To fill in the pieces in the first course, place a spacer against the wall, and measure from it to the last plank installed.
Mark this measurement on a new plank, starting at the grooved end so it will mate with the tongue of the last plank. Cut the plank to length.
Apply glue to the end groove of the new piece, and install.
Slip a pry bar between the end of the plank and the spacer and lever the joint together. Then push the piece down in place. Remove excess glue with a damp cloth.
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Flush-cut dovetail saw,
to trim door casings
for cutting flooring and molding to length
Jigsaw or circular saw,
to rip flooring to width
Hammer and nail set,
for tapping planks together and installing molding
to pry last plank into place
for coping molding's inside corners
sold in bundles of 11 to 30 square feet. Calculate the square footage of the room, then add 10 percent to account for off-cuts
2. FOAM UNDERLAYMENT
sold in 3- or 4-foot-wide rolls
3. DUCT TAPE
to seal foam underlayment seams
4. 5/16-INCH SPACERS
to create expansion gaps between flooring and walls
use only the type recommended by the flooring manufacturer
6. PAINTER'S TAPE
7. TRANSITION MOLDING
8. QUARTER-ROUND SHOE MOLDING
9. 1 1/2-INCH (4D) FINISH NAILS
for attaching shoe molding