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JetJaguar 07-10-2012 10:24 AM

Vinyl flooring against baseboard?
 
Vinyl flooring going in on concrete floor.

I removed the baseboard and the drywall does not meet the floor, by varying distances.

I can’t use 1/8” spacers to position the floor planks because the planks slide under the drywall.

So I want to put the baseboard back in (I have it all numbered) so that it just about touches the concrete, then install the flooring up against the baseboard using the 1/8” spacers, and then put in ¼ round over the floor. Will that work?

Thanks,

Peter

pkrapp74 07-10-2012 11:55 AM

Why not install the flooring and then install the baseboard over it? Saves you the money of not needing quarter round, and it will look better (IMO).

JetJaguar 07-10-2012 12:18 PM

because the planks slide under the drywall and I cannot properly space them from the edge.

drtbk4ever 07-10-2012 12:53 PM

I would do exactly what pkrapp suggested unless I am missing something.

I would lay the planks just so they partially go under the drywall that way you will have at least 1/8 of an inch for the desired gap and the the ends will be hidden by the drywall and the baseboard. And no unsightly quarter round.

JetJaguar 07-10-2012 12:56 PM

I cannot control the required 1/8" gap between the planks and the wall if I do what you guys suggest. Also, to install this stuff (have either of you done it?), you need a straight smooth wall to push against, which is also not possible with a drywall overhang. Thats why I want to put down the baseboard first, so there will be something to line up and straighten the planks against.

drtbk4ever 07-10-2012 01:14 PM

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Originally Posted by JetJaguar (Post 962362)
Also, to install this stuff (have either of you done it?), you need a straight smooth wall to push against, which is also not possible with a drywall overhang.

Can you be more specific as to what kind of flooring you are installing, like a brand name or a link to a website?

JetJaguar 07-10-2012 01:21 PM

Allure Locking http://www.homedepot.ca/product/lock...c-maple/918276

drtbk4ever 07-10-2012 01:37 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTH9102E7qk

Have a quick look at this video. Installing this is just like laminate flooring. The gap is suggested for expansion and contraction. The guy in the video doesn't bother.

So personally I wouldn't worry about controlling the 1/8 gap along your starter wall. Chances are the wall isn't straight to begin with. So it would be 1/8 in one area and 1/4 in another, and perhaps 0 in another.

I would lay out a good portion of the first row along your starter wall. Because the floor is floating you can move it around a bit to get it in the exact spot you want it to be. I would put the edge of this flooring just under the edge of the drywall. That will give you at least the 1/8 gap you want. Now if you want to ensure your gap is exactly 1/8, put some painters tape on the flooring and shove the flooring all the way tight against the wall under the drywall. Mark that with a pencil mark. Measure 1/8" back toward the wall, place another mark on the painters tape. Line that up with the drywall edge and your gap will be 1/8 of an inch.

TarheelTerp 07-10-2012 01:49 PM

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Originally Posted by JetJaguar (Post 962286)

So I want to put the baseboard back in (I have it all numbered) so that it just about touches the concrete, then install the flooring up against the baseboard... and then put in ¼ round over the floor. Will that work?

that should work well.

JetJaguar 07-10-2012 02:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by drtbk4ever (Post 962381)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTH9102E7qk

Have a quick look at this video. Installing this is just like laminate flooring. The gap is suggested for expansion and contraction. The guy in the video doesn't bother.

So personally I wouldn't worry about controlling the 1/8 gap along your starter wall. Chances are the wall isn't straight to begin with. So it would be 1/8 in one area and 1/4 in another, and perhaps 0 in another.

I would lay out a good portion of the first row along your starter wall. Because the floor is floating you can move it around a bit to get it in the exact spot you want it to be. I would put the edge of this flooring just under the edge of the drywall. That will give you at least the 1/8 gap you want. Now if you want to ensure your gap is exactly 1/8, put some painters tape on the flooring and shove the flooring all the way tight against the wall under the drywall. Mark that with a pencil mark. Measure 1/8" back toward the wall, place another mark on the painters tape. Line that up with the drywall edge and your gap will be 1/8 of an inch.

This video is not about Allure Locking. (I am able to look up videos too, actually).

drtbk4ever 07-10-2012 02:22 PM

Just trying to help Peter.

Hopefully someone will stop in and tell you what you want to hear.

JetJaguar 07-10-2012 02:27 PM

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Originally Posted by drtbk4ever (Post 962407)
Just trying to help Peter.

Hopefully someone will stop in and tell you what you want to hear.

..or read my posts carefully.

No just kidding. Couldn't resist. Thanks anyway. Another thing I can do, suggested in another thread, is tape the first few planks together. The basic issue is right now I can't get them all to stay connected. Insert one, a previous one comes out. Turns out its a common problem. I either need some kind of wall that meets the floor (base board) so I can have something to push against, or try taping the first few planks together. Once I reach critical mass, I shouldn't need to tape anymore.

pkrapp74 07-10-2012 02:35 PM

You're using 7.5mil flooring, which is just under 3/8". How thick is your baseboard? If it is at least 1/2", then temporarily stand some scrap pieces of your flooring vertically against the wall. This will give you a good 1/4" spacing, and will allow the gap to be covered by your baseboard.

Or do what you were originally planning to do. It will work just fine. I just try not to add quarter round unless I have to.

drtbk4ever 07-10-2012 02:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JetJaguar (Post 962416)
..or read my posts carefully.

No just kidding. Couldn't resist. Thanks anyway. Another thing I can do, suggested in another thread, is tape the first few planks together. The basic issue is right now I can't get them all to stay connected. Insert one, a previous one comes out. Turns out its a common problem. I either need some kind of wall that meets the floor (base board) so I can have something to push against, or try taping the first few planks together. Once I reach critical mass, I shouldn't need to tape anymore.


Finally, the true problem has come to the surface. I've seen tape used as you described or the method pkrapp suggested.

JetJaguar 07-10-2012 02:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pkrapp74 (Post 962422)
You're using 7.5mil flooring, which is just under 3/8". How thick is your baseboard? If it is at least 1/2", then temporarily stand some scrap pieces of your flooring vertically against the wall. This will give you a good 1/4" spacing, and will allow the gap to be covered by your baseboard.

Or do what you were originally planning to do. It will work just fine. I just try not to add quarter round unless I have to.

Very interesting, dare I say ingenious? But the product might be to floppy to be used that way.

My wife just sent me a good video on an identical product. Cue it up to 4:24 and you'll see the technique for locking it in. Especially at 4:26, where he lifts the outer edge to make the inner edge snap into the groove.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcOLs...feature=relmfu


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