Process to replace all flooring?

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Mon May 28, 2012 8:09 am

I am ready to tackle replacing all of my flooring. The cheap, crappy carpet the builder installed is cheap crappy carpet! LOL! And, they used railroad spikes to nail the perimeters down.

Right now, all is carpeted except for kitchen & laundry which is linoleum. Previous owner smoked and was severely arthritic - so there are burn marks all over the linoleum.

My intent is carpet for the living room + front bath - then faux wood everywhere else. I have to use carpet in the living room as the marriage joint is not exactly perfect - so faux wood wouldn't lay down well.

It would be great to replace it all at once - but that is kind of impractical at the moment. I can't exactly move the whole house out on the lawn! LOL

So, I need to do this in sections and kind of in this order....

living room + front bath,
kitchen + laundry room
master bedroom+bath+closet
bedroom 2
bedroom 3

Is this practical? How do I handle the transitions from carpet to faux wood during the incomplete time? Do I just cut the existing carpet back a few inches??
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Mon May 28, 2012 4:24 pm

I noticed in your post that you plan to put in carpet in a bathroom. I would advise you to use vinyl tiles or sheet vinyl anywhere you might encounter water(kitchen, bathroom, laundry area)
Carpet in a "wet" area can get moldy over time or quickly if you develop a leak.
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Mon May 28, 2012 8:18 pm

Yes, go with vinyl in the bathrooms. Much easier to clean up "accidents."
How bad is the marriage joint? Could it be sanded down, or a liquid leveling compound be used? I would try to get the joint as smooth as possible, even under carpet.
As for transitions, you could fasten down some scrap wood temporarily, but it would have to be thin to reduce the trip hazard.

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Sat Jun 02, 2012 1:28 pm

I would just like to share my 2 cents about faux wood flooring. My previous home had a faux wood floor which they called a laminate floor. It is beautiful and there is no maintenance to speak of however if you have young children or older adults you may want to reconsider. I took a spill one day on my floor and the result was a ripped up meniscus and a torn ACL of my right knee. It took 2 operations to fix everything. The moral of the story is a laminate floor does not give one iota but what comes in contact with the floor will which in my case was my knee.

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Sun Jun 03, 2012 7:00 pm

Looking at the dates, you probably already have handled your transition areas. But to answer the question, I would tack the carpet down right next to the laminate until I was there with the transition piece in hand before cutting the carpet back. I use a 7/32" crown pneumatic stapler for carpet work. I imagine roofing nails, carpet tack strip or carpet bar would hold the carpet down until you are ready to install the transition. I wouldn't buy anything though. A thin strip of 1/4" plywood would work. Heck, duct tape might work!
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