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KUIPORNG 04-12-2007 10:48 AM

Ready to lay laminate... Question...
I am about to start laying layminate. this is the question: Base on the Shaw "how to lay laminate" video, the guy put a nail in the center of the room then a string tire to it and have the lady walking around the room.. then the guy knee down to see if any unlevel/gap on the floor, somthing like no more than 3/16" between the line and the low point of the floor... it is easy for them to say to do this... but I think it is going to be a pain if I need to do this, first knee down to look is a pain.... then figure out what on earth 3/16" means is another pain....

so my question... is this stuff a really necessary thing to do practically or it just somthing the manufacturer try to cover their butt to ensure they don't get warantee problem... which 99.99% of the flooring don't need to go throught this pain... if visually not too bad...

I don't like to go through this exercise...

Big Dave 04-12-2007 11:19 AM

There is no floor in the world that is that flat. I think they are being unreasonable in their request.

I do agree that you wouldn't want anything more than say 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch but if it's spread out over a big enough area even that won't be visible.

KUIPORNG 04-13-2007 07:58 AM

Thanks Big Dave, got it started last night, it is rather easy and fun to install laminate, a bit like doing Lego...

Anyhow, one more question,

As laminates being laid, there are places where required vertical cutting on laminate... i.e. divided the laminate to thinner strips... Can I leave those to be done at the end once I finish with regular laminate laying... reasons is I am waiting for the 18V circular saw and/or Table saw to arrive... also I those are more headache task, I would rather do it at the end... I don't see problems by doing that, but I would like to hear from experience expect... thanks...

Big Dave 04-13-2007 08:03 AM

If your talking about those few peices that are the last ones up against a wall then yes you can wait till the end. Just make sure that no other full peices lock into those. If they do then they need to be installed.

KUIPORNG 04-13-2007 11:47 AM

Thanks Big Dave... yes I mean the last ones up against a wall... thanks for your confirmation... it raise my confident to continue for what I did...

I just bought a tablesaw.... hopefully... will get it before I need them for those "last ones"... I believe using table saw to cut those will be easiest....

mcvane 04-13-2007 02:11 PM

cutting laminate floor
I have just spent the last 2 days (off from work) preparing the room for laminate installation. I will be putting in the vapour barrier and underlay soon, so i will soon be in the same stages.

I did have a question: the instructions for my laminate and other 'how to books' mention that it's good to stagger the laminates row by row, (i.e. like this...)

<---piece 1---><---piece 2---><---piece 3--->
<---piece 4---><---piece 5---><---piece 6--->

Will this mean that for every row, there should be a few cut pieces at least (one to the right of piece 3 and one to the left of piece 4 and so on...) down each row?

Kui****g, let me know if you are having this situation. I have a mitre saw that is still in the box that I will use for this project...

KUIPORNG 04-13-2007 02:17 PM

most rows start and end with a cut piece
I am not sure if I understand your question, but the situation is, the left over part of a cutted piece when ending a row would be used as the starting piece of some other row... row adjecent each other start with different length laminate to give a irregular pattern.

there is no laminate between the start piece and end piece of a row being cut...

did this answer your question?

also, make sure you read the manufacturer instruction when installing, they might be different technique slightly compare to the web-site/book instructions due to different made, happened to my case...

other points to watch when installing:

make sure you put the spacer on the beginning of the row being installed and the row just finished installed, reason is not just for expanding of the laminate, is for when you tape the laminate at the end, there is support at the other end for the tapping, otherwise, previous finished structure could get loosen up...

the success of installation of the first two rows is very important, once the first two rows is done, the 3rd, 4th,5th...etc. is a piece of cake... the first row must be start at the leftest long wall position of your installation.

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