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Old 05-01-2012, 06:10 PM   #1
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I have a number of questions.

1. Do you need to leave an expansion gap of 5/16 inch around poles?

2. Do you need to leave a gap at doorways between rooms?

3. The directions tell you to stagger the second row by at least 6 inches. Do you continue to stagger the remaining rows (3, 4, 5, etc)?

4. I am installing the floor in the basement on a concrete slab. I was told not to install any underlayment. Is this correct?

5. The concrete floor has expansion joints. I filled them with a concrete caulking. How smooth must the joints be?

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Old 05-01-2012, 06:19 PM   #2
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Not a great product to install below grade unless you go to a whole lot of steps before laying it.
If you choose not to follow the directions to the letter your on your own when it fails.
Not sure how told you anything but of there's humps there going to show.

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Not a great product to install below grade unless you go to a whole lot of steps before laying it.
If you choose not to follow the directions to the letter your on your own when it fails.
Not sure how told you anything but of there's humps there going to show.
Why do you say the vinyl planks are not a good product for below grade?
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:47 PM   #4
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Read the box or go on line and see if it's below grade rated.
Some use partical board in the core,
If you go though some of the older post in the flooring area you will see where people with laminite in basements or even on a slab have the finish coming off, bucking up
I tryed in my laundry room and the first time my drain backed up it distroyed the whole floor.
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Joe, the poster is talking vinyl planks not laminate. No particle board. Still prone to fail below grade, tho.
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What would you install Rusty?
Armstrong says it's ok to use in a basement according to there web site.
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What would you install Rusty?
Armstrong says it's ok to use in a basement according to there web site.
Unless they take care of moisture, anything will fail.
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Hello again,

I don't have a mositure problem. Seems like any vinyl could have the same issue if installed with excess moisture.

I still haven't received any answers to my original questions which are stated in the first email. By the way, is SwiftLock an Armstrong product?

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