Step 8: Trim out the floor

Trimming out the floor.
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Measure the walls that require shoe molding and cut the molding to length using a backsaw and miter box. For corners, join the molding at a 45-degree angle.

Never nail the molding to the flooring, which would prevent the cork from floating with changes in the weather. To ensure that your nails aim true into the baseboard and to prevent the molding from splitting, drill 1/16-inch pilot holes every 12 inches through the shoe molding. Fasten the molding to the baseboard with 4d finish nails.

Reinstall any doorway saddle. If the saddle doesn't sit flush on the floor in the next room, fill the gap with a narrow length of flat stock or quarter-round molding.

If you removed the cabinet toekicks before installation, trim their height by the thickness of the new floor and reinstall them.

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    Tools List

    • straightedge guide
      Straightedge and clamps
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw,
      to cut flooring
    • ryoba saw
      Flush-cutting backsaw,
      or ryoba saw, to trim door casings
    • mallet
      Hammer or mallet
    • flat prybar
      Pry bar
    • miterbox with saw
      Miter box and drill/driver,
      to cut and install shoe molding)

    Shopping List

    1. FLOORING

    Measure the square footage of your space, then add 10 percent to that number to account for off cuts.



    2. MOLDING

    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