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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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Laminate flooring without molding?

There are many different types of moldings you can install that are around 1/2" thick that you can glue. Pine would glue down fine on metal (might require doing it in sections so you can keep ...
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How do I stop my island from sliding across the floor?

There are a few options... You can remove the non-marring plastic feet provided by Ikea, and replace them with some rubber nail or screw on feet, or you can get rubber "caster cups" that the existing ...
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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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Temporary floor fix - Ikea laminate on concrete and wooden boards

Is this over a crawlspace? Fix your dampness and ventilation problems first before you invest a lot of time/money into the cosmetics. You will probably find more issues. Why do you want to do this ...
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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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reuse laminate flooring?

As long as the boards come apart without damaging them, and appear to be in good condition with no water damage, sure!
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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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Preparation for laminate floor went south

You just need to fill the gap with a floor leveler. You will clean area, prime it (primer is sold right next to floor leveler at big box), and add leveler. You need a day for primer to dry usually ...
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Laminate floor sliding out of place

What happened is that you broke off the MDF tab that was holding that plank in place. That's why it slides freely now; nothing's mechanically holding it in place anymore. Since the core is MDF, any ...
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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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Jigsaw cuts crooked when trying to rip enginered wood

You are, IME, IMHO, using the wrong tool, definitely. A (sharp) hand ripsaw would be preferable. A circular saw would be preferable. A bandsaw would be preferable. A tablesaw would be ideal ...but ...
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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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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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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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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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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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When installing two layers of subfloor, is it okay to secure both layers to joists?

That's the usual approach. Almost no one puts down double-thick subfloor in residential applications (for cost and handling reasons), and both layers need to be fastened to joists. Only thin ...
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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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