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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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Any tricks to extend laminate floor without having to re-lay the whole floor?

Problem: I had some old french doors removed and some new upvc bifold doors fitted. The french doors had a brick stub wall either side of the doors. My laminate floor was fitted up to the brick walls. ...
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Jigsaw cuts crooked when trying to rip enginered wood

Cack handed DIY amateur here.. I need to cut engineered wood planks lengthwise - they're 4mm oak on a 10mm MDF base. I'm having trouble getting a jigsaw to cut straight. With a "clean wood" blade the ...
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Are there any things to consider when putting thick rubber underlayment down?

I am finishing my attic and have just completed laying the OSB subfloor. I plan to use this space as a yoga studio for my wife / guest room for family / playroom for my child. It is directly over my ...
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Which tile cutter to use for commercial flooring tiles?

I am putting (vinyl?) commercial flooring tiles in one of my hallways. The product I've seen one guy (pro) use at a supermarket once was this: Now, that baby is $200+. I was wondering whether the ...
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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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Should I install a plywood layer over concrete before I install laminate flooring?

I’m installing laminate flooring in my basement. I have watched a few videos - some people add the laminate on the concrete with a moisture barrier, but some add a plywood layer over the concrete and ...
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Fixing a Pergo separation

I am currently installing a Pergo-like interlocking, floor system in my kitchen. I noticed after finishing one area that two of the flooring strips had separated about 1/16th of an inch a few rows ...
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Determine depth of laminate flooring

I am going to remove some, but not all, of the laminate flooring in a particular area of our home. I understand that using a circular saw set to a very shallow depth is appropriate for this, which ...
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How will a granite countertop on a floating island affect the laminate floor it sits on?

We are looking at upgrading our countertops to granite. We have a floating laminate floor under a movable island that we don't wish to anchor. The island would have a 40"x50" top surface. How does ...
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Bowed laminate flooring on slab: How to proceed?

I recently bought a house with laminate flooring in a partially-below-grade room that sits on a concrete slab. The owners ripped out carpeting in the room and installed the laminate prior to putting ...
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Am I required to install expansion joints at all interior doorways for Pergo?

I am planning to install Pergo laminate floor. When I look up on installation guide, it recommends to use transition molding for doorways less than 4 ft or room larger than 40 ft. My question is ...
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What is the reason and the fix for gaps between laminate planks?

After 3 or 4 years of installing laminate floors these small gaps started to appear between the planks: I'd like to better understand two things: Why/how do these gaps come to be: temperature ...
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Will treating the edges of laminate parquet flooring with teak oil improve water resistance?

Recently, I bought laminate wood parquet flooring (8mm) with an HDF core for my apartment. I intend to use this throughout the entire apartment, excluding bathrooms but including kitchen. It is not ...
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What is causing my laminate flooring to become warped?

Recently I've noticed the following in my laminate flooring: Apologies if the image is huge or unclear (I'm writing this from the Stack Exchange mobile app. In short, there is ripples/bubbles in the ...
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new laminate flooring over existing hardwood, what underlayment should be used?

We're redoing the flooring in the whole house. We have existing hardwood which is in decent shape. a few scratches here or there that could probably be fixed. No buckling or anything. Maybe one or two ...
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Under-floor heating and sub-floor

I want to replace my existing carpeted living room with a wooden/laminate floor - as part of this project, I was also considering putting under-floor heating in. Currently, the floor consist of ...
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Do I need a vapor-barrier for laminate if my current floor is raised off a concrete floor?

My basement was finished in the 50s or 60s, including a real white-pine hardwood floor. It's raised off the concrete floor by nominal 2x4s as furring strips. The floor has seen better days, and for ...
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Do I need to cut under door jambs when installing laminate flooring?

I'm planning on laminating the floor. On the photo attached, where you see a passage between the room and ensuite bathroom. So, do I have to cut the underneath of the doorjamb with a rotary tool or ...
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Best way to fill gaps between flooring panels evenly

For some reason, on the floor of the apartment all horizontal joints have gaps like the picture at the bottom (Vertical joints are fine). This causes unpleasant sensation when I put my bare skin on it,...
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I am installing laminate flooring over the course of several days. Do I need to use the standard 48 hour acclimitization period?

I am installing laminate flooring. Due to work and household schedules a relatively small installation job is likely to stretch out over 3 to 4 days. Given this slow installation pace do I need to let ...
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pick thickness of the engineered wood planks

I'm considering to install an engineered laminate floor on the plywood subfloor, the planks vary in thickness. How do people normally pick the right thickness of the planks? I understand that there ...
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What's behind laminate flooring AC rating

Can someone explain what is the concrete difference in manufacturing/testing between the various AC (abrasion class) ratings? I'm most interested in the difference between AC3 and AC4.
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Laminate flooring in multi-width bathroom

The master bath has several widths as seen below. [The closets will not get laminate flooring.] My guess is to determine the cuts required for each width and choose the best fit. How best to deal ...
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Can I install engineered hardwood over laminate flooring?

My floor has two layers of laminate flooring and the first layer is partially removed around the edges of the kitchen cabinets and walls. The top layer is glued down very well and I'm wondering if I ...
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Preparation for laminate floor went south

So I've setup few laminate floors so far, and I'm no expert at this but this is what I like to do in my spare time. So I've got a condo in which there were carpets and I teared out those and all ...
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Will my floating laminate flooring contract in winter enough to show the edges?

