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Old 04-20-2010, 04:37 PM   #1
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I can't find any information about this but, when installing laminate starting in the back corners of rooms, and working your way out the door, what do you do about insuring the planks line up as you move into a hallway if the rooms have different depths?

I'm not sure I'm explaining that well.

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Old 04-22-2010, 07:05 PM   #2
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Hi Bob,

Wow, I got into a long post about transitions and then re-read your post and found that I had misunderstood

Here's attempt number two:

If you want the laminate to line up as close as possible you'll have to do some math. Find a point of reference, i.e. a board to which you want to match up, and measure from that point to starting wall in the hallway. Divide the laminate surface width and that number and it will tell you how many boards you'll need to get to that point. Keep in mind this isn't always bang on but it's close.

Here's an example:
The board I want to match up to is exactly 143 inches from the starting wall in my hallway. My laminate surface is 8 inches. If I divide that I end up with 17.875 (or 17 7/8) boards. That means that my first board will have to be ripped down to 7/8 of it's original width (or 7 inches in this case) and by the time I get to where I wanted my match it should be close.

Hope that helps, and good luck!

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The guy below is correct. However, keep in mine that you are required to install a transition moulding at any doorway under 39". Usually it is a track that goes down, then moulding snaps in. This helps hide if last board is slightly off at all. Do the math, as stated in post below. If you are close, no worries.....good luck.
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why cant you cross hallway into next room, like running hardwood?
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The doorway creates a pressure point. Laminate expands and contracts all the time as humidity changes. I made the mistake years ago, I installed bed-hall. Ran it right thru...perfect job. Month later it buckled. Had to cut it and put in moulding.
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why cant you cross hallway into next room, like running hardwood?
The technical answer is that humidity varies from room to room. By using transitions at doorways you are basically ending up with separate floors that can move independently of one another.

Like Russman said, if you install the laminate through the doorway into the hallway you may have more movement in the larger room thus creating a tight spot at the doorway which could lead to joint separation or cupping.

Hope that helps! Have fun!

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