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Laminate Flooring is a synthetic flooring product that is often used instead of more expensive natural floor products.

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What direction should laminate flooring be placed in?

I'm thinking of installing laminate flooring and have a question: If I'm installing laminate throughout the house, should ALL of it be going in the same direction? Say for example, let's say I have ...
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How do I lay "click system" laminate flooring across an opening?

I want to lay laminate flooring throughout my apartment as one big continuous floor. Normally you start laying a row against a wall and then create a new row and click it into the previous row. This ...
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How do I remove baseboard that has been tiled over?

The previous owner installed tile without re-installing the original baseboard. We are trying to remove the baseboard in preparation for installing laminate flooring. Afterwards our plan is to ...
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Laminating hallway with opposing doorways - how to tackle the last piece/row having undercut the architrave & door frames?

I am planning on spending my bank holiday laminating the our hallway tomorrow. Although I have a fair amount of experience, I am in a bit of a quandary concerning how to lay the last row of laminate ...
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What to look for in buying laminate flooring

We are beginning to look at replacing the floors in our home and are considering laminate flooring. We are wondering if there is a difference in type and quality, especially when pricing is concerned. ...
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What's the best way to level this basement floor?

Goal: Level basement slab in our 1905 Seattle home so I can install laminate flooring. Existing floor: 21' x 25' unreinforced rat slab thickness varies from ~2" at rim to as little as 3/4" near ...
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What are some tips for installing laminate wood flooring?

I'm about to install laminate wood flooring in our family room. The floor is concrete. Having not done this before what tools and tips can you all offer before I get started?
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Is it okay to store laminate flooring in a dry garage for a couple weeks?

I have purchased some flooring that I won't be able to install for a couple weeks. I live in Canada and the winter is on its way, so the temperature is beginning to reach freezing. Is it okay to ...
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How can I install T molding on concrete subflooring?

I'm at the point where I want to install some T molding for the transition from our main room to the bedrooms. I just took a look at the directions and they only show screwing the track into the ...
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How should laminate flooring be secured next to brick?

I want to install laminate flooring in a family room that has a brick fireplace. Part of the laminate would be directly next to the brick base of the fireplace. What kind of base-board or base-piece ...
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How can I transition between these floors?

I have recently fitted some new laminate flooring to my living room floor. This floor meets directly with the tiled floor of the kitchen. I'm looking to fit some sort of transition bar between the ...
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Can I use just molding to hold down a floating floor or must I use quarter-round?

I am installing a floating floor (click-lock). The molding is all coming off anyway. Can I use just molding to hold the floating floor down or must I use molding AND quarter-round??
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How can I level this concrete floor so I can install laminate?

I did a rough sketch up of what I'm working with in Google Sketchup. I'm laying laminate flooring in my basement living room and have all of the necessary preparations (Plastic layer and padding) My ...
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Cutting already installed tile?

I am planning on installing floating laminate flooring in my hallway among other places in my house. I wanted to take out the tile on the outside of this small bathroom and I wanted to wait to replace ...
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How do I repair a small chip in a laminate floor?

I had a company come in and clean my carpets recently, and while they were in the house they managed to chip a part of my laminate flooring. I went down to the local home improvement megamart, and ...
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Which laminate flooring is best with a largish dog?

I'm looking to install some laminate flooring in my kitchen/dining area. I'm pretty set on >= 10mil flooring but am wondering if some brands hold up better than others to pet abuse. I've got an 80 ...
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What can I do about mild water/moisture damage to laminate wooden flooring?

Yesterday, I accidentally left the window open while it was raining heavily. Some rain poured in for a while (maybe a half-hour or so) before I noticed. After I had wiped off the floor, some dark ...
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How much does the quality of laminated flooring depend on its thickness?

I'm shopping for laminate flooring and am looking at two different manufacturers, Pergo and Mowhawk. The Pergo we're interested in has pre-attached underlayment and is 10 mm thick with a lifetime ...
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How do I fix laminate flooring that's begun to rise in the middle?

We have laminate flooring in our kitchen/lounge and over the winter (which are cold and damp here in New Zealand) the flooring has begun to rise up in a couple of places. It was fitted by the previous ...
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Should I run laminate continuously through rooms, or separate with T moulding?

I am installing laminate flooring in an area that has two bedrooms and a living area. The bedrooms are about 150 sq ft each and the living space is around 250 sq ft. --------------- ----------...
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What should I use to protect and cover my floors during construction?

We are building a new house and I'm installing the laminate wood flooring. The builder suggested I cover the flooring after I'm done to protect it during the last few weeks of construction and with ...
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Installing floating floor and keep getting gaps

My sister and I are installing pergo max premier which is a new verison of their floating floor, my sister has installed 2 laminate floors before and this type is a lot thicker with less give and more ...
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No More Nails adhesive on PVA primed drywall?

I'd like to glue laminate flooring on my TV wall. I just plan to glue the laminate directly to the wall, which is drywall primed with Kilz PVA I have No More Nails general purpose adhesive lying ...
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Laminate floor sliding out of place

I learned the hard way not to plank on floating laminate floor when the board my feet were on slid toward the wall. I fixed it initially by just applying force in the other direction, but now it ...
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Advice for installing click lock engineered bamboo floor over linoleum?

I am currently acclimating a bunch of Home Decorators Collection click lock engineered bamboo flooring. The installation area (entryway and kitchen) currently has very even/flat linoleum and I plan to ...
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How can I repair laminate floor boards with damaged edges?

