In a kitchen installation, remove the cabinet toekicks if possible so you can run the cork under the cabinets. If the kick is stationary, plan to install the flooring up to within ½ inch of the toekick. This gap can be hidden in the finish step.
Installation over concrete, such as in a basement, requires the removal of any baseboard so you can cover the slab with 6-mil polyethylene sheeting and run it 3 inches up the wall. Overlap the sheeting's seams by 8 inches and seal them with tape.
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Straightedge and clamps
to cut flooring
or ryoba saw, to trim door casings
Hammer or mallet
Miter box and drill/driver,
to cut and install shoe molding)
Measure the square footage of your space, then add 10 percent to that number to account for off cuts.
to mask the expansion gap
3. 1/2-INCH SPACERS
You can make these by cutting up a scrap piece of plywood.
4. 4D FINISH NAILS
to fasten the show molding
5. POLYETHYLENE SHEETING
to act as a moisture barrier if youa re installing the flooring over concrete