Re: enginered wood flooring
The only things you need to worry about are to make sure all the tack strip nails are removed, low/high spots floated to prevent flexing and a hollow "knock" as you walk across the floor, scr-ape the entire floor to make sure it is clean and smooth, and finally vacuum so that no grit or sharp things are left to poke holes in the vapor barrier.
Baseboards do not have to come off if you will be using quarter round to hide the edge of the flooring. IMHO, a cleaner look is to run the flooring under the baseboard and omit the shoe/quarter round altogether. To tuck the floor under the base you will need to remove it before the floor goes down.
Definitely will need a vapor barrier and probably padding. Check the manufacturer's recommendations, as this is the only thing that matters to maintain your warranty.
Last edited by A. Spruce; 08-16-2012 at 03:50 AM.
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