What’s your track record for efficiency when you tackle a project?
How much thought and preparation do you invest, so as to be able to maximize your resources of Time, Energy, Money, and materials?
Do you “Re-create the wheel” with every “Do-It-Yourself” adventure?
How many times do you have to return to Lowes for unanticipated missing tools and/or parts?
Below is decent method from conception to completion with satisfying efficiency.
You can apply this method for ANY project large or small – Even building a skyscraper!
Here’s the bad news – It’s gonna require commitment and discipline . . . no “winging it”.
“They” say that installing LVP is easy.
LVP is Luxury Vinyl Plank Waterproof flooring, and “They” are being truthful as long as you:
- are able to find a source for materials with a good selection to buy the stuff at a reasonable price. If you’re in Middle TN, I’ll save you some angst . . . Just go to https://www.flooranddecor.com/ in Hickory Hollow. (I opted for NUCORE planks which already have a cork underlayment at a cost of $2.50/SF) I’m sure they are also in other markets. Amazing Inventory and great folks.
- Carefully measure ALL areas you intend to cover including closets and under appliances . . . Add up the square footage and multiply it by 1.10 – At least 10% more than you think you need. Once you have that number calculated . . . Take a break. Do some other chores, and then do the measurements again. Invariably, you’ll discover an area you missed or a miscalculation. If you then find yourself with 2 different numbers . . . measure it all a 3rd time . . . Rinse Lather Repeat until you get the same number twice – AND have a vehicle with enough capacity to get the stuff home. That was easy for my F150 – The pallet loaded right into the bed
- Do some diligence around the “accessories” and tools you’ll need to finish the installation nicely (Baseboards – 1/4 round – Transition strips for thresholds – rubber mallet – tape measure – Carpenter’s square – Pliers – Jigsaw – broom – vacuum – and in my case 5, gallons of Kilz)
- “Stage” your materials in the rooms you are installing. This stuff comes in 4’x6″x4″ boxes and each box covers @ 28 SF
- Assess the furniture situation – Working space. How/where will you move the furniture? I chose to do one room at a time and found that I could move the furniture to one side of the room while laying the other – Then moved the furniture on the new. Upon completion of the installation, I rearranged the furniture and took out the “trash” (All the stuff I realized is functional obsolete for my life).
- Prepare the space! Build in time to deal with SURPRISES! This could mean anything from removing carpets, old vinyl, underlayment and is sure to present you some surprises. In my case, I discovered that 2/3 of the floors were covered with no fewer than 3 layers of vinyl GLUED to the sub-floor. I then discovered that there were some places with different subfloor thickness along with a significant water leak emanating from the bathroom shower and passing under the tile floor and under the vinyl thereby presenting a presence of significant mold. I sealed the source of the leak and gave it a couple weeks to fully dry out and then decided to clean and paint ALL of the exposed subfloor with Kilz to eliminate any other foul odors.
- READ the DIRECTIONS (Plans and specifications) – Study them and get the project right beginning with the proper placement of the 1st plank carefully observing the 1/4″ gap at the wall. As you go, be sure to measure every cut TWICE being sure to have the correct orientation.