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ws450r 09-08-2011 08:46 AM

Laminate Plank Install Help
 
I am installing my laminate planks, and have made it to an area where there is approximately a 8"x16" .25-.5" drop. My question is what can I do to that area that will make it more level? I am installing them on the padding, which I just laid on the existing vinyl floor. This area is where an 18" pantry door is. It's high on the outside, slopes down through the doorway, then back up level once you get in the pantry. My dad said cut a piece of plywood that would raise that area up enough to make it more level than it is, and then fill some of the edge in with some excess padding. This is not going to be a high traffic area, but I just want to be sure that my planks will stay connected, whereas they won't now with the current drop.

Marbledust 09-08-2011 08:53 AM

build the low area up with layers of cheap 12x12 fllor tiles or tar paper,feather area out to level,place below padding

ws450r 09-08-2011 09:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Marbledust (Post 723631)
build the low area up with layers of cheap 12x12 fllor tiles or tar paper,feather area out to level,place below padding

What about using the padding I am laying my floor on to build it up? I have plenty extra.

Bud Cline 09-08-2011 09:14 AM

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build the low area up with layers of cheap 12x12 fllor tiles or tar paper,
Oh sure!!! I'm sure we all have "cheap 12X12 floor tiles" and "tar paper" laying around the house all the time. I keep mine in the kitchen pantry for quick access.:thumbup:

ws,
Too much padding will mean too much cush and the planks will probably come apart when walked on. Try filling the low area with floor patch.:yes:

ws450r 09-08-2011 09:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Bud Cline (Post 723646)
ws,
Too much padding will mean too much cush and the planks will probably come apart when walked on. Try filling the low area with floor patch.:yes:

Will that stuff bond to vinyl? Or would I need to take the vinyl off that area to get to the plywood subfloor?

Bud Cline 09-08-2011 09:23 AM

Use "Embossing Leveller" it will bond to vinyl.

ws450r 09-08-2011 09:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Bud Cline (Post 723651)
Use "Embossing Leveller" it will bond to vinyl.

What is the process before I put that on the floor? Will I need to build an area to pour it in, and seal everything so it doesn't leak between the wall and floor? I already cut my door jambs, so I've got some space under tham that this stuff could get to.

Bud Cline 09-08-2011 09:42 AM

You are making this way too difficult.:yes:

Embossing leveller comes in a dry powder that you mix with water and spread with a trowel. Put it where you want it.:)

ws450r 09-08-2011 10:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Bud Cline (Post 723661)
You are making this way too difficult.:yes:

Embossing leveller comes in a dry powder that you mix with water and spread with a trowel. Put it where you want it.:)

Oh, I was assuming it was like a liquid that you see those guys put down on the DIY Network when leveling out an area on a concrete floor, and the stuff goes everywhere.

And you're right. I probably am making this way to difficult. :yes:

Bud Cline 09-08-2011 10:04 AM

You have to be carefull if you are going to consume DIY Network TV, it will get you into trouble.:yes:

ws450r 09-08-2011 10:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Bud Cline (Post 723690)
You have to be carefull if you are going to consume DIY Network TV, it will get you into trouble.:yes:

Lol. Luckily I don't get it with my Dish package, and only watch it when I go visit my parents a couple times a month. Otherwise, I might be going crazier than I am now wondering what to do. Guess that's why I check out this forum.

Marbledust 09-09-2011 11:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Bud Cline (Post 723646)
Oh sure!!! I'm sure we all have "cheap 12X12 floor tiles" and "tar paper" laying around the house all the time. I keep mine in the kitchen pantry for quick access.:thumbup:

ws,
Too much padding will mean too much cush and the planks will probably come apart when walked on. Try filling the low area with floor patch.:yes:


Gee Bud...it may take a trip to the store?
do you stock floor level products,or do you buy it at the store?


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