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MSFFL2021: Install lay flat vinyl floor coverings


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There are two basic methods for installing lay flat vinyl - loose lay and full spread. When the floor covering is laid without any adhesive underneath, it's called loose lay. When it is stuck down with adhesive, it's called full spread.

An alternative to full spread is 'perimeter stick' - where the adhesive is only spread around the perimeter of the floor area.

However, this is not recommended by some manufacturers because it can cause the material to buckle.

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In this section we'll discuss the loose lay and full spread installation methods.

We'll also cover the techniques used to cold weld seams and joins.

And we'll wrap up with the final inspection and clean-up of the finished job.

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Completing this section

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The assignment for this section will ask you various questions relating to the processes involved in installing and finishing off a lay flat flooring project.

Have a look at the Assignment now to see what you'll need to do to complete it. You'll find the link in the menu bar.

Also in the menu bar are links to the lessons for this section:

  • Loose lay installation

  • Full spread installation

  • Cold welding

  • Finishing the job.

These lessons will provide you with background information that will help you with the assignment.

The Just for fun exercise will give you practice on recognising different types of notched trowels used for spreading adhesives.

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