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Old 05-09-2013, 02:37 PM   #1
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REtrofitting a wall on top of laminate flooring


I have a finished basement with a floating laminate floor throughout.
The layout is a rectangle
I'd like to section off the end of it to create a separate room.
The easiest way I think would be to use the existing 3 walls - so I'd just need to add 1 wall from side to side (leaving door opening)

Being that the laminate is already there, I don't want to build a wall on top of it and have the laminate buckle
What do you suggest?

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Just cut the laminate "sole plate" out with a circular saw/ossilating saw?

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Just cut the laminate "sole plate" out with a circular saw/ossilating saw?
Thanks - I forgot to mention, that there's a decent chance that a few years down the road, I'll want to do away with the wall - so a wall I can take down, but don't want to leave a bare strip on the floor.
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You have no choise on this one.
That type flooring needs to be able to expand and contract or it's going to buckle.
Not a great choise of flooring for below grade anyway so not much to loose.
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CG... Have no idea if this is a utility type room, where quality/appearance does not matter that much, or it needs to look very good.

I can't really think of a way to anchor a sole plate for your wall securily without penetrating the laminate at least minimally.

Maybe you could "glue" it down with either an acrylic or silicon caulk.... pretty flaky idea I know.... and the wall would be floating just as the floor is... and subject to movement out of plumb with any floor movement.

Depending on the wall span (length), you could just scure your end walls securily and let the sole plate float on the floor..maybe thin carpet under it.... probably secure your top plate well to ceiling joist... in effect let it hang.... wouldn't be very sturdy... but maybe it doesn't have to be. Probably frame with screws

Just my best and dumb ideas

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CG... Have no idea if this is a utility type room, where quality/appearance does not matter that much, or it needs to look very good.

I can't really think of a way to anchor a sole plate for your wall securily without penetrating the laminate at least minimally.

Maybe you could "glue" it down with either an acrylic or silicon caulk.... pretty flaky idea I know.... and the wall would be floating just as the floor is... and subject to movement out of plumb with any floor movement.

Depending on the wall span (length), you could just scure your end walls securily and let the sole plate float on the floor..maybe thin carpet under it.... probably secure your top plate well to ceiling joist... in effect let it hang.... wouldn't be very sturdy... but maybe it doesn't have to be. Probably frame with screws

Just my best and dumb ideas

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Thanks that would work -the floating wall- doesn't need to be too sturdy
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Or you could do the easily removable option and get those foldable room dividers. They just stand up on their end and block access. There is also a door called an accordion door, if you found one long enough you could just stretch two of them across the opening and they would join in the middle, hanging from the ceiling.

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