Step 4: Check the Subfloor

using a straightedge and some scrap flooring to check that the subfloor is flat and even
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Pry up the flooring inside the routed groove, then remove the template and tape. Make sure that the subfloor is flat and even by laying a straightedge across the cutout and sliding a piece of scrap flooring underneath. If necessary, smooth the subfloor with 40-grit sandpaper and a random-orbit sander.

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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill with a hole saw or hammer and a chisel
    • magnetic nail finder
      Magnetic nail finder
    • router
      Router with ½-inch bearing-over bit
    • nailset
      Nailset
    • flat prybar
      Pry bar
    • straightedge guide
      Straightedge
    • random orbit sander
      Random-orbit sander
    • notched trowel
      3/16-inch V-notch trowel
    • mallet
      Rubber mallet

    Shopping List

    1. Floor medallion

    2. 1-inch painter's tape

    3. Double-stick carpet tape

    4. 40-grit sandpaper for sander5. Moisture-cure urethane floor adhesive

    6. Urethane adhesive remover