Below you will find many of the tools, supplies and materials that I use everyday for my installations. Some of the tools that you see me using in my videos are no longer made. I have posted other tools in there place that I have found to be reasonably priced and high in quality.
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I only suggest things that I would use myself. They must be high quality!!!
Quiet walk is my top choice and I use this all the time.
It really helps with sound deadening, moisture and its anti- microbial.
It has a vapor barrier built in and it can be used over wood subfloors and over concrete slabs.
It also lets the heat through when installed over heated floors.
Here is a video that better explains Quiet Walk
Laminate and Vinyl Plank
Overall I really like to use Mannington products for my installations. They are high quality and they are fairly easy to install In most of my videos these are the products that I am using from the Mannington line
Adura max –
this is a vinyl plank that has a pad attached. It really is a great floor and I truly believe you will think so too. Mannington has several lines of Laminate to choose from and I prefer using their 12mm products. They are easy to install and thick enough to not sound fake.
The seams line up nicely. I always recommend to stay away from 2 strip and 3 strip planks and stay with a plank that has a micro beveled edge. Here is a company that is online and has a good track record and offers great prices.
You can get 5 samples mailed to you for free. Check them out and please let me know if you have any issues.
This is one of my tools that is no longer available. I am also not very happy about that. However, this tapping block that is made by Bullet Tools and is pretty tough.
There are 2 sizes to choose from –
7 inches long and 12 inches long
I would suggest the longer of the two.
This and the pull bar are NOT the tools you want to cheap out on….. You will regret it!
This is another situation where the tool I am using in the video is no longer available. But…. There is a great alternative.
This is another tool made by Bullet Tools and this bar is tough!! It is a little more money, but well worth every penny. I Would not cheap out on this tool, you will regret it!
Here is another one a little less expensive and is also a great pull bar.
Crain tools makes this product and they also put out some good quality tools.
Small Planing Tool
This is the tool that I use to cut the lip off the female tongue. It allows the joints to slide together easily. I use this method in areas where it is hard to get the planks together. for example-
- around door jambs
- the last row
- pretty much anywhere you want
Blades for jigsaw
I really don’t use blades that are designed for laminate. I prefer to use fine cutting blades. These type of blades are great for non chip cutting. I have found that you will use up a specialty blade just as fast as the fine cutting blades.
These blades can be used for Laminate and Vinyl Plank
Laminate and Vinyl Plank Cutter
I use a cutter that shears the plank. I love this tool!!! It is really convenient to have by your side in small areas. It is dust free so you can use it in the house. The time that it saves you from walking out to the garage for every cut is worth its weight in gold.
I save myself a couple of thousand dollars a year on the cost of miter saw blades. Even the best blades are no match for laminate. They dull very quickly. I know this is a larger expense, but if you are installing a large area, that makes it worth it. I’m sure you could sell it when you were done!!
Laminate and Vinyl Plank Cutter
This is another cutter that is a little less expensive. I don’t know much about it , but I have seen pretty good reviews on it.
I know some of my mebers have also bought this and as of now I have not heard any complaints about it.
A jigsaw is really going to be needed to make a lot of the cuts during your installation. You will need it to make cuts around door jambs, vents, around corners and you can use it to cut your long straight cuts along your walls and cabinets. You don’t need a table saw. A jig saw is plenty good!
This is used to roll a carpet edge to your vinyl plank or laminate so you don’t need to use a transition. This is really a great alternative to a transition because it looks nicer and it will save you money.
Also transitions can break over time and this method will stand to the test of time.
I have a video inside Laminate university that will show you how to install this.
This is what I use to attach tack strip to concrete. I usually use 3/4 inch in length but 1 inch will work too!