The Truth About Vinyl Plank Flooring 1 | THE HANDYMAN |

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this is this week's project give you a

quick background on what happened here

there was a flood from a washing machine

that is somewhere they had a vinyl

backed cork flooring which I'm not sure

where it is but I have to go find this

and here's an example of it update the

flooring you can see how the top layer

peeled off my job is to remove what's

underneath the cabinets in here and

install all new flooring I gotta go all

the way back into this room here all the

way back into this room here it's not

going to be fun there's a lot of turns a

lot of walls that are not perpendicular

to each other or or parallel to each

other I said I've got to get this

flooring out from underneath these

cabinets full shim there so I'll be

putting in my own composite shims to

lift the cabinets up with the granite

countertops I know getting this old

flooring out as much as possible and the

new flooring will not be going

underneath there it'll just be 100%

composite shims holding the the

cabinet's up now this is an air B&B you

can see it's got the kitchen it's got a

crazy bathroom in here I wish I could

show you they have a huge tub inside

this giant walk-in shower with no door

this is rented out five days I got five

days to get all the flooring in an

all-new baseboard I'm moving right along

first cabinet flooring is removed

underneath the oven flooring removed

composite shims now I'm getting ready to

remove the dishwasher I can tell the

people who came in to try to do the

initial tear out I couldn't figure out

how to get this dang dishwasher out

because it's all kind of jacked up

messed up in there see how that that's

all sunken back in well right through

here is a screw

that screws a tab that's attached to the

dishwasher to the side of the cabinet so

what I got to do is adjust the feet back

up so that this hole actually aligns

with the screw because they just the

feet down thinking that it may have been

getting caught by these tabs these are

those another option to mount it I'm

just going corner by corner I've got an

8-foot 2x4 in a block and I'm just

putting very slight pressure downward I

mean I'm just raising the cabinet it's

really not raising the cabinet because

the countertop hasn't moved just enough

to wiggle out that flooring and I've got

all new shims going in there's some

shims there shims there shims there

shims everywhere hole all along the back

I got two more corners he's too little

inside corners and this whole section is

done right there the shims I just put in

I'm gonna do the same thing under this

leg right there here is the flooring

waterproof flooring you still have to

rip it out if your house floods so quick

easy installation this goes right over

these control joints there is no

underlayment there's no vapor barrier

there's no padding there's no nothing it

comes with a natural hypoallergenic cork

backing mold and mildew resistant you're

probably wondering how I'm gonna start

this lay this out there's not much to it

other than you have to start in a

left-hand corner the way they need to

start behind the refrigerator and go

work my way this way or I got to start

in that back bedroom and work my way

this way I'm thinking of starting in

this corner over here and working my way

since when you come into this place the

only wall that is not going to be

covered the only reveal I'm trying to

get at is I don't want to start in that

corner or any other corner and have

someone walk in the front door and they

come over here and

see that has shifted and is going at an

angle do go with some kneepads this job

cuz I gotta start another one right

after this one I can't be all gimping

around so we're gonna give these a shot

even though they bunch up behind your

legs they're only one strap then you

slip around you're not supposed to put

cabinets on top of these like they have

before this flooring expands and

contracts and you need a quarter inch

gap around the around the perimeter when

they have cabinets on them especially

with this this llll here certain parts

can't expand and contract and you can

get into pop apart first row is going to

be kind of run out second row gonna

attach it and then it's so light move so

easily I'll start shifting it around

taking measurements across the room to

the other wall


there's nothing on the gel zone they

were more painful to wear this look at

its torque granite countertop I ain't

gonna scratch granite with a piece of




scraps here ready to do the fill at that

in and I also I'll have used all my

scrap sound at that end it's ready to

start this section of the kitchen and I

wanted to point something out it's quite

obvious to most people but I have seen

this so many big places if you do not

want this and you don't want a

repeatable pattern in the floor take you

down here just give you an idea of

course you can't really see this seems

too well with this type of flooring but

it's completely random it's not like

that stair staggered stair staggered

stair staggered I hate seeing that even

on a basement air B&B you won't catch me

doing that it'll be a random pattern I

make sure that when I come down to this

end I look over here and don't see

anything that looks like it's repeating

a pattern

oh I'll cut this off oh maybe right

around here slide that in but first I'll

look over this way and make sure that

I'm so I won't have it line up with this

one and I won't have it line up with

this one somewhere in between maybe

somewhere over here maybe even real

short down like there this is highly

resistant to scratching I'm having your

tools on here dragon furniture across

them this flooring isn't gonna scratch

keep your blade tucked in but your

hammer resting on it is not gonna

scratch this floor okay this floor is

not meant to have any tiny gaps in this

that's a very teeny tiny gap and you

don't want that

because when this piece goes over it'll

make things out of whack so I'm gonna

try to zoom in right here just get your

fingernail in there that's it use a

scrap piece and that gap is completely

gone and super tight so another tip not

trying to insult anybody's intelligence

this isn't very complicated to install

this so the don't expect anything

groundbreaking as far as installation

tips I ran out of concrete to cut on so

I've got a piece of scrap this is

actually my little hammer piece that I

am cutting out if you're not proficient

with a razor knife get a bigger piece



the splits - now one to go so I'm down

here getting mess ready to measure the

piece I have to rip and it's exactly one

in three-quarter inches on both ends how

the heck did that happen it never

happens like that I'm at the stage we

have to start installing all these

planks backwards what I mean by

backwards is I'm going in the opposite

direction and putting the pieces

together in the opposite of what they

are intended to do it's not that

difficult it does take a little extra

monkeying around with each piece of

flooring see like my first attempt it I

didn't get it there it's a little extra

monkeying around to start working this

way as opposed to working that way I got

my first two backwards pieces in and it

seems to be going well this is a unique

situation so this piece here is the one

I'm installing I slid it back underneath

the jamb and then forward and I'm trying

to manipulate that seem to close right

here in the middle I can lift up enough

to get it in but on the sides

not so much what I'll do is I'll take a

scrap piece tap I just give it a tap and

boom it clicks right in I'll show you

this side here up close now you can see

a faint line there that is may look okay

to you but that's not how the this

flooring works and if it doesn't get set

in and click together fully it'll come

apart focus on that line there now you

see it now you don't it doesn't take


just to give it a little tap and it

seats right in there and it's now it's

permanently locked in