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# measuring for laminate floor

## measuring for laminate floor

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10-27-00, 07:02 PM
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I know that this is a silly question, but I would like to surprise my husband and I cannot ask him. We are buying a new house and would like to install laminate flooring in the dining room. I know that the wood is sold in cases (we bought and installed in our current house). Home Base has oak planks on sale for \$1.99 per sq.feet and I need to know how many packs I need to cover the area. Can you guys tell me how to measure the room correctly? (P.S. After I butter him up I will break the news that he has to install it....). Any help? Kris

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10-28-00, 09:14 AM
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If the floor is a rectangle, just measure the length and width. Multiply the two numbers. Add 10%. Then round up again to the nearest multiple of boxes. If any doubts, but more since you can always return unopened boxes. For example, if your dining room is 12 feet by 12 feet, you have 144 square feet. Add 10% to get 159 feet. If the flooring comes in boxes of 20 square feet each, you'll need eight boxes. I'd buy nine anyway and plan to take one back.

Be sure to acclimate for several days before installing, and make sure your husband reads the installation instructions carefully, especially the part about expansion gaps around the edges, and the need to avoid attaching it to the subfloor anywhere.

Also buy the correct amount of other materials you need -- glue, underlayment, tools, etc.

Why are you going to make your husband install it? If you really want to surprise him, install it yourself!

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By the way, you didn't ask for this advise, but I feel compelled to point out that you may want to investigate something better than the \$1.99 stuff at Home Base. Check out Wilson Art.

[This message has been edited by John Nelson (edited October 28, 2000).]

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10-28-00, 04:02 PM
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John gave you great advice. I agree that you should shop around. There is a saying in the flooring business: There is nothing good that's cheap and nothing cheap that's good. Shop for a quality product as you will get better performance.