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Old 01-27-2012, 07:40 AM   #751
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Hi to all,

What is something I can use to quickly clean up a spill etc but not have to drag out the mop and the special Allure floor cleaner?

Could I just some of those "Green" handy wipes that have no harsh chemicals in it?

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Old 01-27-2012, 07:41 AM   #752
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I still have my bathroom and kitchen to do.

Did anyone just cut around the toilet and or around door trim? I am not sure how good it will look around the door trim. I was told by home depot to do this like any other hardwood or laminate product and cut the door trim and slide the Allure under it. Is this what others did?

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Old 01-28-2012, 07:51 AM   #753
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We purchased 25 cartons of the American Walnut planks and are now letting the material acclimate to the room. What is the easiest/quickest manner of making the transition from laying the planks from one direction to another - 90 deg. change when going into another room? I know that there are the hidden transition strips that can be special ordered, but have also seen where others mentioned using the offcut adhesive from the planks themselves. Does this work and is the difference in thickness underlying where the two joined planks noticeable? I can't find anything about the thickness of the hidden transition strips on the Halstead site. If they are the same thickness as the adhesive strips on the planks, there's no reason to have to special order. Last, I can't help but wonder if the transition area with any underlay thickness would be likely to wear or if seams may separate due to a slight hump that would result from using any kind of underlay joint. Thoughts, recommendations, suggestions?
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:42 PM   #754
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I still have my bathroom and kitchen to do.

Did anyone just cut around the toilet and or around door trim? I am not sure how good it will look around the door trim. I was told by home depot to do this like any other hardwood or laminate product and cut the door trim and slide the Allure under it. Is this what others did?

Thank you!!

Wendy
Under a doorway that way is fine but anytime I've put flooring in a bathroom the toilet comes off so I can run the flooring under it. And no caulking around the toilet.
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:52 AM   #755
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I still have my bathroom and kitchen to do.

Did anyone just cut around the toilet and or around door trim? I am not sure how good it will look around the door trim. I was told by home depot to do this like any other hardwood or laminate product and cut the door trim and slide the Allure under it. Is this what others did?

Thank you!!

Wendy
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This is likely too late for you but for anyone else who would like to avoid the messy task of pulling up the nasty toilet this will work. All you need is a scribing tool, or a standard circle compass, and a sheet metal nibbler. If you want to avoid sticking the tiles together use a peice of the packing paper. Place the tile against the tile it will adhere to and set the scribe to the largest gap between the tile and the toilet. Keeping the scribe point on the toilet and the pencil on the tile trace the outline of the toilet base. When cutting the tile I like to use a sheet metal nibbler to cut rather than standard snips. This is more difficult to use but gives a better cut. cut the tile to size and dry fit it with the paper separating the glue surfaces. if you have done everything right the tile is ready to fit. Hump the tile and tuck it tight to the toilet. When you get to the front of the toilet put the tile against the left side of the installed tile and make sure the distance is equal on both sides of the toilet to the installed tiles on either side. set the gap and follow the above method of scribing. Hope this helps.
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:33 PM   #756
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Hi to all,

This post will never likely be answered but I am trying everything.

I ripped up the carpet and laid my vinyl plank over 6 mil moisture barrier.

Someone reported me to HOA and I recieved a violation notice. NO FLOORS above ground are to be anything but carpet, so now I am fighting the HOA.

They requested I do "Sound Transmission Test" on my floor.

So, does anyone know any specs about sound on this Allure Vinyl Planks? I think I need to have a rating (Sound Transmission Class) above 45.

Oh, and the test is $2,500. If I don't get the test and pass I must carpet all floors.

Wendy
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You can't win. You must have signed a contract that says carpet only. Most buildings with a HOA have one. Sorry, but anyone living in that situation needs to ask before they do anything.
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Old 03-09-2012, 12:14 AM   #758
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We've had the oak pattern Allure for 4 years now. The only issues we've had is a slight degree of separation here and there, due to the room's temperature swings. AFTER I installed I found out that you were supposed to keep the room between 65 and 85. In the winter, it can get down to 55, and in the summer 95. Don't put this floor in a sunny room in a northern climate in a wood heated house. THAT said, it will do until I can afford to put down real hardwood.
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I have placed this product in my kitchen, dining, hallway and entry hall. It has been down over two years, water has been on it, pets and foot traffic is heavy on it. I have found no seperation and it was amazingly simple to install. We have recently removed the carpeting in our formal living room so that we may install the Cherry flooring!! Love this product, have actually installed it in my Mother's entire home, a doublewide, with no problem on the joint of seam of the two halves. Very easy to clean and mop with regular detergent. I installed over concrete slab and my mother's is over plywood flooring. Chose this type of flooring after watching friends place the wood composite laminate flooring down just to have water reach the seams and bubble up and come apart. Be sure that all seams are rolled to secure their seal once you are satisfied with their placement...

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Your not gonna find any floor professional to recommend a product that stands up to pee.

Pee is very acidic and will etch itself into any vinyl product.
You are incorrect, urine has a neutral pH of 6.5 - 7.5. The ammonia in the urine could react with vinyl if left standing long enough, but it should not harm vinyl is cleaned up within a reasonable period of time (hours).
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:25 PM   #761
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Hi to all,

This post will never likely be answered but I am trying everything.

I ripped up the carpet and laid my vinyl plank over 6 mil moisture barrier.

Someone reported me to HOA and I recieved a violation notice. NO FLOORS above ground are to be anything but carpet, so now I am fighting the HOA.

They requested I do "Sound Transmission Test" on my floor.

