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Old 01-24-2010, 10:27 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,

I'm actually new to this site and was hoping to get a little advise.

I am in the process of installing some engineered hardwood flooring.
The install was actually going really good. Now all of a sudden I have a plank that has a gap.
I looked at the surrounding planks to verify that they were installed correctly, and all seem ok. The seams are all nice and tight.

Does anyone have any ideas of how I can remedy this problem?
I tried a couple of different planks but they all have the same problem.
By the way, my room size is 24 by 14.
I have a 2x8 subfloor and I also installed 3/8 plywood on top just to verify that everything was flat and level.
I currently have about 80% of the flooring complete. I'm just not sure what happened here.

There must be some type of trick of the trade out there.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Old 01-24-2010, 11:18 PM   #2
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Pics would help!

Where's the gap???

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Old 01-25-2010, 12:09 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

I will take pics tomorrow and post them.

As for the gap, if I hit the right side of the plank in, the gap is on the left and visa versa.

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Warped plank, not uncommon, even with "engineered hardwood flooring". Most of these products have a "wood by-products base" and a wood veneer topping. Either find a piece that is not warped, or place the warped piece down, butting the end, and making sure the groove fits onto the tongue on that end. Nail it there. Nail a scrap piece of wood close to the other end so that you can use this to pry against to move the other end of the plank into place--nail it. I hope that makes sense, David
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Before you rip up the offending piece, try this one trick.

Get a block of scrap wood, like a piece of 1X4 or 2X4 -- a piece that is maybe 8 or 9 inches long.

Also get a roll of the best double-face tape you can find. The best stuff is a cloth tape, and is VERY tacky.

Put a layer of double face tape on the block of wood, then press the block down on to the offending piece of flooring.

Now try beating the dickens out of that block to get the flooring to move where it needs to move.

If it works, you're in like Flint. If not, you're only out a few dollars, and have not damaged anything (yet).
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you might try cleaning the groove. sometimes you get a little glue dried up in there or a small piece of wood. tap it tight and tape it till the glue dies. good luck.

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