Tricks of the Trade
Full Spread Installation of Resilient Flooring
Have you ever had a problem with an adhesive ridge telegraphing through where you have lapped the vinyl in half, spread the adhesive on both halves, placed the vinyl into the adhesive, rolled with the proper weighted roller only to find a slightly visible ridge line on the materials surface where the product was folded in half?
After you have carefully lapped the material, strike a straight line with a white chalk line (Photo1), spread adhesive to the line and place the material into the adhesive (Photo2); after proper open time, place the material into the adhesive and roll the half that is adhered to within six inches of where the adhesive line is. Carefully fold, or lap the other half and spread adhesive to within 1/8-inch of the first glue line; do not overlap the new adhesive into the adhesive that has already been spread (Photo3).
The Golf Ball As an Installation Tool
When installing products that are directly adhered to a concrete substrate, I will bounce a golf ball along isolation joints, contraction joints, around areas that have had concrete repairs, stress fractures, or just randomly throughout the slab (Photo 5).
You will also want to address these concerns prior to installation of the flooring materials with the general contractor or end user. Some installers use a steel chain or a steel ball, which is fine, but the golf ball is a simple and convenient method, without having to drag around the ball and chain.
Laminate floors are constantly evolving, and so many individuals and companies are constantly trying to improve on the tools used for laminate flooring.
I have had comments regarding the tap and lock type laminate floors, where the joints tend to come apart from the repercussion of the hammer and tapping block. If you are having difficulty with this, try using a few laminate straps after you have tapped and locked the laminate panel in place (Photo 8).
Also, after tapping in the end joint, tap the long edge, working the tapping block toward the tapped in end joint (Photos 9 and 10). We also use a dead blow hammer to absorb some of the repercussion when installing laminates. So you see, there still is a use for those straps in a glueless world, if you get into a situation where the joints want to open up.