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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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Laying used laminate floating floor

The fact that the laminate was soaked with water caused it to swell. Drying it won't allow it to contract completely. Add to that the flooring was laid on concrete. Was there a vapor barrier between ...
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What tool/method should I use to clean up this laminate edge?

Personally, I would invest in a new laminate routing bit and go over that edge. You could also a chisel and lightly score the edges. I'd put some masking tape on the laminate to protect it while your ...
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How should I install laminate without removing the baseboard?

You should remove the baseboard, install the flooring, and then reinstall the baseboard. At least that's how I do it. Most people leave the baseboard in place, and cover the expansion gap with ...
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How can I repair this water damage area in my "laminate"(?) countertop near my sink?

It's a design flaw, not actually your fault. [Final damning analysis at the end.] I've seen two types of that 'not-really-laminate', it's either a heat-bonded plastic or a really, really thin layer of ...
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Wood laminate floor wont snap together can I just nail it down

Without more specific brand information my definitive answer is likely not. The reason being that most prefinished lock together flooring is designed to float. By float it should be able to expand and ...
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laminate flooring transitions

Guessing that the luan subflooring is only 1/4" thick I would strongly suggest that you remove it. Since the existing carpet squares are glued down to it I suspect it would be way more work trying to ...
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shaving a bit off a laminate countertop

I did exactly this to fit a slightly bigger sink into an existing countertop made from laminated chipboard. The difference in size was very little (perhaps 5mm) I used a cheap jigsaw - it was a ...
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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 to test to see if a wall is straight for laminate flooring installation?

One way to test a wall for straightness is to stretch a string from corner to corner. A good practice when doing this is to space the string out in the corners by the thickness of a board. Then the ...
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how do you install laminate flooring with multiple rooms at one time with click flooring (since you can only put it in one way)

We did this and cheated; at some doorways we stopped and covered the join with a rather smart strip of brass. This makes it a lot easier, especially if: your house is not quite square the floors ...
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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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Is it okay to remove metal joints on the subfloor?

That is a strap tie and is meant to distribute a load over a distance (usually across boards, joists, studs, etc.) I see it a lot in attics in Florida (ie hurricane straps) but not on floors. ...
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Heat Damage to Laminate Counter-top Near Gas Range

There appears to be insufficient gap and the range appears to be too low. The easiest thing would be to raise the range by 3/4 inch to 1 inch. This might reduce heating of those areas. EDIT Might ...
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Laminate flooring finishing around door jam

Do you still have any pieces of laminate and willing to some more work? You are supposed to undercut the door jamb with saw and slide the laminate under the jamb for a clean look
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What tool/method should I use to clean up this laminate edge?

This seems like a fine job for a razor scraper. If not then a super sharp wood chisel would also work. If using either tool you should be careful to not let the tool dig into the laminate. Make sure ...
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How to close gaps between laminate floorboards

A suction cup (~$12) and a rubber mallet: From: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mmhet1bp9U ... its possible to stick the suction cup to the floor board and tap it with a rubber mallet. Glue can be ...
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Laminate flooring in basement

Two major considerations for basement flooring are moisture and comfort. Moisture is the primary consideration -- concrete floors are cool and porous and will permit moisture to infiltrate from ...
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What products will make installation of subway tile over laminate backsplash successful?

Hire a competent finish carpenter to remove the trim. Then proceed as "everything you read says" - remove laminate and apply backerboard. 1946 trim is probably better-quality wood than anything you ...
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How to close gaps between laminate floorboards

So, someone finally made a product for this. Mine is on the way so I'll let you know how it works. It's an aluminum bar with a micro-suction material on it. Simple but genius. https://www....
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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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Laminate Hardwood floor installation

It is typical that the flooring gap needs to be about 3/8 inch from the wall. Drywall on walls is very often 1/2 inch thick. You could this simply elect to just run the flooring right up to the edge ...
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Applying contact cement for laminate

So I'm narcissistically answering my own question... I waited a couple weeks and nobody bit, so, here it is. The answer is, yes... wait 20 minutes until it is more or less dry to the touch. It might ...
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What is the best tool to rip laminate flooring planks to width?

Use a flooring saw like this type Skill Flooring Saw. Much much safer and easier to use than a table saw. Look at the video in the link. Here
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What circular saw blade would i use to cut laminate flooring planks?

You will want a fine tooth blade. The more teeth the better. This will reduce the risk of chipping the laminate surface.
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Baseboards or Laminate flooring first?

If you put baseboards first, you'd have to tuck the laminate under them. Flooring first, baseboards second.
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Lamination to achieve smooth surface over plywood

Lamination is a valid term to use in your application. Countertops are often laminated with Formica™ but I would not consider it to be a product to be rolled on in a manner similar to wallpaper. I ...
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Laminate flooring repair

If you are talking about the fake wood, floating type of laminate flooring that clicks together, you can't really repair it. This type of flooring does not handle moisture well and will bubble after ...
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Should base trim have a gap between it and laminate flooring?

I've never encountered a flooring that recommended that, and if one did I wouldn't install it (or I'd deny that request). It would look odd.
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Can I repair light scratches on a laminate countertop?

It's worth trying a high-quality paste wax before going too crazy with more involved fixes. Applied correctly you shouldn't even notice the wax. If you mess up or dislike it, wax is soluble in acetone ...

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