What you will find

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 used and found to be reasonably priced and high in quality.

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I only recommend tools that I would use myself and they must be of high quality!!!

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Spacers

I have never been a fan of spacers until now. These spacers are very easy to use and they ACTUALLY WORK! Watch the video so you can see for yourself how these can help you with your installation.

 

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Tapping Block

This tapping block is super tough and is made of thick plastic that gives this tool the weight it should have. It can be used for delicate tapping and it can be used with brut force. I really like using this tool and this thing is tough!

The tapping block and the pull bar are NOT the tools to cheap out on…. You will regret it!

Pull Bar

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 use this under cabinets, along walls for the last row, at the end of a row and hard to get at areas. 

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Crain Knuckle Bar

This Pull Bar is Super Tough and a great alternative to the Pull Bar I use. I do prefer the Pull Bar from Bullet Tools, but this is a little cheaper in price and will get the job done!

The tapping block and the pull bar are NOT the tools to cheap out on…. You will regret it!

9" EZ Shear by Bullet Tools

This shear is cuts plank up to 9 inches wide and comes in a little cheaper then the 13 inch shear. This is a tough shear and cutting very easy. 

There are many cutters on the market to choose from, just be aware, you get what you pay for. 

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13" EZ Shear by Bullet Tools

This is the shear I have used for quite a few years. It cuts plank up to 13 inches wide and it is tough! This is a tough shear and makes cutting easy. 

There are many cutters on the market to choose from, just be aware, you get what you pay for. 

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CLC Leather Kneepads

These kneepads are a great alternative to Pro Knees. These are my go to knee pads when I am installing carpet. They attach to my knee with one strap and they are easy to maneuver around in. I have used this type of knee pad for 30 years. Pro Knees are still my go to for ALL hard surface installations.

Pro Knees

By far these are the best knee pads on the market. They are very comfortable with the foam that is an inch thick. The straps do not dig into the back of your legs and are very easy to connect. These will last forever and I use them at home and work! 

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Quiet Walk for Laminate

This pad is complete with a sound barrier, vapor barrier and it is resists mold and mildew with its Anti Microbial Treatment. It is EASY to install and feels great under your feet. It is  the thicker version of Quiet Walk Pad meant for Laminate.

Quiet Walk for Vinyl Plank

This pad is complete with a sound barrier, vapor barrier and it is resists mold and mildew with its Anti Microbial Treatment. It is EASY to install and feels great under your feet. It is the thinner version of Quiet Walk and is good to use under ALL LVP. 

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Fasten Master Glue Gun

This is the Glue Gun I use to attach transitions to the floor. I use it to glue scrap pieces down to secure the floor in a plank installation. I use it to attatch wood planks to the floor under cabinets, along walls where the nail gun cannot reach. This can also be used for so many things other than flooring. 

Adtec Glue Gun

This is a alternative to the Fasten Master Glue Gun. It works well with the Fasten Master Glue sticks. I have tested this glue gun and I find it to be a good glue gun that has done what I have asked of it. I do feel my Fasten Master is a bit better and I would recommend that over this if you are a Pro.  

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Fasten Master Glue Sticks

These are not the glue sticks that you buy at Walmart or any of the Big Box Stores for that matter. I use these to install transitions, for gluing  scrap pieces down when securing the floor on concrete and for a variety of other things. These are amazing!!

They are meant to stick to the concrete and to the vinyl plank and are a great alternative to using a hammer drill. 

Masterweld 948

This is the adhesive I use for setting transitions. It is a superior adhesive with great holding power and it dries very quickly. It adheres well to plastic, concrete and wood. 

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Shark Knife

I have been using this Utility Knife for years and I absolutely love it. It is very durable, blades are easy to change, it holds 10 blades and it fits in the hand very well. 

Linoleum Knife/AKA -Tuck Knife

This is the best multi purpose tool you will ever own! Your welcome!! I use this tool for almost anything. If you have watched my videos, I am sure you seen me use it!

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CLC Tool Pouch

This is the tool pouch I use. It fits on your side easily and can carry multiple tools. I mainly keep my utility knife, tuck knife, marker and pen in there. You can also hang your tape measure from the clip. 

Oscillating tool Blades

These blades come in a 24 pack and are packaged in a convient plastic tube. These type of blades are crazy expensive in the big box stores. These blades are just as good, if not better than the blades found at the big bo stores.

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Ardex Feather Finish

This is the only Floor Patch I use and it NEVER fails me. I do use modified thin set for deep filling and then this to finish it off. 

Henry's 549

This is pretty much the same thing as Ardex Feather Finish and is also sold at Lowe’s and Home Depot.

Small Planing Tool

 

This is the tool that I use to cut the lip off the groove. 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
  • closets
  • hallways
  • 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

Jigsaw

 

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!

Z Bar

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.

Fluted Nails

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!

Here are some Misc. tools I use

I bought this packout and really was not sure what to expect. I really wanted an easier system then what I was using so I gave it a try. 

Within a week I was back at the store buying another complete packout, along with a couple other packout attachments for screws, nails and a lot of my other misc. items. 

THIS THING IS TOUGH! 

I have made my life so much easier now that I have it. switching out tools from my truck to the shop is quick and very organized.

The wheels are very ridgid and have survived 2 Northern Minnesota Winters so far. I really could not be more pleased. 

About 2 years ago my son added this to our trailer. We needed something to keep our drills, drill bits, screw tips, batteries and charger in. Something easy to grab and bring into the job. 

I kinda laughed at him for buying it cause it’s a backpack. How long could this thing possibly last? Well, it has been 2 years now and we use this thing everyday. The Zippers are still strong as ever and there is not one rip or tear in this thing. 

This backpack is really tough and I really like how handy it is to have.

We always carry 2 drills in this(an impact and a hammer drill) along with 2 or 3 five amp batteries and a fast charger. Along with jigsaw blades, a box for screw tips and 2 boxes of drill bits. 

This is the impact screw gun I use and I like it! It has a ton of power and I really like the adjusting speeds it has. 

I really have put this tool to the test and it has lasted me a long time. I screw down a lot of subfloor on my jobs and I also install a lot of cement board and this tool has never overheated on me. 

I have never smelt any burning in the motor or have had any problems with the trigger. 

It is an all around great tool. 

Very nice tool to have. I have had to cut a thousand door jambs with this tool and it keeps on ticking. 

It is easy to change blades without any tools and I have never overheated this tool. Believe me, I have definetely put it to the test where I feel it should have overheated. 

It has multiple speeds that you can choose from just by spinning the dial on the side. 

This is a hammer drill/driving drill/drilling. 

It works very well and is overall a great drill. The hammer selection gets the job done however, if you have a lot of drilling to do then you might want to consider a hammer drill that is corded. 

This drill works well for hammering, it just does not quite do it quite as fast as I would like. 

I do use the hammer mode alot and have never had any issue with it. It is nice to have in the arsenal of tools because of the convience of the battery. 

Most of my tools are battery now andit really is nice to pull this out for the need to drill a few holes. 

WOW!!! Now this is a great light to have! I use this at work, home, camping, hunting camp, working on the car…..

It is super bright and it is very convienent.

I have two of these and they both get a lot of use.

This light can be used with battery or with a cord and does NOT charge the battery when it has a cord attatched. They do sell one now that does charge the battery but, I really did not see the need to pay the extra money for that feature.

I usually use this light in situations that a cord is not used.

This is the jigsaw I have been using for almost two years now. It has been another good tool that I can’t complain about at all. 

It has a quick changing blade and also variable speeds. 

It also has other adjustments to cut different angles.