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Old 07-27-2010, 08:39 AM   #1
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Laminate floor - wide expansion gap.

What do you do when you have a wider than expected expansion gap?

This is the first time I installed a laminate floor and as a first timer I made quite a few mistakes. One of them is not cutting the planks straight (I used a jigsaw). Well some turned out curved. Some of those planks have a gap wider than 1/4". But since my baseboard is quite thick I believe they can be covered. But I wonder if they can cause problems later on. If so then how can I fill those gaps?



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Old 07-27-2010, 08:53 AM   #2
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It will only cause ascetic problems. If the gap is slightly (1/8") showing I would put a small shim behind the baseboard in that spot. The gap at the top of the baseboard can be filled with painters caulk and looks better than a gap on the floor. If it is bigger then consider putting down qtr. round. Most lumber yards have 3/4" qtr round and that will give you atleast 1 1/4" or so of cover up. You can do the same shim trick with the qtr round too it you really messed your cuts up.


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Just make sure you fasten the 1/4 round to the base, not the floor.
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