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Should I install baseboards before or after laminate flooring?

Baseboards should be installed after laminate. Most (all?) Laminate is a floating flooring system which means it doesn't actually attach to the subfloor (friction holds it in place once all the ...
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How should I complete the installation of my flooring where a gap remains against the wall?

I ended up ripping the laminate boards lengthwise using my jigsaw and fitting them in like Jim suggested. I used some cardboard to cut out the shape that the long pieces should be and then drew across ...
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Cutting already installed tile?

You're going to need two tools to do this and two specialty blades. A diamond cut-off disc to make the majority of the cut attached to a grinder. And you'll need a diamond (if available) or carbide-...
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Transition from wood laminate to concrete 3/8" down

Your run-of-the-mill reducer should do the job. This type usually comes with a steel channel that you'd anchor to the concrete, then you simply tap the piece in place.
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Laminate floor against fireplace brick

I would rent an "undercut saw" and put a diamond blade in it. Cut a channel along the floor at a suitable height. Brick cuts fairly easily and you'll have a dead-straight, perfect fit to ...
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How can I install T molding on concrete subflooring?

I know this is an old question, but here's what I did: (1) drill holes in the concrete. Yes, this is a PITA, but with the right bit it is not too bad. The holes do not need to be huge, nor do they ...
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What's the best way to level this basement floor?

My family remodeled and has dealt with old and new layers of cement. I suggest the following plan based on our educated, though non-professional experience. Leveling Old Cement Floor Preperation If ...
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how better to cut laminate planks -- with saws or laminate cutter

I do not use a laminate cutter. For some laminates I am able to score with a razor knife and a straight edge and then snap, for others I use a miter saw for cross cuts, a table saw for ripping ...
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Do I need to cut under door jambs when installing laminate flooring?

You don't have to, but there's not a great alternative to prevent gaps from showing. An "undercut saw" can be rented cheaply at your local tool rental shop. It's basically a circular saw with the ...
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Where pipes and wires are usually placed under door frames?

I note that you asked for the Netherlands. Usually wires run vertical in the walls, but sometimes they can run under an angle too. Same thing for ceilings, they run parallel to the wall, but not ...
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How can I fill floor gaps near the door and gaps in parquet units?

You've shown us two different things. The first is poor workpersonship. Jambs should be undercut to allow flooring to slide underneath, and flooring planks should extend further under transitions. ...
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Any tricks to extend laminate floor without having to re-lay the whole floor?

Well you are lucky because of those patio doors. What do I expect to see by patio doors - TILE! So: Go out and find some faux travertine (or the real stuff) tile. It looks like you need some 12"...
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Can houseplants actually improve air quality?

I would do both plants and an air filter. You can purchase a reasonable sized air filter for $89 on Amazon (Honeywell 17000-S QuietCare True HEPA Air Purifier, 200 sq ft) that does a pretty good job ...
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No More Nails adhesive on PVA primed drywall?

I wouldn't try to primarily use any adhesive for this, it would be better to use a brad nailer. This will be easier, faster and stronger (and cheaper, if you already have or don't count the cost of ...
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What's behind laminate flooring AC rating

I've managed to find a table by one manufacturer (Kaindl) that has some actual data. Basically AC3 vs AC4 comes down to twice the resistance before IP is reached in a Taber test, which uses ...
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How much weight can a floating floor tolerate?

Let's not reinvent the wheel here. No need to lubricate your floor. The key is that every room should allow movement on both axes. You wouldn't want to pin the flooring under cabinets because they're ...
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pick thickness of the engineered wood planks

Underlayment doesn't settle or compress appreciably, and you usually won't find varying thicknesses of your particular choice of flooring. You'd have to change brands to change thickness. Unless you ...
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How should I complete the installation of my flooring where a gap remains against the wall?

This is a floating floor, when you rip the pieces and install them they will be partly covered by the mouldings. This is the normal way to install this type of flooring.
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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?

The "48 hour" timeline assumes the flooring cartons are laid out to "acclimate", with air only getting above the cartons. Get air underneath them. Take your first day or two's worth of packages ...
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How to cut the correct angle on transition strips

Firstly, note that the cuts on two adjoining pieces should have the same angle, but in the opposite direction. Failure to do this will result in something like you've shown us here, with points ...
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Best way to fill gaps between flooring panels evenly

I'd strongly recommend talking to the landlord to see if he will fix the improperly installed laminate flooring. If he refuses, but gives you permission (I'd get it in writing, just to be sure) to ...
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Engineered wood vs. Laminated wood for living room and kitchen floors

Engineered wood, even it's more expansive. The choice is simple: Life expectancy This is one of the most significant differences between the two flooring options. In very general terms when you buy a ...
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How to raise floor to 5cm?

Since you have not mentioned any major failure of the existing floor, any of the thin floor options are best served by "put on top of the old floor" (which is roughly the same level for thin ...
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Laminate flooring in multi-width bathroom

I second @ChrisCudmore's recommendation of not using laminate in a wet environment. Consider choosing a flooring type that is less susceptible to degradation via moisture. That being said, the rule ...
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reuse laminate flooring?

I think you are setting yourself up for a lot of grief. Caveats in what you are doing: There are going to be losses. Some are already worn, some are chipped. Some will have edges and corners break ...
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Install carpet tiles over laminate in basement?

Give the history you know of with the home, it's probably not a concern. I'd ask the carpet manufacturer how it affects your warranty, though. As easy as laminate is to remove, it might be worth doing....
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What is considered Greener/Greenest laminate flooring option available?

In my last kitchen remodel, I used linoleum, mostly because it was a natural and "green" product. Note that vinyl flooring is often inappropriately called linoleum. You can read more online, but I ...
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Fixing a Pergo separation

There is generally a lot of friction, making adjustment difficult, so you might have to either disassemble and redo it, or just fill the gap with the matching repair putty. It will be noticeable ...
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How do I make an non-toxic, low cost DIY cleaning solution for laminate floors?

Pure water is not good for dissolving greasy residue. I use warm water with a small amount of dish washing detergent in it to mop the ceramic tile in the kitchen and throughout the house. I do not do ...
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What are the consequences to laying continuous floating floor without using transitioning pieces?

The problem is expansion of the floating floor from seasonal moisture changes**. Transitions provide expansion joints. If you have excessively long continuous flooring, without large expansion joints ...
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