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Floor Tile to Hardwood Laminate Flooring Conversion

Updated on August 24, 2020
Before...
Before...
After. Not complete yet, but it looks much better already
After. Not complete yet, but it looks much better already

Ordinarily this type of flooring takes a few hours, even with beginners, and the job is done.

This was a rescued pile of boards. They were in good shape and were previously installed in this same house. They were leftover from a renovation, and had spent 8 years living under a dog crate.

Previously used, previously cut, needed to be sorted before use. Normal boards have a male oriented layout, and a female layout. The female side needs to engage the male side, and then get married to the left. Repeat.

Had to layout across room to determine layout requirements
Had to layout across room to determine layout requirements
Evaluation of work needed
Evaluation of work needed
Four piles of tile
Four piles of tile
Trim needs to be removed
Trim needs to be removed
Edge of room at stairwell
Edge of room at stairwell

The old floor needed to be removed. It was glued down so needed to heat the glue with a heat gun. Then, a sturdy scraper and bar was used to keep tile from readhering to the floor.

It was a long process. I did the first batch alone. Took about three minutes to remove a tile. With help, it was a lot faster.

Removing Trim

Tools
Tools
Tools
Tools
Remove trim, then label location with tape
Remove trim, then label location with tape
Trim removed
Trim removed
Initially, I hung the strips of trim on some coat hooks, but banging later made them fall into my head. Needed a hardhat.
Initially, I hung the strips of trim on some coat hooks, but banging later made them fall into my head. Needed a hardhat.

Tools to remove trim. Hammer, bar. Remove old trim very carefully. Label so you can reapply it to finished wall later.

Heat, scrape and remove
Heat, scrape and remove

Measure Starting Point

After measuring, we ended up redoing the first piece so it would fit pretty under door jamb. This required using multi tool to remove enough wood to insert flooring underneath


I thought I should bring over some of my planks from home, but my daughter's planks were a different width. And a different color due to a difference of brand. A brand
I thought I should bring over some of my planks from home, but my daughter's planks were a different width. And a different color due to a difference of brand. A brand
Comes precut and in lengths
Comes precut and in lengths

See How They Fit Together

Connects in groove, then slides sideways to lock together
Connects in groove, then slides sideways to lock together
Block to lock
Block to lock
Trim back on.
Trim back on.

Done.

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