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I'm going to be helping my son lay some vinyl plank style tile in a basement bathroom. This is the stuff with a lap style joint system where the top of the tongue has adhesive on it and the underside of the flap on the backside also has adhesive. Seems to me I've read that these can be tricky to get lined up before the adhesive grabs so I'm curious if any members have experience with them and any tricks or suggestions to offer.

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I'm going to be helping my son lay some vinyl plank style tile in a basement bathroom. This is the stuff with a lap style joint system where the top of the tongue has adhesive on it and the underside of the flap on the backside also has adhesive. Seems to me I've read that these can be tricky to get lined up before the adhesive grabs so I'm curious if any members have experience with them and any tricks or suggestions to offer.
Nope ,the stuff I laid had snap lock T&G. That sounds scary to me. hope it goes good .

Get a centerline of your room and rip the first and last row,so you don't get a tiny narrow rip at the far side, but you know that, don't mean to tell you how to do it.

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Nope ,the stuff I laid had snap lock T&G. That sounds scary to me. hope it goes good .

Get a centerline of your room and rip the first and last row,so you don't get a tiny narrow rip at the far side, but you know that, don't mean to tell you how to do it.

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go ahead and tell him Herb...
it'd be out of character not to...
While writing that, I thought ,what am I doing, Chuck has been around the block and knows how to lay floors, but some of the other readers might find it a useful tip.

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While writing that, I thought ,what am I doing, Chuck has been around the block and knows how to lay floors, but some of the other readers might find it a useful tip.

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While writing that, I thought ,what am I doing, Chuck has been around the block and knows how to lay floors, but some of the other readers might find it a useful tip.

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Exactly. And a friendly reminder never hurts and should always be appreciated. We had a guy a few years ago that joined asking how to cut T & G on the ends of some flooring boards that came with them. We told him that he shouldn't need to, that the end you cut off is the one you start the next row with. He then admitted that he had lined up all the joints so that the pieces he had cut off couldn't be reused that way and he was going through a lot more flooring than he expected. After I told him you should never do it that way and there really was no good way to recover from it we never heard from him again. All I could think of at the time was, if only he had asked first.
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Hi Chuck, I did a floor approx 10 x 18 four or five years ago. It turned out very well and while it was not super easy, it was not that difficult either. After doing the first two or three joints you kind of get the hang of it. Just follow the directions for layout and take your time and it should turn out great!
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Thanks Wes.

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I'm going to be helping my son lay some vinyl plank style tile in a basement bathroom. This is the stuff with a lap style joint system where the top of the tongue has adhesive on it and the underside of the flap on the backside also has adhesive. Seems to me I've read that these can be tricky to get lined up before the adhesive grabs so I'm curious if any members have experience with them and any tricks or suggestions to offer.
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