Parquet Floors 3 - Preparation Parquet Floors 3 - Preparation

What You'll Need
Carpenter's pencil
Eye protection
Hammer
Pry bar and wood wedge
Utility knife
Extension cords (heavy duty)
Heavy duty shop vacuum
Chalk line and chalk
Fan(s)
Jigsaw
Tape measure
Notched trowel
Carpenter's square
150 lb. roller
Ear protectors
Handsaw
Respirator/face mask

Installing a Parquet Floor

Some people look at parquet floors, with all the small, beautiful inlaid pieces, and think, "What patience and skill the installer must have had!" Actually, patience and great skill is no longer needed to install this beautiful flooring. Quite the opposite is true. It is one of the simpler do-it-yourself projects. This is because all those little pieces have been prefabricated together into larger tiles. Because of this, and the fact that it comes pre-finished, it is no more difficult to install than vinyl floor tiles.

What You Will Need


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Time

Plan on approximately 10 to 15 work hours to complete a 9' x 12' room, longer if underlayment is needed. This can be a one person task.

Materials

If adding an underlayment before laying your floor:

  • Leveling compound
  • Particle board or luan mahogany plywood
  • 6-penny ring shank nails

If you are only laying the parquet:

  • Mastic or adhesive
  • Reducer strip
  • Parquet tiles
  • Adhesive cleaning solvent
  • Plywood Rags


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