INSTALL AN INSULATED
An oscillating tool like the Rockwell SoniCrafter makes quick work of
undercutting door jambs to allow clearnace for the new floor.
The cork is easiest to install by
connecting the long joints first.
A Lam-Hammer is even faster to
use than a hammer and pull bar.
a notched block that misses the
cork and only connects with the
engineered wood core of the
panel. A scrap block of mating
cork flooring can also serve as a
When beginning the second
row, begin with a partial panel
that staggers the joint at least
six inches away from the preceding row. Repeat this pattern for
the following rows so there is
always a 6-inch minimum set-back between the seams of
adjoining rows. A table saw can
make most of the rips and cross-cuts, although a jigsaw is a
handy tool for making small cuts
and notches in the floor boards.
To pass pipes and other obstacles through the floor, use a pencil to trace the cut location. Find
the center point and drill a hole
slightly larger than the obstruction. Then, saw the panel in two
parts so the cut passes through
the center of the drilled hole.
Install the floor panel one piece
at a time, re-assembling it
around the obstacle.
Occasionally, you’ll have to
undercut a door jamb; use a
flush-cut saw, an oscillating tool
or even a hammer and sharp
wood chisel. Doors will also
need to be trimmed, so pop
them off a hinge and onto a couple of sawhorses. A handheld
circ saw and a homemade saw
guide work well for this.
Complete the field of the floor,
ripping the last row to width and
closing the final T&G joints by
pulling the panels away from the
wall with a hammer and pull bar
or, even better, a Lam-hammer
( www.lam-hammer.com). Floors
larger than 27 feet will require
an expansion gap, and you’ll
need T-molding to hide the
expansion gap. Once the floor
is installed, hide the transition
around the room edges with
baseboard trim and/or quarter-round.
MODULAR FLOOR TILES
The final touch to the basement floor was an area rug comprised of modular carpet tiles
from Flor Inc. ( www.flor.com).
These 50-centimeter squares
are available in a huge array of
colors and styles. We chose
striped tiles in a multi-color pattern to brighten the décor and
add warmth and softness to the
floor. These can be used for wall-to-wall carpeting or to accent certain areas of the floor. An added
Talk about easy—modular carpet
tiles couldn’t be simpler to install.