In order to repair an existing laminate floor you’ll need to first confirm that you have an adequate number of extra pieces to make the repair. Then follow these steps and watch the video above for more details.

  • Remove thresholds or shoe molding that overlap your damaged flooring.
  • Remove damaged pieces of flooring, while protecting the good ones.
  • Sweep off the underlayment.
  • Apply glue to new pieces according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Line up the tongue and groove on each side and slowly tap the new piece between the good pieces that were left in place. Friction increased as more of the edges contact each other
  • Use a scrap from the old boards as a ‘tap block’ to protect the end of the new piece you’re tapping.
  • If cuts are needed, pay attention to the orientation of the tongue and groove.
  • Pieces against the wall should be cut about a quarter inch short for expansion and room to pry it into position.
  • Reinstall thresholds and shoe molding.

Watch the video above to find out more.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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