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Old 09-26-2009, 10:25 PM   #1
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My grandmother just bought a house here in GA. She has not come up from FL yet but....... Most of the house has some sort of Laminate hardwood flooring... tongue and groove maybe.

In the living and dining room... it's raised almost like a big bubble. When walked on you can hear and feel it sink... roughly 1/2"-3/4". There are about four areas like this.

What is the easiest way to fix this before she gets here........? The house has been vacant for 7 months could the heat have done it?

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Remove the baseboards or toe kick trim around the perimeter of the room. You will need to cut 1/4" off the edge of the floor so it once again floats and has room for expansion and contraction. Probably the installer made it too tight and it has expanded hence the buckling. Seeing as though the house was vacant for so long it may have picked up moisture in the air. You might try turning on the AC for a day or two and see if it helps. But I would say the floor was installed too tight also.

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Remove the baseboards or toe kick trim around the perimeter of the room. You will need to cut 1/4" off the edge of the floor so it once again floats and has room for expansion and contraction. Probably the installer made it too tight and it has expanded hence the buckling. Seeing as though the house was vacant for so long it may have picked up moisture in the air. You might try turning on the AC for a day or two and see if it helps. But I would say the floor was installed too tight also.
Thanks for the reply
Was wondering about that........Just turned air on today at 78.. will check tommorrow and see......

You know we purchased house end of July....... i checked on house today and it was alot worse then it was 2 months ago!

House has been empty since the end of 08
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