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Old 10-22-2011, 03:25 PM   #1
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i have a existing flowing laminate floor were some of the planks arebucking up and would like to know if i can remove some of them without damage to the good planks. my e-mail is [email protected]
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Old 10-23-2011, 11:38 PM   #2
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Replacing damaged planks is a tricky process. Books with illustrated explainations would better show the several methods of repair. But first, be very sure the plank is actually warped.

The number ONE reason planks bow up is that the subfloor is not dead flat. Uneveness in the subfloor will always make planks bow up. If that is the case, any replacement effort will be in vain and you may end up with a bigger repair problem than you started with. Check the laminate floor manufacturer's published limits regarding subfloor flatness before you do any repair.

The SECOND most common reason for plank floor bowing is caused by improper mating of the interlocking joints. The joints must be correctly mated in a very specific way by inserting at an angle and dropping the plank flat. They cannot be driven horzontally. Joints must be kept absolutely free of obstructions.

Rarely do planks bow unless they have gotten wet.

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Actually if the planks are buckling, there probably isn't any expansion gap around the edges. Check that first. That's the number one cause of failure and it can be fixed.
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:40 AM   #4
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Dennis, do you get tons of junk mail and spam from Nigeria promising you millions of $$$ and enhanced body parts?

There is a blue edit button in the bottom right corner of your post. I would suggest you use it to remove your email address.
Posting your email address on a public forum is really not a good idea.
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