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Old 08-30-2012, 07:42 PM   #16
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First of all nothing should be glued In laminate. Your expanstion gap needs to be 1/4" all around. Strip a piece of pine or wood and use that for spacer. They do sell aio laminate kit with all you need to install. If your starting wall is good and plumb with no doors then work your way out and then at the end you will have to rip the last row to size.
Make shore your seams are staggered 12" apart.

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I have to step aside and let a more experienced person answer but in my case the total gap even under the rock is the recommended gap so that there is no way it could gap too much, loosen, and unlock.

I measured from the absolute spot that stops the floor to get my gap especially if the floor can float "under" the rock.

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I thought 1/4" gap was a minimum, and more was no problem. Is this incorrect?
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You can't go wrong with 1/4" most lam company's require 1/4" for spacing.
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I thought 1/4" gap was a minimum, and more was no problem. Is this incorrect?
Well the gap is there to allow movement due to temp changes and house movement. If you have a huge gap, then your floor could (theoretically) move a lot exposing that gap that you don't want (the one that cannot be covered by the standard baseboard). The baseboard is not there to hold it in place. That is why as the guys stated, putting your weight on it makes no sense. The baseboard is just trim.

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Well the gap is there to allow movement due to temp changes and house movement. If you have a huge gap, then your floor could (theoretically) move a lot exposing that gap that you don't want (the one that cannot be covered by the standard baseboard). The baseboard is not there to hold it in place. That is why as the guys stated, putting your weight on it makes no sense. The baseboard is just trim.

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If that's what Joe meant, then I wasn't clear what I was saying. I was just saying that during installation the first rows Slide so I can't push against them, but putting some weight (me) on top stops them from skidding while I get the next rows on.

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