I noticed that two panels of my laminate floor board have not joined well: there is a small gap between them. Now, it seems that constant wear is damaging the edges of the board. Is there any way to ...
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How to edge laminate to curved edge?

I have been asked to fit bathroom laminate in our bathroom. I have laid bathroom laminate before, so that holds no fear for me. Edging laminate is usually one of two options: skirting boards are ...
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How do you level 1/2" x 6" flooring planks?

We have a 1920's house with some 1/2" X 6" planks. Unfortunately the floor is in quite rough shape with finger wide gaps in some spots, I started to attempt to sand and flatten it but I think it will ...
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Where can you find out how repetitive the patterns of a particular laminate floor are?

We are interested in installing laminate floors from the Quick-Step brand. Of course, for a laminate floor to feel "natural", there needs to be enough "variation" between sheets/planks so that the ...
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Should I install baseboards before or after laminate flooring?

I am planning on having laminate flooring. The baseboards are not installed yet. Should I wait until the laminate is in first? Or should I do it before it is installed?
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How should I complete the installation of my flooring where a gap remains against the wall?

I am laying laminate flooring in a room and unfortunately my calculations were off and I am left with expansion gaps of about 2.5cm to 4.5cm (0.97in to 1.77in) along one wall (see picture). Is there ...
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Where can I find a cheap diamond stone-cutting blade for my Dremel Multi-Max?

I'm getting ready to place laminate flooring in a room with a brick fireplace. As per Mike's recommendation here, I'd like to use my Dremel Multi-Max tool to cut a space in the base of our brick ...
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Can houseplants actually improve air quality?

I just moved to a new apartment. If I close the windows, the air gets heavy and stale very quickly and I get a headache. The place has laminate flooring (which looks pretty realistic, I thought it ...
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Can I install laminate flooring over linoleum which is torn?

I have a small hallway/entryway with cheap linoleum. (Approximately 8 ft by 3 ft.) Part of it is torn, exposing the concrete floor underneath. I have enough laminate (simulated wood) flooring left ...
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Do I need to put a second layer of damp proof membrane under my laminate flooring?

I'm attempting to lay some laminate flooring over a level floor made of screed. At the edges of the floor where it meets the wall I can see that under the screed it looks like the builder has already ...
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Raise and support a sunken laminate floorboard without removing the entire floor?

I have a tongue-and-groove laminate floor, laid on 3mm foam underlay on concrete slab. After around 10 years of use, the long edge of one floorboard now drops around 1mm when stepped on. I think ...
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Is it possible to install flush mount floor vents in a laminate wood floor?

My laminate flooring doesn't come with floor vents so I may have to find some and stain them. I was told I need to get the drop in floor vents that sit above the flooring, but is there an easy way to ...
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Is underlayment necessary in a room over a garage?

It is my understanding that underlayment beneath laminate flooring reduces sound between floors, i.e. for the room below. Is there a functional purpose beyond reducing noise in the room below? I'm ...
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When installing two layers of subfloor, is it okay to secure both layers to joists?

I am in the middle of replacing my subfloor. The old subfloor was two layers, each about 1/2 inch thick, totaling 1 inch. 1-1/8 inch OSB is pretty much out of stock everywhere at the moment so I'm ...
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Should I remove and replace base trim or install quarter round when installing laminate flooring?

I want to install laminate over my existing tile floor. The problem is that I have small 3¼" baseboards. If I don't remove the base moldings and install quarter rounds I think it will look ...
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How do I remove stuck-on stains from laminate flooring?

I recently bought a fixer-upper house that has light-colored laminate plank flooring. It would be really nice, if I could get it clean. It has stuck-on stains, like someone left melted ice cream on ...
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How tight should baseboards be for laminate?

So, I'm a little stumped on this one. I've installed laminate over a pad, but because of the way that the boards click in and the fact that it's a floating floor, the parts that end near the edges (...
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How can I protect laminated floor from casters on office chairs?

How can I protect laminated floor from office chairs? An acrylic mat looks ugly. Can a rug end up damaging the floor too?
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Do I need a separate moisture barrier for basement laminate flooring

I am going to install laminate flooring (without attached padding) on the concrete floor in my basement. Do I need a moisture barrier in addition to the underlayment padding or does the underlayment ...
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Laminate flooring edging

I've installed some laminate flooring, and am coming to do the edging. I'm aware that I can't fix the edging to the floor itself, but to the wall. However, the wall is just brick. I've tried using ...
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How do I cut a brick fireplace hearth to allow for a laminate flooring expansion gap?

I am attempting to cut a small piece out of the brick fireplace (already in place) to allow for the expansion of the floating laminate flooring that I am installing. I don’t want to just leave the ...
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Laminate floor against fireplace brick

We are installing a laminate floor in our family room and have precisely the same problem as described in this question. The brick is not even close to flat where it meets the floor, leading to ugly ...
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Laminate flooring without molding?

I'm going to be installing laminate flooring in a metal enclosed patio and am wondering how to handle the molding around the edge. I've done laminate flooring several times so I'm familiar with the ...
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Is there a "safe" sub-floor leveling compound?

I have some gashes in my sub-floor that I'd like to fill/level before placing laminate flooring down. Upon checking at my local home depot, I found some floor leveling compound but quite frankly, I'm ...
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How can I fill floor gaps near the door and gaps in parquet units?

There are some gaps in the floor near the door frame. I am a new homeowner that's why I am not sure whether it is by design or it needs to be fixed. It looks ugly, can I put some kind of filler to ...
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