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Old 07-06-2009, 11:50 PM   #211
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Mine had no oder at all. Did the boxes smell? Did you use any cleaning product? Expose an old sub floor?
Installation is important. Tonight I was talking to a handy man that just finished a job. He had to repair a floor where the homeowner installed a laminate floor.
He nailed the laminate down and did not leave a gap around the edges. It buckled in the middle.


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Old 07-07-2009, 08:57 AM   #212
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I installed the Corfu pattern right over my ceramic tile floor. No problems putting it over the tile or grout lines. there is no smell what so ever. I made a couple of mistakes along the way where I didn't line two tiles up good enough but you can pull it back up and fix it.

I am also terrible at measuring and squaring this stuff. Don't worry about it. It is very easy to cut with a utility knife and I only cut the side that was going to a wall so the little gap caused by my bad cut is covered by baseboard molding.

Everyday I walk on that floor I am still so thrilled that we went with it. It is beautiful, extremely durable unlike laminate flooring, and is soft under foot. Friends of mine all ask if it is real tile!

I can not say enough good things about this product!

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Old 07-07-2009, 09:31 AM   #213
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Hey gatogreensleeve,

The instructions on the back of the box are very good and truthfully once you put the first piece down you will see how simple it is. When you start with your first row, in the corner, they tell you to cut off the left edge glue strip (which is the underside) because it would be unsupported and would probably crack over time.

So assuming you are starting from the left corner and working from left to right it is only the tile against the left side wall where you will be cutting these off.

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Old 07-07-2009, 09:36 AM   #214
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... and to also cut off ANY glue strip abutting any wall? Correct?
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Right. On the left edge you will cut off the glue strip. then you can lay out the center of the room extremely fast with this product. Then when you make it over to the wall on the right side of the wrong you will have to measure and cut to length. And then when you get to the back wall cut the tiles to be the right width. Those are the toughest cuts.

To cut the long way I measured, transferred the measurement to a couple of places on the tile and then used a 4' level as a straight edge to cut it.

It is a lot easier than it sounds. My wife and I did a 13'x12' foyer in about 3 hours time.

Good luck!
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:49 AM   #216
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I think in my case ... because of a half wall dividing the room ... I will have to lay some planks in a reverse manner, tucking an under gluestrip under an over gluestrip. Hard to explain ... but I think there will be some occasion of having to do that in my layout.
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dougpks:

i understand what you mean, but won't that make it thicker and leave a slight rise?
or maybe i DON'T understand...lol

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I think I understand what you mean. You have a half wall coming out halfway across the floor and you are worried about getting the rows to line up on both sides when they meet at the end of the half wall. If this right?

If that is the case then I think I would do the entire left side of that area until you are one full row past the end of the half wall. then instead of laying them down backwards and trying to get them underneath maybe you could just lay them with out joining them. Just kind of lining them up working backwards to the wall so that you can determine where to start the first tile on the right side of the wall?

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Hey gatogreensleeve,

The instructions on the back of the box are very good and truthfully once you put the first piece down you will see how simple it is. When you start with your first row, in the corner, they tell you to cut off the left edge glue strip (which is the underside) because it would be unsupported and would probably crack over time.

So assuming you are starting from the left corner and working from left to right it is only the tile against the left side wall where you will be cutting these off.

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I'm just about done, two more panels... If you look at the pictures #s in the links I posted, you can see that they did NOT cut the TOP glue strip and still put it up against the wall. They only cut the left side, as you said. That was what I was asking about.. the pictures in the instructions are horrible, especially how they are cut off on the sides, such as #3, just where you want to see what they did- you can't, because the pic is cut off. Anyway, this has been really hard for me because of strange cabinet furniture angles, weird tub lines, lots of templates of complex molding, and uneven walls, etc. I only had 2 panels out of 16 that didn't have some extra strange cut. If you have a nice square room without lots of templates it is easy, if not, it isn't. But it does look great, even with a few bobo cuts (I found that if you finger in a very small amount of white silicone onto a bad cut or a seam that isn't perfectly tight, it deemphasizes the darkness of the seam, and at an angle, makes it look perfect.
One thing I really screwed up was putting my toilet back on, I tightened it too tight and broke a chunk of porcelain off of the back, because the pressure from the new wax ring inside was too much. Do not over tighten that!

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Old 07-09-2009, 02:44 PM   #220
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I am finishing my basement and will install Allure. I had planned on going ahead and installing all my trim and baseboards for ease of spray painting. If I leave a gap under the baseboard above the concrete floor, can I tuck Allure under the baseboard or will I have to use 1/4 round?

Also, should I leave a gap under my door jambs?
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As long as you leave 1/4" gap for expansion it doesn't matter. Just make sure it can move, otherwise it will buckle, the same goes for any floating floor.
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I understand leaving the gap to the wall. I am just curious of the mechanics on how to "bend" the plank under the baseboard. It looks like most planks are "rolled" onto each other. How do you get the end to roll under the basboard for a nice fit?
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The planks are pretty stiff to roll. You should end at the wall with the next to last plank glue strip up, so you slide the last plank under the baseboard then stick them together. At the long end it will be difficult because you would first have to slide the plank under the baseboard then slide it over the glue strip and press down. The last corner would be really hard to do. It would far easier to put the floor down first or remove the baseboard then put it back.
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I agree with Larry.

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Old 07-09-2009, 09:11 PM   #225
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Back again. 4 months and still no issues, and I did use a seam roller. Corfu hides dirt very well, cleans up easily, and so far has resisted all our attempts at damaging it (chairs with slide pads that have fallen off, dropped forks/knives, pulling out stove and fridge for tiling/painting, etc). Pulling out the fridge to paint revealed only about 1/16" depression where the feet were.

In fact, the new floor begat new countertops, new stove vent hood and my very first tiling job.

old: (after floor, before anything else)

http://www.baynefamily.info/photogal...itchen-old.jpg

New:

http://www.baynefamily.info/photogal...itchen-new.jpg

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