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Old 03-30-2008, 03:46 PM   #1
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laminate floor install hiccup.. help!


I am trying to install laminate flooring and I am stuck. I am having trouble placing the spacers between the wall and the new flooring. I hope I can specify the problem clearly. The first problem is that the drywall does not meet the subfloor. It's raised off the subfloor maybe an inch. The spacers I am using are about 1 1/2" tall. I can't install the spacers correctly because they will not hold in place. They just fall out onto the floor when I put pressure on them. So there is no way for me to stabilize the flooring... everytime I add a piece you notice the boars slip away.. It's a mess and I'm stuck... does anyone have any solution?? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-30-2008, 06:36 PM   #2
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I would put the spacers inbetween the wall and the underlayment so they don't slip down. The spacers slide when they are on the plastic underlayment. The first 3 rows are really a pain to do, but once you complete them the boards won't slip and you can use your pull bar to make the rows closer to the wall and the spacers stand up straight.


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Old 03-30-2008, 09:45 PM   #3
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Cut some blocks of wood the thickness of your drywall, and place them behind your spacers. Leave the blocks in, too much space can cause problems. Also, if the subfloor is wood, TEMPORARILY nail the lam. wood in a couple of places once you have 3 or 4 rows in. This will secure the starting rows and make the rest of your install much easier. Make sure you nail it close to the wall where you trim will hide the holes once you remove the nails.
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