I have an old laminate floor. In summer it always showed signs of buckling. Now I fixed it by installing an expansion gap of about 0.6 inch (15mm) against the wall. Now the buckling is gone. However I ...
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How to cut the correct angle on transition strips

I just relaid my kitchen flooring using floating laminate. I am trying to figure out the best way to get these angles correct for a flush cut on the transition. If all else fails I'll cut to make it ...
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How can I secure vinyl plank flooring that has lifted?

I have a warped vinyl tile that does not lay flat on the floor underneath. There is not water damage, there is no other apparent problem. What solutions can you suggest? Maybe I can use a glue to ...
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Help with transition between rooms using hardwood and laminate flooring

All hardwood and laminate flooring needs an expansion gap according to every manufacturer. My problem is that I am replacing carpeting in one room that connects to my entryway area. The new floor ...
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Size of laminate flooring expansion gap

The instructions that came with my laminate flooring call for a 3/8" expansion gap for floors up to 33' x 26'. My floor is only 20' x 12'. Can I get away with a 1/4" gap? My baseboards are 1/2" ...
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how do I know if my wood floor is damaged?

I had left damp towels on the wood floors for entire day. Underneath it the floor was slippery and slightly wet. The wooden floor itself I don't know about other than its shinny and here's a pic of ...
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What is considered Greener/Greenest laminate flooring option available?

After doing extensive research on hardwood flooring, I have resigned myself to laminate due to an aging dog who has increasingly suspect bladder control. Given that laminate is completely artificial ...
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How do I cover large gaps of floor from wall with baseboard?

I just installed laminate floors in my basement. One wall (drywall) is not perfectly straight, leaving an area of the floor with a space as big as 1 3/4 inches from the wall. I don't like the idea ...
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Can I install laminate next to tile without using T-moulding?

I'm installing laminate flooring in a bedroom next to a tiled hallway. I'm planning to have a standard expansion gap all the way around the room, but I'm stuck on how to do the doorway. I know the ...
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Floor leveling compound ontop of glued-down laminate

There is floating LVP currently installed in my kitchen which needs to be replaced. Underneath it is glued-down laminate. There is a small section of the floor that dips down that I would like to ...
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Mend scratch in laminate flooring

While moving, I scratched the vinyl flooring. It is a "wood" laminate flooring, where the planks support material with a wood print veneer (as mentioned in Can/Should I seal laminate "wood" ...
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Can I float click laminate diagonally without transitions in my space?

I'd like to float click laminate on our floor in a continuous manner without transitions. I'd like to float diagonally, but am open to another orientation if this isn't feasible. I understand ...
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Divot repair in laminate flooring

I have a 5/16" bomb crater in my laminate floor. NO idea how it got there. Yes, I know I can replace the whole board, but it occurs to me that it might be possible to repair it using a drill and a ...
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Can I use a different brand of underlayment under my Pergo laminate floor and still be covered under the warranty?

I am not sold on Pergo Gold brand Underlayment. From reading reviews, there seem to be a good amount of unhappy customers who have used it. They say it crunches under the flooring when you walk on it. ...
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Should I use transitions with laminate flooring to control the size of plank needed at each wall?

Im aware my questions sounds silly but the real issue is the basement im installing in has two bedrooms and a long family room. My understanding is that planks should be atleast 2 inches wide at the ...
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How do I Clean and Seal Laminate floors?

My home has laminate (but appears wood) floors, and I want to emulate what we did in the Military, but I don't know any of the product names (just the slang, Sealer) I have use Linseed Oil on ...
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Installing floor threshold/transition - should I remove existing grout between wood laminate and ceramic tile?

I want to install a wood transition board where wood laminate meets ceramic tile at a basement bathroom doorway. The previous homeowner grouted the joint between the ceramic and the wood laminate ...
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Can I begin installing laminate flooring in a hallway?

I am a new home buyer and I want to replace some carpeted areas with laminate. Especially where my dogs are already chewing at it. I can't afford to get all of the material at once. My question is ...
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Leveling wood floor for laminate wood floor

I am laying down some laminate wood floor this week in my house over some older wood plank flooring. I was just going to put roofing paper down and then some foam style underlayment Home Depot ...
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What to do about the cracks on my wood floor?

I am trying to do some repairs of the floor. As you can see on photos, there are some cracks, dents, and gouges. I am thinking of getting wood filler for these, but I am not sure which one would be ...
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laminated flooring vs OSB

I'm considering the option of using OSB(10mm+ thick) in stead of laminated flooring, the floor is currently just concrete, on top of which there's linoleum on top of which there's a carpet. What I'm ...
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Are there any special considerations for installing laminate on a 2nd floor?

I have installed a lot of laminate in 1st floor rooms, with concrete subfloors. No issues there. Now I'm installing in a second floor bedroom in a townhouse. Before I rip up carpet Im checking to see ...
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How should I orient the laminate flooring in this room?

I'm planning to install new laminate flooring in a bedroom that has two closets, and I just want to make sure I'm orienting it correctly. From what I've read, there are two rules for this: Along the ...
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Can I repair the warping in this laminate flooring

So, this post is going to make me look like an idiot, but I'm okay with that. About 4 months ago, we bought 800 sq ft of laminate flooring (12mm w/backing). I stored the flooring in my garage, ...
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How can I hide the gap at the base of the stairs and the door, when installing laminate flooring?

I am starting to plan a project to lay laminate flooring in my hallway. Already I can see two areas which are not as straightforward as the rest of the area. The first area which I can see me having ...