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Old 11-14-2010, 07:10 AM   #1
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Last row of laminate flooring under doors

We are installing a laminate floor and it runs the length of the hallway that has bedroom doors on one side and a bathroom on the other. How do we get the last row to lock into the floor AND get it under the door jam? Any tricks?


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Old 11-16-2010, 03:04 PM   #2
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sorry i'm no help here but also interested in any responses as that's something that's coming up at some point for me too...


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Old 11-17-2010, 07:20 AM   #3
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you can iether remove the obstruction then reinstall it.
Or i was able to modify the end piece locked the laminate together at the end of the hall then tapped it down the hall under the trim and door jam to the stopping point . Make sure the grooves are clear of debri so it will slide easily.Use a tapping block and dont hit it to hard. Make sure the laminate is the correct size when it gets to its placement .I glued the ends also . Think it thru! I was able to slide 6 pieces into place in this manner without removing trim or door jams. 4 years still perfect .I was using Armstong Grand Illusions so it was stong enough to handle this .
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Old 11-17-2010, 07:46 PM   #4
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If need be, you can use a sharp utility blade and trim off the 'lock' on the under side of the laminate. You're going to need to tap them into place, so use a laminate puller or a scrap piece butted to the strip you're installing. And remember one thing: If you have to cut the lock from either side of the section of flooring being installed, glue glue glue! I will run a thin bead of weatherproof carpenter's glue the entire length of the cut section. You remove a lock, you're going to want another one in its place.

Hope this helps.

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Not sure if this would work in your case...

They make a special tool for similar circumstances. It's made of metal and has a bent portion at each end. You slide the plank into the space (under the woodwork), then use the tool to "pull" the plank back toward the installed floor, snapping the joint together in the process.

It's hard to explain but any laminate flooring dealer would know what this is and may sell them.
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