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Old 09-28-2008, 07:42 PM   #1
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I want to lay a laminate floor. I was told to under cut the door frames and then slide the laminate under them. The problem is that the doors are on over head tracks that slide along a metal track on the floor and the frames are metal . This is in a apartment. Is there any solution to this problem. I could go to the frame but this will leave a space as the 1/4 space is requiered between the walls and the last piece of board. I can not cut the metal door frames.

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Old 09-28-2008, 07:48 PM   #2
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How about a molding that has a rabbet cut into it so it will overlay your floor, give you the expansion room, and will butt up against the track? Is the track higher than the finished floor height?

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Yes, pretty much all laminate flooring manufacturers have transitional strips (T-molding, edge molding, etc) that matches the flooring material (same material, or similar in appearance).

These moldings are installed at locations such as you mention. They all have a side that overlaps the flooring material, to allow it to expand and contract.

Check with the place that supplied your flooring, or a flooring store.
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Caulking as referred to by the manufacturer or similar product.
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Use a silicone sealent in a shade matching either the floor or, if possible, closely matching the threshhold.

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it is just the doors casing on both sides, you can try using a hacksaw to undercut it. It is a chore but can be done to achieve a clean look. Of course, if you have a a tool capable of being fit with a cut-off wheel (dremel, angle grinder, jamb saw) you could go that route. If you can not undercut it, and the molding is not the look you want, use a silicone sealent in a shade matching either the floor or, if possible, closely matching the threshhold.
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Heh... If I understand the post correctly, I am serious. Bud, do tell- what concerns you about my reply?
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My first concern is that you are on a DIY website.
My next concern is the awesome task of undercutting metal door frames.
Does the DIY'er have the proper tools?
To suggest this can be done with a hacksaw is ludicrous.
The is an extreme fire hazard using an abrasive cut-off disc.
Suggesting one can use a Dremmel Tool is crazy.
Angle grinders have many uses but this isn't one of them.
How many DIY's own angle grinders?

There's a few concerns!

A lot of these DIY'ers take the information they read on these sites and get themselves way-in-over-their-heads. What is being suggested isn't really do-able under the circumstances.

How about scribing the cut to the door frame and caulking it. The gap DOES NOT have to be a full 1/4" in this case and the flooring DOES NOT have to be tucked under the door frame.

How many door frames are we talking about anyway?
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My first concern is that you are on a DIY website.
I read you. I wasn't thinking in terms of DIYers seeking help.

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