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Old 04-11-2011, 10:07 AM   #1
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I am about to start my laminate flooring, the room is quite large, about 600 sq/feet. I have never done this before and have a couple simple questions.
1. The spacers, after I get done say half of the room, can I remove the first bit of spacers to reuse, or am I going have to buy 1000 of them to complete?

2. The first section of flooring will have to be cut, (remove tongue)can this be done with a jig saw? I do not have a table saw so I was wondering and the room is only 12 feet wide at that point.

3. The poly underneath, do you need to tape all the seems, and what is the best tape to use (Duct?).

Any other little tips would be nice before I start this project.

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Old 04-11-2011, 03:48 PM   #2
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Hiya Mort..

You can use any material to use as spacers. I usually use cedar shakes as they are cheap and I can screw them to the wall (where the baseboard will cover the holes later) to keep them in place.

Not sure why you are removing the tongue from the first row unless you are using very thin baseboard and no 1/4 round or shoe-molding, but, yes you can use a jig saw...just clamp the boards down to a sturdy surface so they don't vibrate all over the place

For the underlay I just use "Tuck" tape...VERY sticky. I put a roll on one of those taping guns the movers use for boxes.

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once your floor gets going you can remove spacers and use them down the line, once that section of floor is laid and will not move on you.

I wouldn't use a jigsaw unless I had no other option. Table saw is quickest and easiest, skillsaw would be ok too, just make sure you don't marr the surface, cut facedown.

I always remove the tongue as well when butting into wall, good practice.

Yeah -Tuck tape is what you want (red tape)
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Hi Mort-

1) Definitely leave the spacers in until finished, when hitting the pull bar with your hammer you can easily move the entire floor, so leave them in until done. Ask me how I know this lol

sidebar on spacers...if your wall is straight, just use a few long pieces of firring strips or the equivalent instead of individual spacers, MUCH easier

2) I always take the tongue off as well, a jig saw would be slow but is doable if you don't have a TS.

3) Duct tape would be OK, but the red Tuck tape would be better.

Good luck with your project
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