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The Complete Guide to Flooring (Black & Decker) Paperback – July 1, 2003

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Product Details

  • Series: Black & Decker Complete Guide
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing international (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589230922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589230927
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,154,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Holland on May 24, 2005
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I've only helped a neighbour lay a wooden floor before so I needed all the help i could get. This book is informative with good pictures and ideas. It details everything from the tools you need to the different types of flooring and how to lay them

I now feel confident to embark on purchasing and laying my own wooden floor. Highly recommended for a beginner
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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 27, 2004
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I suspect that one of the most insane decisions in my life is deciding to redo my kitchen - on my own. This makes all kinds of practical sense, given what labor costs. But I am incorrigibly un-handy. But in a fit of pseudo-parsimony (you never really save any money doing something yourself - you just buy tools instead of labor) and a determination to recover my macho I have sailed into the unknown of plumbing, cabinetry, plastering, tiling, and, worst of all, flooring.
No sooner did it become obvious that replacing the floor was inevitable than I realized that I was completely clueless about what to use and how to go about it. Of course there is no lack of people who will tell you what they would do, but this is one of those things that you live with forever and it needed to be wholly what I wanted. At this point I scanned the shelf of the local handyman's heaven and found this little cheery volume.
For the most part it's quite practical. Chapters on planning, design, and preparation nurse you through the start up and dreaded removing of the old floor stages. Then there are chapters on hardwood floors, ceramic and stone floors, resilient flooring, and carpeting. More follows on finishing and repair. More than enough to answer the basic questions of how to close the knowledge gap and make a sensible decision about how to proceed.
There are countless photos, and the writing style is clear, even if it is a bit dull. Of course, dull is a good thing when making a major household change. One gets excited when the day is over and the job done, not by unexpected drama in the kitchen. This seems as good a reference as any I've seen, and covers far more than I ever wanted to know. I expect that someday soon my cats will be walking on something entirely new. Complaining as they go, of course.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Karaya on July 27, 2007
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I've bought this book for my laminate floor project. The book turned out to be a disappointment: it gives no more information than I found on a leaflet from a laminate crate. With great details and pictures it explains very basic things, like it targeted for a 6-years old doing his school science project. But it omits really important details and nuances: how to calculate a layout so you wouldn't end up with the 1-inch wide last row, where to use which molding and how to install it, and so on. And if some unexperienced and not technically-inclined person starts his project using only this book, he very quickly may find himself in the troubles, with lot of materials and time wasted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Dorn on October 2, 2010
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This book is great to help you with basic floor projects and designs. Gives information on tools, materials and any misc items needed for any floor project. Has great pics with the instructions. This is my second book, I wore the first one out and had to buy another. I've used it for every floor project we have done in our house. Wonderful book I highly recommend it.
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By S. Bates on February 8, 2014
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This is a good BD how to book with many basic tips for the beginner or do it yourself re-modeler. This is not for the pro or highly skilled in this area, although it may have some good tips or other ways to work on tile or flooring. I found it to be very well written for the beginner or the person wanting to do some basic floor and tile work for do it yourself projects on the home. It had great directions and many good color photos for demonstration purposes. I recommend this book to others for the price here at Amazon.com
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