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  • Posted by nicholas on November 30, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    Hey Joe,

    First off, I want to thank you for all the help and information you provide to us DIY homeowners.
    I came across your Youtube videos while researching where to begin LVP flooring install, which let me to your University. Amazing, the amount of information and videos to help make this process smoother; kudos Joe!

    I have a picture of our floor plan we copied from the builders when we built the house 9 yrs ago. It’s very basic, but hopefully will get us going. The shaded areas are where we are going to install the new LVP flooring.

    The new flooring is Pergo DuraCraft + Wet Protect 7-1/2” wide, 6mm vinyl plank. I’ll snap a few pics of it and post them here.
    We’ve ripped up our existing laminate wood and tile, prepped the concrete slab free of mortar and checked for level. All the base boards have been removed also. Almost ready to begin installing the new flooring but having difficultly deciding where to begin.

    Now, since the old laminate floors were laid N/S, which in our opinion looks the best considering walking in the front door, you have a nice long view to the back of the house. We’d like to go that direction with the new flooring as well.

    The flooring installation guide on the back of the box says to lay directly on concrete slab and not on top of any foam underlayment. Do you agree with that or should we use some sort of barrier, sound or moisture?

    The transitions to the three bathrooms will be LVP to tile. We’ve purchased those transition pieces already.

    I’m sure there’s things I’m leaving out or questions I can’t seem to remember right now. Oh well, they’ll come to me later.

    Thank you so much for your time and any input you have to help make this project a success.


    Joe replied 1 year, 9 months ago 2 Members · 8 Replies
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  • Joe

    November 30, 2021 at 2:15 pm
  • nicholas

    December 3, 2021 at 8:40 am

    Thanks Joe!

    I’ll get right to answering your questions.

    1. After the wife and I talking it over, we’d like to stay with the N/S direction on the planks.

    2. We haven’t decided yet, whether or not to go with the QuietWalk. The wife wants to lay some planks out on concrete and see how it sounds. And then decide if the additional cost is worth it. We live in South MS and get a ton of rain but never have had any moisture issues.

    3. I’m uploading an updated floor plan, identifying those areas you questioned.

    4. I’ve uploaded a picture of the fireplace area. It still has the tile surrounding due to we aren’t sure yet what we want to do with it. We do want to replace all the tile but unsure if we want build a platform in front to raise it up some to give it a more finished look.

    Quick question for you, the flooring instructions say to use a 3/8 in. backer rod around the edges. Is that something that’s needed? This will be our first time installing LVP, have done tile and laminate a few times.

    Also, took a few pics of the plank showing the tongue/groove, and a close-up of the locking system. Hope that helps.

    Thanks so much!

  • Joe

    December 3, 2021 at 11:39 am

    I will have this today!

  • nicholas

    December 3, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    No rush! Thank you for what you do.

  • Joe

    December 3, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    Ok Nick, sounds good!

  • Joe

    December 4, 2021 at 8:12 am

    Nick, there is not a pic of the fireplace on here, do you have one?

  • nicholas

    December 4, 2021 at 9:04 am

    Sorry about that, I must have missed adding it with the others.

    Anyways, here it is.


  • Joe

    December 4, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Here is your blueprint –