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I am installing a Cork Plank Floor in my basement. It seems pretty easy but I still have a few questions. The walls in this room were just finished and I just completed the closet. I spent the afternoon removing the carpet and the tack board thingy's that hold the carpet down. Next I will fill the cracks and holes with "TEC Skim coat and patch". After that dries I will lay down a moisture barrier, that looks like plastic drop cloth! Then the floor.





1) The room is a rectangle. The planks are 36"x12". should I lay them the long way? To mee it seems that I would have an easier time with the door and the closet if I lay them the long way.

2) What do I do about this drain plug? It's been under carpet for twenty plus years, how do I make it look nice?


3) I am going to put base board around the room but how do I treat the floor against the closet? I don't want to put base board on the closet. I was thinking a strip of quarter round or just try to butt it up as close and neat as I can.


4) Similar question about the stairs. The stairs are going to be redone, most likely oak. It won't be for awhile. I think there is plywood under the carpet. How should I fit the floor against it? Tight or away some? Can I fix the floor when the stairs are installed?


I appreciate any input you can give.
 

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I'm surprised I didn't get any answers but that's OK. Sometimes I make these threads as a way to take notes for myself!

I'm thinking not many people(Americans) are familiar with cork. It is really popular in Europe and I married a German sooooo... It's nice stuff though. It is basically like engineered would flooring. The stuff I bough is a standard click together floating floor.

I have been studying like mad and have decided that I have to put down self leveling compound, which I had never even heard of before this project. I am going to buy the materials tonight. (This step should take care of my drain problem).
 

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There is no need to fill in those small pot holes, the flooring will span them without issue.
That clean out does need to remain assessable though.
 
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