Do-it-Yourself: How to Install Click-Lock Floating Hardwood Floors

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Floating hardwood floors are made up of floorboards that have special fittings along the edges that click them tightly against one another, so they can form the plane of the floor without using glue or nails. This has the advantage of allowing installation over just about any hard, flat surface without altering that surface. The floor trim around the perimeter of the room holds down the edges.

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Things you need

  • Hammer
  • Pry bar
  • Moisture barrier
  • Razor knife
  • Shims
  • Tape measure
  • Mitre saw
  • Table saw
  • Trim nailer

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  1. 1

    Pry off the floor trim from the edges of the room, using your hammer and pry bar. Don't break it. Set it aside.

  2. 2

    Roll out a strip of moisture barrier along the edge of the room where you want to start, over the whole length of the floor. Cut it at the end to fit, using a razor knife.

  3. 3

    Lay the first floorboard next to the wall, at one end. Set shims next to the board to hold it slightly out from the wall.

  4. 4

    Press a second board off the end of the first until they click tightly together. Repeat, laying the boards end to end from each other along the edge of the floor, adding shims as you go to keep them out from the wall.

  5. 5

    Cut the last board in the row on a mitre saw to fit at the end.

  6. 6

    Set the second course of boards alongside the first, snapping them together on their sides. Position them so the ends don't line up between courses. Cut the last board as needed.

  7. 7

    Repeat and continue, working your way across the floor. Cut the last boards lengthwise, using a table saw, so they fit along the last wall with about 3/8 inch left.

  8. 8

    Reinstall the floor trim, using your trim nailer. The trim will cover the spaces by the walls.

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