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  • Carlos

    Member
    May 27, 2024 at 11:58 am

    Joe, besides de starting point for the LVP, I’ll have several other questions. Should I post them here too?

    • Joe

      Administrator
      May 28, 2024 at 10:27 am

      yes, post them here.

  • Joe

    Administrator
    May 28, 2024 at 10:33 am
  • Carlos

    Member
    May 28, 2024 at 10:12 pm

    HI Joe, thanks for replying. Yes, I agree with the starting point being Bedroom #1 (upper left corner of my floorplan). I draw some planks in that room just to show you the direction I wanted them to be. I’m ready to start. I have several questions, I will list them below:

    01. Measurements were taken wall to wall. Do you need me to take from the framing? The house currently has no baseboards.

    02. I’ll be using underlayment. Should I put underlayment in the whole floor first? Or as I go?

    03. Do you need me to post the width of 10 planks as you showed in one of your videos? I will be using LIFEPROOF, I will take a picture of the four sides and post them here.

    04. Are stairs a separate job or do I have to do them in sequence? Once I finish the upper fllor, can I move to the next and do the stairs at the end?

    05. What tools will I need? I understand I will need a tapping block and a pull bar, I’d appreciate if you could provide a few links. Or should I just go ahead and purchase the ones you recommend in your website?

    Thanks. Can’t wait to start. Please let me know if you need any additional info.

  • Joe

    Administrator
    May 29, 2024 at 10:28 am
    • Carlos

      Member
      May 29, 2024 at 1:16 pm

      Hi Joe, thanks for the great video. I watched it, but I’ll watch it again. There’s a lot of information there.

      I already have most of the tools, like the oscillating tool, utility knifes, knee pads and everything. I will buy the spacers you recommended and the tapping block. I have a hammer, will send you a picture for you to see if that’s ok for this kind of job.

      I will watch the videos you recommended and I am sure more questions will come once I start.

      One thing I did not share is that I’ll be working alone.

      You mentioned I can use an utility knife or a jigsaw to cut the planks. Can I use a miter saw to cut the planks? Or is it not practical?

      Thanks again.

    • Carlos

      Member
      June 1, 2024 at 6:16 am

      Hey Joe, I watched this video a couple of times now while waiting for all my tools to arrive. Still a few questions:

      01. In your recording at 14:14, in which video you show how to put the scrap pieces? I know that you usually screw them to the subflooring. In my case, I’d just screw thru the pad, right?

      02. TImeline 18:30 in the recording. It is probably a silly question, but why do I need this hallway line once I have already started and I am almost halfway through?

      03. Once I get to the point shown in 17:11 and the yellow circle that you pointed out, can I still mess up the alignment?

      Thanks

      • This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by  Carlos.
  • Joe

    Administrator
    May 29, 2024 at 10:28 am

    here is a great video to watch that is using a plank with the same locking system as yours – https://youtu.be/4Gy_f0uPow8

  • Joe

    Administrator
    May 29, 2024 at 3:15 pm

    yes, a miter saw is perfect

  • Carlos

    Member
    May 29, 2024 at 11:08 pm

    Hey Joe, I took pictures of my plank and it looks like the configuration is like this. Am I right?

  • Carlos

    Member
    May 30, 2024 at 12:13 am

    Joe, I use Sketchup to draw my floorplan and I can simulate on computer where to snap the hallway line before snapping the actual line. Center line does not work as it leaves a little over an inch on each side. I measured the width of up to 10 planks. Here it is:

    1 plank – 8 5/8″
    2 planks -17 5/8″
    3- 26″
    4- 34 5/8″
    5- 43 5/16″
    6- 52″
    7- 60 3/4″
    8- 69 3/8″
    9- 78 1/16″
    10- 86 3/4″

    The hallway width is 37 3/8″. Please see attached image that shows where would the planks land with the line in center of hallway. Planks are in red and the snapped line in blue.

  • Carlos

    Member
    May 30, 2024 at 12:19 am

    This is how it looks like if I move the line about 4 1/2″ to the left.

    By the way, what you say the plank should hit the door jamb, how deep should it hit? Like, how many inches into the door jamb?

  • Joe

    Administrator
    May 30, 2024 at 8:25 am
    • Carlos

      Member
      May 30, 2024 at 9:31 am

      Hi Joe, thanks for replying. It’s been very helpful. I know I have a lot of questions, but once I start, I’ll get the hang of it.

      I have this hammer, how is this different from the ones you suggested?

      https://www.estwing.com/product/rubber-mallet-hammer-black-gray/

      Another question. To get the staggered look, do you follow a formula or pattern? I’ve attached an image. The red plank is my very first plank leaning against the wall, right? If I use a full plank, then the others should be off, how large should the ones in green, for example? Should I cut a bunch ahead to save time and what size?

  • Joe

    Administrator
    May 30, 2024 at 9:56 am
  • Carlos

    Member
    May 31, 2024 at 12:00 am

    Hi Joe, I did some more simulations and it seems that I found the sweetspot and hit the jackpot! Or not. I am able to hit both doorways (red) and I get a 3/8″ gap on both sides (green). Is that too risky to have that gap covered by the baseboard? I was not planning on using quarter round, just the baseboards. Or should I move the line (blue) a couple of inches to either side?

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by  Carlos.
  • Carlos

    Member
    May 31, 2024 at 12:08 am

    Another question: I know we want to avoid slim pieces, like 1-2″ wide planks. What if we get a 1-2″ gap in the other direction, across the plank? Do you know what I mean? We are laying a full row of planks and we get to cut a very short piece at the end?

  • Joe

    Administrator
    May 31, 2024 at 9:16 am
  • Carlos

    Member
    June 1, 2024 at 8:43 pm

    Hi Joe,

    I’ve been playing with the hallway line and if I move it a bit, I either end up having a full plank inside my door jamb or a less than 1″ wide plank at the end of the room.

    I figure that if I start 3/8″ from the wall, it will end on the other side with a 1/4 gap. Here’s an image of how the planks would be in the door jambs. I think it is pretty good.

    If I choose the take this route, can I start my very first row in the left wall using the spacers? In this case, would I need to screw the scrap pieces?




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