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markthomas63 10-03-2012 04:42 PM

laminate flooring
 
does it matter which way you lay laminate floor . i have allways laid it the easiest way .but acusomer is insisting i lay lenth way

markthomas63 10-03-2012 04:43 PM

laminate flooring
 
no the easest.

GBrackins 10-03-2012 05:15 PM

finish side up? just kidding, usually the easiest way, but if you have a customer ...... unless you can explain why it's better your way

notmrjohn 10-03-2012 05:55 PM

It don't matter. Person doing labor wants to do it easiest way. Shorter is easier.

Should be laid way that looks best. Should room look wider or longer? Which way will have most joints perpendicular to primary light source? Also consider cuts at corners doors etc.

Person paying for job determines which way is best, even if it is wrong way.

If DIY situation, we all know who boss is. You do not want to violate those union rules and lose job benefits.

mae-ling 10-03-2012 06:39 PM

tell them it will be an up-charge, unless you are doing it cost plus.

joecaption 10-03-2012 06:42 PM

In the directions and on the boxes of flooring it will suggest to start on the longest, straightest wall.

Pianolady 10-03-2012 07:46 PM

Our whole house is wood floor, or laminate, and every room runs the direction of the longest wall. If the customer wants it this way that's the way it should go, especially if it's a rectangular room instead of square.

notmrjohn 10-03-2012 08:11 PM

The only straight wall in my house is in another room.

If the room is square, lay it diagonally.

woodworkbykirk 10-03-2012 08:26 PM

always run it the direction of the longest wall. running it hte short way makes the room feel smaller

notmrjohn 10-03-2012 09:06 PM

Run it the way the person paying for it want's it run. Get it writing if you want, but run it their way. Even if its up the wall.

sublime2 10-03-2012 10:06 PM

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Originally Posted by mae-ling
tell them it will be an up-charge, unless you are doing it cost plus.

Really?
How about " do it the right way".
The right way is the way the person paying for the job wants it done,not the quickest/ easiest way for you.

rusty baker 10-03-2012 10:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sublime2 (Post 1023409)
Really?
How about " do it the right way".
The right way is the way the person paying for the job wants it done,not the quickest/ easiest way for you.

Many customers don't know that the way they want it done, won't look good when finished. If I can't install it right, I let them get someone else. Then we are both satisfied.

sublime2 10-03-2012 11:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rusty baker
If I can't installd it right, I let them get someone else. Then we are both satisfied.

But does installing it " right" mean whats easiest for you?
Just saying the easiest way for the installer isn't always the right way and a custumer should not be charged more because it would be easier to do it his way rather then the right way.

notmrjohn 10-04-2012 10:20 AM

If your a true pro you give them all the info up front, that they need to make the decision. If their way could some how affect the durability, structural integrety, or work or material warranty, there should be written notice of that signed by the client.

"won't look good when finished" Explain how direction of planks will look , and how it affects overall look of room. Aesthetics are up to clients, your taste may not agree with theirs. Maybe they want purple floor with Day-Glo orange walls. I've done work for designers and interior decorators who i thot had gawdawful taste, but they're the ones signing the check. A baker who does not like color red or chocolate is not gonna refuse to sell red velvet cakes just 'cause, in baker's opinion, it "won't look (or taste good) when finished."

While client should not be charged more because a job is less easy, time to do job should be considered. Some things, right way or wrong way, take longer than others.

rusty baker 10-04-2012 01:36 PM

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Originally Posted by sublime2 (Post 1023446)
But does installing it " right" mean whats easiest for you?
Just saying the easiest way for the installer isn't always the right way and a custumer should not be charged more because it would be easier to do it his way rather then the right way.

The right way is usually harder. Anyone can slop an installation. I just tell them up front, I will only do it the right way, if you just want it slapped in, I am not the installer for you.
For example, I have had people just tell me to kick in a piece of carpet. That would be easier and faster for me, but it's not the right way to do it, so I won't.


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