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 Flooring Basics
Does the cost of professionally installed carpet, vinyl or hardwood have you floored? Whether you're eyeing new ceramic tile for the bathroom, a sturdy laminate for the family room, or a repair to the parquet in the foyer, do it yourself, and do it right, with this all-in-color guide to the basics. Even total beginners will effortlessly navigate these detailed and reassuringly simple instructions, while loads of illustrations and photographs make the entire process easy-to-follow. With all the tips, tools, and tricks-of-the-trade right on hand, you'll know which special tools to buy and which to rent; how to remove the old stuff and make way for the new; how to select from the dizzying array of new materials on the market; and what to do to get lasting results. (For example, without a vapor barrier, that beautiful new hardwood will buckle in no time.) Plus: dozens of money-saving ways to fix up existing flooring.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Does the cost of professionally-installed carpet or hardwood have you floored? Do it yourself, do it for less, and do it right. Whether you're eyeing new ceramic tile or sturdy laminates, the tricks of the trade are here: find out whether you can salvage what you have and what's available to replace it, if you must. Prepare for installation by removing old floors and laying down cementboard or underlayment. Learn how to put in new ones from parquet to vinyl. Plus: Charts for cross-checking average costs.

I was a bit disappointed that this book didn't go into more details. There's nothing on how to carpet steps. Also, the section on laminate doesn't mention the glueless type. This seems to be a common failing of a lot of do-it-yourself type books. Otherwise, I did get some useful information from this book.

  Date Published 12/1/2003

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