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Old 11-25-2008, 06:42 PM   #1
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engineered floor in a condo


hello, im putting engineered hardwood floor in a condo, and would like to know how most of you would deal with the steel door frames?
would you cut the bottom of the frames so that you can slip the flooring under the frame? if so what tool do you use, a steel bladed reciprocating saw , or a cutoff wheel on a drill?

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Old 11-26-2008, 06:18 PM   #2
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I'm not a pro but, the situation you have is tricky. My first guess was the saw but on second thought I think a zipcut will be a lot straighter, cleaner and "maybe" easier.

If you go with a disk DO NOT use a drill (for sure), buy a cheapo 4 1/2" angle grinder from China with a metal cutting disk.

There are a few tricks to doing a good job..

1) Do it by yourself, NO audience (kids, wife, neighbors)

2) Wear glasses. Seriously, it's not just for safety, you need to feel very very comfortable when using this darn tool. When you cut it helps to get really close and comfy so you have total control on what your doing (like a dentist)

3) Place a few damp towels around your work area. Don't panic, the sparks are VERY low energy and will not ignite anything easily (except gasoline :-))))) It just helps so you feel comfortable.

4) Draw a very clear line

5) Start in the middle of the jamb and work out to the edges...go eeeeeeasy.

6) Pour yourself a micro brew and finish the floor!

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