard (54.98/100 sq. ft roll) = $160.00 Total cost. We opted to go the DIY way of course, which saved the $497.00 Home Depot would charge for floor installation. This flooring was so easy to install, unless you are completely uncomfortable using a saw.  The DIY way is the way to go, or give us a call and we’ll come install it for you.

Step 2: I took several floor pieces and lay them down on our laundry room floor, some running front-to-back and others side-to-side, we first had to decide which way we wanted the boards to run. Carolyn and I decided running the boards lengthwise across the room looked the best, which turned out was a great option, a lot less cutting.

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Step 3: After deciding on the orientation of the boards I put down the Roberts AirGuard protective sheets, these are easy to install as well. Simply roll out a section across your floor, cut at the end, roll another section out, tape the two sections together with the adhesive that is supplied on the roll. Took all of 10 minutes to get the AirGuard down and ready for the flooring.

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Step 4: Laying down the floor. This floor is great because of its simplicity, all you do is lay it down and snap it together. After laying down the first row I saw that 3 wood panels fit perfectly across our laundry room. It was practically a miracle, this meant the job because 10 times easier. Granted not every floor will be like this, so I got lucky. However, because 3 boards fit so perfectly I ran into an issue of aesthetics. If I simply installed 3 boards, next to an identical 3 boards, all the way across the floor then the floor would have this boring, unbroken look.

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Step 5: For each row of wood I simply took one of the 3 boards and cut it in half or close to half, with the miter saw, then installed the boards like normal. I placed one half of the cut board at the beginning of the row and the other half at the end of the row, this worked only because the room was 3 boards long. This gave the room a more traditional wood flooring look and was much less uniform, and more pleasing to the eye.

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The wood panels needed to be fit as tight as possible together, otherwise they would not snap together, thus causing the floor to stick up. I had to go back a couple times to fix places where I thought the floor was together and it ended up not being snapped together correctly. If you look at your floor and it is raising up or pieces aren’t fitting like they should, take time to make sure the boards are being snapped together correctly.

Step 6: The last row of the flooring ended up being the trickiest because we have drain pipes, washer and dryer piping and wiring, running from the basement up to the laundry room or second story. This is where I had to get creative. I had to use the miter saw and a drill spade bit to cut holes into some of the panels in order to get around the piping and wires.

We also had some piping that ran to the old sink in the laundry room that we took out, so I had to go to the basement and cut and cap the pipe, so I could place flooring over the hole.

To cap the pipe I went to the basement, found the correct pipe (very important) and I used a hack saw to cut off the extra pipe that ran up to the laundry room. This pipe was simply a drain pipe, so I didn’t worry about water coming out. After cutting off the portion of pipe I capped the section with an ABS cap, since the pipe is Black ABS it has to be capped with the same type of piping, I cleaned both the cap and the portion of the pipe the cap would go on with emery cloth, to ensure good adhesion. Once coated with cement I placed the cap on the pipe and wiped off the excess cement, voila, 15 minute pipe cap.

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Step 7: The floor is all in and looks great, along the back wall there is a small gap between where the floor ends and wall begins, I reused a piece of molding from another spot in the room, painted it to match the walls and nailed the molding back to the floor, covering the gap and giving the floor a finished look.  The floors actually need some expansion space so the gap was necessary.  The trim piece was the perfect solution.

Step 8: Bring in the washer and dryer! The moment we have been waiting for has come, our own washer and dryer. We were fortunate enough to have been given a set for free from some good friends, which helps when you are fixing a house on a budget. I lugged in the washer and dryer, placing towels under the feet as to not ruin my new floor. I situated the washer and dryer where they would fit and started the relatively simple hook up process. Before connecting the dryer I took some time to vacuum out the dryer vent pipes, making sure to get all of the lint out, there was a lot. I then hooked up dryer vent, and plugged it in, thankfully it worked. Then came the washer, simply attach the hot and cold water hoses to the correct hole in the back of the washer, make sure the drain hose is assembled to drain correctly, no kinks, and plug it in, washer worked right away too.

Step 9: Take a step back and admire the handy work. Flooring installed, washer and dryer cleaned up and running, big smiling faces.

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This was one of the easiest projects of the house so far, at least for me. Hopefully you can use this to install your own and if you get stuck feel free to drop us a line.

 

-Danny

 

 

 

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