Construction: Pergo Installation Time-lapse

A task I thoroughly enjoyed!

On May 20, 2014, I began blogging about the construction of my new home in Malaga, WA. You can read all of these posts — and see the time-lapse and walkthrough movies that go with many them — by clicking the new home construction tag.

I got a pleasant surprise yesterday: I actually had fun installing the Pergo laminate wood flooring in my bedroom.

The job was remarkably easy once I got the hang of it. I started on the far left end of the room, positioned a piece about 1/8 inch from the wall, and slipped the tongue at the top into the groove of the previous piece at about a 30° to 45° angle. Then I gently rocked it up and down until is snapped down into place. The next piece went pretty much the same way, but also required me to bring the left edge against the right edge of the previous piece and make sure that snapped, too.

Cutting was the most challenging part. Although most cuts were simple straight cuts I did on my miter saw, I did occasionally have to cut around door openings and the like. In some cases, I had to draw pictures of the final piece with measurements. I know that sounds weird, but Pergo pieces can only be installed in one direction and if you screw up a cut, chances are that piece will be unusable as intended. If you’re lucky you can use it for something else. But if you do something seriously dumb — like cut off both ends — the piece becomes garbage. I screwed up two pieces during this installation, which I don’t think is that bad, considering it was my first full room.

Floor Installation
Here’s what the floor looked like when I took my lunch break. I was almost done!

As I worked, I found myself thinking about the sign I’d seen in Lowe’s offering installation at a sale price of 99¢/square foot. I can’t believe people would pay that when it’s so easy to do yourself. Yes, having the right tools does make the job easier — I had a miter saw, a table saw, a special pull bar designed for floating floor installations, and a rubber mallet — but even a battery-powered circular saw with a good blade would have been enough. The way I see it, I had a rewarding DIY day, got to play with my power tools, and saved $288.

If you want to see the narrated time-lapse video, here it is. I figure that if you deduct the amount of time for the two breaks I took while working, I probably put about five hours total into this job. I’m looking forward to finishing up in the living room and hallway — probably next week when the kitchen is done.

6 thoughts on “Construction: Pergo Installation Time-lapse

  1. Fantastic! Loved the narrated time lapse. You amaze me, Maria, with all that you’re able to do (unlike me with the darn accident years ago that limits things like this).

    So thrilled to see all this for your home. Must be such a good feeling to do so much of this yourself. Truly remarkable (not because you’re a woman, but ANYONE!), and I love it all, too. You’ll have such a lovely home, and it’s well on its way… getting closer and closer now to being finished!

    • Thanks, Shirley.

      I tell you, my knees are not what they used to be. I joke around that the stairs I climb to get into my new home will keep me young, but what I’m starting to think is that they’ll convince me to get new knees sooner. :-(

      Still, I find this work incredibly rewarding. Even the tile, which I detested doing — when I look down at that floor and see how good it came out, I know it was worth all the effort.

    • Thanks very much. Took me a while to figure out how to add the narration without using something like Final Cut Pro. (Which would be like using a chainsaw to cut a 1×1.)

    • I started work on the baseboard around my desk. I’ve got the tools for it and have finally figured out the mix of stains to get the right color. It shouldn’t be too tough to finish. I hope.

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