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Old 03-02-2019, 02:16 PM   #1
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gaps in laminate


There are gaps in the laminate and the boards are not going to be replaced. Will it work to use putty and stain?

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Have you tried cleaning the gaps with a vacuum cleaner and knocking the boards together? There is a z shaped steel bar that is used for laminate installation. Hook one leg of the z and hammer the other leg to close the joints. You have to temporarily removed the base molding for this fix.


I would try that first, before applying the caulk which would be noticeable.
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Hey, that product seems interesting, you don't have to remove the base molding.
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Hey, that product seems interesting, you don't have to remove the base molding.
A friend had a few every year that were apart he would ware his deck shoe and give the board what he called the power scuff and they would close up.
Just a forward kick that hit the board and stopped his foot.
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Thanks to Hidyi and Nealtw.

I've had someone stomp forward on the boards and it does close the gap... for a short while until the gap comes back. I'm not comfortable removing the molding but thank you for that suggestion. It seems like the Floor Gap Fixer is essentially a weight attaching to the board that allows it to be hammered shut, but what keeps it from opening again?
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Are the gaps located where there is a lot of traffic? It could be that there are unintended "power scuffs". What if you wood glue the joints of the offending planks together, not to the underlayment, just the joints. I don't see a problem, but maybe someone could give a reason not to.

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Thanks to Hidyi and Nealtw.

I've had someone stomp forward on the boards and it does close the gap... for a short while until the gap comes back. I'm not comfortable removing the molding but thank you for that suggestion. It seems like the Floor Gap Fixer is essentially a weight attaching to the board that allows it to be hammered shut, but what keeps it from opening again?
I think the problem is the floor is not equal in moisture or temp. And you are getting different expansion rate in some boards and that maybe else where in the floor. Or maybe when they contract the have to pull the floor in and if that joint is week, it just separates instead.
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Are the gaps located where there is a lot of traffic? It could be that there are unintended "power scuffs". What if you wood glue the joints of the offending planks together, not to the underlayment, just the joints. I don't see a problem, but maybe someone could give a reason not to.

To answer your question: the gaps are not in an area with a lot of traffic. They're actually in the area with the least traffic.
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Thanks to Hidyi and Nealtw.

I've had someone stomp forward on the boards and it does close the gap... for a short while until the gap comes back.
Well that makes it easy. Clean and vac the joint. Then add glue in the joint. Close the gap and wipe off excess glue with a damp rag.
Joint just needs to stay closed over night to dry. Very good chance this will solve your problem.

The very first laminate floors in the 1990's where installed this way. Glue on every joint. And clamped together to squeeze out glue.
Lot more time to install.

Again pretty sure that will solve your problem. But will give you a plan B anyway.

Skip that putty and stain. Slim chance you will get a match. And the key here is a bad match will stick out like a sore thumb and look even worse.

Look up " Roberts Wood, Laminate & Vinyl Putty "
Buy a few tubes and mix colors to find a blend that matches. This is the only hard part.
I have done this a few times and most have trouble finding the patch even on there hands and knees.
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