So, does anyone know any specs about sound on this Allure Vinyl Planks? I think I need to have a rating (Sound Transmission Class) above 45.

Oh, and the test is $2,500. If I don't get the test and pass I must carpet all floors.

Wendy

Buy the cheapest, thinnest carpet you can. Garden centre deck grade astroturf. Old army blankets. Flocked paper. Lay it down to satisfy their requirements.

Put it down OVER the Allure.

Develop an evening exercise routine that involves dropping heavy weights on the floor. Put down a chunk of plywood so you don't dent the Allure through the carpet. Do the excercise routine during every commercial when you are watching TV.

Get your self a collection of sound effect CD's. Transfer a bunch to your computer. Find a program that will play a sound effect at random. Pipe it into your stereo. Buy a set of big, but cheap speakers and wire them to your stereo as Set B. Lay them face down on the floor.

Whenever you are out start the program with appropriate effects for the time of day. Long periods of vacuuming, using the mixer, playing obnoxious country western songs. Toilets flushing. Garbage disposal. Singing (badly) in the shower. Blender. Drum solos. Cuban metal band music. Organ concertos. Mind numbing TV.

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As an example, ask to listen at the person below you as someone walks and talks in your unit.

Ask if they would be willing to withdraw the complaint if you put in area rugs that covered 90% of the places you walked. Ask for a 1 month trial.

Put down the area rugs. Take off your shoes when you come in to the flat.

At the end of the month see if they renew the complaint.

A: Area rugs may be sufficient.
B: In a month they may get used to it.

Meanwhile, find out what the results page looks like from one of these tests. Forge it.

If this doesn't work, find yourself a place in the country, and sell off the condo.
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:40 PM   #762
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We installed 340 sq feet of the "chocolate" ceramic tile look Allure on three days ago. Took approx 10 hours total - two people working (one cutting and laying the tile, me...doing the constant clean up and garbage removal etc.

All in all - it went really well.

After we were about half way through, when the sun came down the hall from the front door I noticed an issue - appears the entire first box of tile had been sitting on something that cause bumps in two of the three tiles - right along the bottom (glue) edge. So...now down the hall I have two rows of these "bumps" consistantly showing down the hall - about 20 in total..down two rows.

Called the company - they had never "heard" of this issue - so other than using the hair dryer and trying to flatten it, they didn't know what else to suggest.

I have started working on it tonight - heated one spot until it was very warm (without burning it - which appearantly CAN happen) and then put two heavy books and a 10 pound weight (stolen from the basement gym :-) ) on top - then moved along to the next.

I will leave these five little piles of weights down the hall until I get home tomorrow night - so they have 24 hours to settle and cool to the room again.

If that doesn't work - they need to be taken up - and replaced...which I am sure will be very fun. OMG

Other than this issue - I am LOVING the look of the floor. It feels nice under bare feet...its quiet (unlike laminate...which seems to cause an echo in the room) and it looks like real tile to me.

Seams seem to be holding well - we have a few that show a little wee gap - but nothing that bothers me to any extent.

Haven't started on baseboards/quarter round yet - that's coming this weekend...so excited to see the final result once all finished.

For the cost - I think it looks great. For the installation - it went well.

So far...happy with the choice I made :-)
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As a follow up to my post (above) - the weird bumps in my floor are now all gone :-)

I used a hairdryer to warm the floor - heated it slowly (not holding the dryer too close to burn the floor) but for long enough that when I pushed it down with my hand it easily went flat to the floor - I would then heat for another minute or so, then put a heavy book and 10 pound weight on it - left them like that for 24 hours - and it worked just fine.

No other issues - floor has been down 5 days - no seams popping up or any other issues mentioned by other posters. I wake up each morning and inpect the seams like a crazy lady LOL - but it's fine.

I am happy really happy with this floor!
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I am considering putting down this flooring. I am not much of a risk taker and have not seen this installed in person so I am reluctant to jump into it. The floor that I would like to install this on is not perfectly flat (old house with settling). We don't want to jack up the house to fix the floor. Would anyone foresee any problem with the floor not being perfectly flat? It seems like it would adjust like old vinyl sheets would have.
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I am considering putting down this flooring. I am not much of a risk taker and have not seen this installed in person so I am reluctant to jump into it. The floor that I would like to install this on is not perfectly flat (old house with settling). We don't want to jack up the house to fix the floor. Would anyone foresee any problem with the floor not being perfectly flat? It seems like it would adjust like old vinyl sheets would have.
My house is over 100 years old, and in the kitchen - just off the hallway - there is a "hump" in my floor. One of those things that is noticable to anyone, but ya just get used to. Also, where the carpet was removed from my hall - the entrance floor was 1/4 higher (plywood underlay) which we used a floor filler on to transition to the lower floor...kinda like a little "ramp" from one level to another. I was not able/willing to rip up and lay all new plywood to fix such a small issue - and I am fine with the results.

The flooring has been in about a month now, and I am totally happy with it all. It has settled in just fine over any unlevel areas, and there have been no issues/lifting/seam issues since I posted my previous issue with the bumps (in posts above).

I think - this flooring will be just fine for you. For me - the only thing I wish was different is the "finish" of the floor - it has a beautiful color (I used the chocolate tile look...) and a "leather" look finish to it - but when I look from my kitchen toward the front door when the sun comes in, it is dull looking and just sorta disappears. I am used to the old "shiney" vinyl flooring, and my hall had carpet - so it just seems so different now. Just something I have to get used to - kinda miss that shiney look.

No other issues or complaints. For the $1200 cost - I love it!!

Best wishes!
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