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I'm going to be installing some vinyl plank flooring, and it happens to be exactly the same thickness as the wood planks I'll be removing. It would really convenient if I could just slide it under the baseboards without removing the baseboards from the wall.

I found some instructions here that explain how to do exactly what I want. The key is that, instead of a traditional pull bar, you use an adhesive tool that sticks to the top of the plank while you tap it into place. That way you don't have to fit a pull bar under the baseboards.

It seems to me that the planks would end up being pushed against the wall on two sides of the room as new planks are tapped into place. Do you have any suggestions for maintaining a gap on all sides of the floor?

Have any of you tried this technique? How did it go?

  • Follow up: The project is done. I had to remove a few baseboards that were slightly too low. Also, I found it was easier to remove the baseboard on the last wall in each room, rather than fighting each plank along that wall into place with the sticky pull bar. However, the sticky pull bar was extremely useful in a few situations. I recommend having one on hand when installing a floating floor, just in case. – mrog Jan 2 at 19:27
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Mark the new plank with a depth line and measure the gap under the baseboard. Put masking tape on the plank so the line comes off after.

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