Rated 3.0 out of 5 by 101
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by neburnoloc Gently tap with a RUBBER mallet and all will go well.
The Roberts floor installation kit for laminate and floating floors worked perfect during my click floor installation project. I did read some of the reviews on this tool before purchasing it, several comments were made that the narrow end of the pull bar starts to bend while in use, you can not use a steel hammer to hit the pull bar a rubber mallet with GENTLE force is the proper tool (a steel hammer with blunt force will bend the narrow end of the pull bar and also damage your floor). another comment was that the tapping block is not grooved for tongue and groove flooring. Not having a groove on the tapping block makes sense since there are different thickness of flooring being sold, the solution is quite simple, take a piece of flooring cut it out the same dimensions as the taping block and use that cut out piece between the tapping block and the flooring you are tightening.(See picture). for the wall spacing I found it much easier to use a 1/4 of an inch thick long piece of wood instead of the supplied plastic spacers. Remember that the pull bar is intended to be used at the end of the boards. This tool is made for your occasional flooring installation for professional installations, multiple rooms or for the professional installer you may want to upgrade to the Professional Pull Bar (model 10-18-8) and Professional Tapping Block (model 10-17-8) also available at The Home Depot.
I would highly recommend this tool to anyone interested in purchasing it and the price is very reasonable.
(I take time to do product reviews after every major purchase, help keep me doing them by rating my review) hope this review was helpful.
April 17, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Madman Wide angle pull bar is very weak.
Search for a higher quality pull bar. Very thin metal. The shims/spacers adjust which helps for precision and the rubber "tapping block" barely lasted one small job. .
April 8, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by MikeW Junk, pure garbage, don't buy
The knocking block got torn up, it is hard to hold and hit the board squarely so it would damage board ends, the pull bar bent after the first 5 strikes, spacers get stuck and damage board ends when removing.
Do NOT waste your money on this. Use a 2x4 as a knocking block and flooring scraps as spacers. If you have to get the pull bar, buy 1 for every 5 rows of flooring. Using a dead-blow hammer will help longevity vs. a rubber mallet. Didn't try a sledge as that may have minimized the number of strikes needed.
December 31, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by max31ford Very easy to install
good instructions. very easy to install. arrived before estimated time.
February 16, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Jason Not too happy
The metal bent after a few strong taps by a hammer. The cushion on the bottom needs to be moved to the end so if/when it bends your wood floor is not destroyed.
February 25, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by CJM628 Don't waste your money...go for the upgrade
I read the 'poor' reviews, and was a bit skeptical, thinking "how bad could the pull-bar be, made of steel!?"
Nonetheless, I took the plunge and bought the kit to install about 500 sq ft of laminate.
However, after using it only TWO times, i heartily agree: I had to keep bending the part you hammer back to 90 degrees.
After every two uses, I was forced to clamp a piece of wood to the long straight part so THAT wouldnt bend while hammering the tang back to 90.
In hindsight, I should have opted for the better pull bar.
The tapping block wasnt that bad but was a bit too soft and started to chip from all the blows.
Also, I had to tape the spacers together and to the wall so they wouldn't separate when sliding the laminate up against them.
May 13, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DocinDenver Waste of money
Terrible product. Just installed 350 sq feet of laminate. Although the staff at Home Depot were great in getting me the materials, this "installation kit" was useless after the first 100 feet. First, the spacers were not wide enough and kept falling over. It was much easier to just put a piece of the laminate around the edges of the floor to use as a spacer. The "tapping block" was a piece of layered hard plastic/rubber that you are supposed to use to tap the boards into place. After striking the block the layers of plastic/rubber began to separate resulting in a rounded edge that was of no use for tapping. I ended up having to saw the block several times to keep a flat edge. A cheap 1x2 furring strip worked much better. Last, and worst of all, the metal "pulling bar" bent easily as you hammered it to pull in the ends of the boards where they meet the wall. This resulted in no 90 degree angle to hammer and I had to keep pounding the bar back into shape each time I needed to use it. It was like trying to pull a board into place with a coat hanger rather than a sturdy pull bar. This "kit" is definately a waste of money and made the installation much harder than necessary.
December 24, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by titus hampton bay canyon slate clay laminate flooring
I have worked in remodeling for 35 years an this is the poorest excuse for flooring that I have ever tried to use .I worked 3days on installing what should have took 8-10 hrs. have installed many hardwood floors an this is terrible to work with do yourself a favor an don't buy an runaway as fast as you can an don't look back
May 8, 2015