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It depends on a couple of things. How much time you want to invest, how your current baseboards are installed, size of current baseboards, and what you want everything to look like. As long as it isn't a HUGE deal to take baseboards out I would almost always go with removing them. Your finish will look better. No quarter round looks way more professional....


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There are two ways to install flooring in areas of different heights. The cheapest and easiest method is to install transition pieces or thresholds between the areas of different heights. These transitions are available in different matching shapes and heights for most laminates. Common use is to join carpeted, tiled or other floors, to new flooring height. ...


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Sure you can. I'd recommend using a sharp Forsner type drill bit or sharp hole saw to avoid chipping the laminate. Cover the laminate with painter's tape and mark your hole centers. If your using a single 4" faucet fixture, use a template to drill the holes. If you are using separate handles/neck. the common spacing is 8 inches, but again, use the template....


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I have just recently tackled the same problem with my own hallway. The solution I did was as follows. I cut a piece so that it would fit the door opening and a little more, so that it will go under the door frame. I have cut this piece so that on one side there is still the laminate "click" side, while the other is naturally cut off (this is piece 2 in the ...


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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 the edge of the cardboard piece on the laminate boards. It worked out quite well I think and I hope there won’t be any structural support issues. The ...


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I can't imagine the sand idea working. I'd probably scratch that one off the list. Is the basement dry? If you feel that you still need a sloped floor to deal with water issues, I think you want to tackle those first before thinking about finishing the floor. Otherwise, your shimming idea makes the most sense. I don't think pebbles will work but some form ...


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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 the concrete and the laminate? If not then the flooring had been drawing moisture from the concrete for a long time before the water leak. You are lucky you were ...


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As DA01 mentioned, there are epoxy-based methods for refinishing laminate counter tops in the $100-200 range. They seem to have fairly positive reviews: Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformation Refinishing System $194.21 Covers 50 sq ft (cheesy how-to video showing how 'ridiculously easy' it is) Counter-Coat $179.95 Covers 35 sq ft (application ...


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For an inexpensive and easy to work with material I would consider MDF. In particular there is coloured MDF available. The colour is throughout the board, not just painted on the surface, here's an example: The benefit of this is that simply scratching the surface will not remove the colour. It also gives the MDF a neat texture as the colour is not 100% ...


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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 quarter-round or shoe molding. If you're going to do it this way, you'll have to leave the manufacturer recommended expansion gap between the flooring and the ...


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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 remove all the glue and prep its surface to a suitable condition for the laminate flooring. If you tried to leave the luan subflooring any type of transition ...


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According to their web site at http://na.pergo.com/HowTo_FAQ.aspx they state: Pergo floors must never be waxed, polished, sanded or refinished and never use a wet or jet mop when cleaning. Given that Pergo's surface is just a printed substrate, odds are the printing, itself, has faded. Probably time to replace. An easy 'fix' might be to get some runners ...


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I had a similar issue happen with my dishwasher and counter top laminate. What I ended up doing is peeling it back a bit more to give me access, and picked up some laminate/veneer cement (it is similar to rubber cement). You apply to both the laminate and the substrate, let it dry for 15 minutes (until it is no longer glossy) then push the two pieces ...


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Particle board with laminate. Cut laminate so it's a little larger, glue it on with contact cement and trim the edges with a router. Cheap and durable. + =


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If you look at comparable products like DriCore, they sell leveling kits (aka - shims) specifically for use with their product in uneven spots in your concrete - basically they're extra heavy duty shims designed to go under the subfloor. However, if your uneven spots are particularly large, you will need to build those areas up to be true (if not level) and ...


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There are lots of grades of laminate flooring. When I say lots maybe hundreds. These are the main things that figure in on how moisture will affect your laminate (almost all apply to engineered wood): Locking system. I have put together some laminate that have a very "loose" locking system. To the point where there are tiny gaps. Not an install issue,...


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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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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 contract independent of the base layer or sub floor. Since you have at least two different types it is likely they will expand and contract at different rates. ...


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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 struggle and the line was not straight but I managed to keep the top edge of the cut within my marked rectangle. Part of the problem was finding a long enough blade ...


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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 gap between the string and wall all along can be checked to see how even the wall is. The gap can even be checked with another piece of board that has the same ...


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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 are not quite flat you have big temperature variations you want to have different rooms not running the same way you want the doors to close snugly


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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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The floor does not have to be perfectly level. Just flat enough so the flooring lays flat. I use a 4' level or 2x4 and check the area. You dont want the level to teader or have a gap under it more than 1/4"-3/8". Small trouble areas you can fix with doubling up on the underlayment. If you need to level the floor more use floor leveler let it set up then ...


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I have fabricated custom counter tops for customers, and have also installed the preformed counter tops with the attached back-splash. The main issue of concern, when cutting laminated counter tops, is the tendency for the laminate to chip or break in an undesirable way, which may ruin the results of your efforts. However, there are simple tricks that can be ...


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Normally, when you go to fit a last piece with an undercut, you would remove the bottom half of the groove from the last piece so it can be fitted under the wall trim first and dropped down at the joint. You would then top nail with small finish nails and fill the holes. As you already know, it is impossible otherwise to fit tongue and grove to an undercut ...


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I built a very similar desk using A-grade birch finish ply. It requires some careful jigsaw work for the corner part. I faced it using hardwood planks, routed and sanded. The entire desk was then urethaned, for a hard and durable finish.


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Yes, you can install the faucet directly into the laminate countertop. I wouldn't use an under-mount sink with a laminate countertop, because the corners in a laminate countertop are weak points. But a separate faucet with a self-rimming sink should be fine.


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If you remove the baseboard, you risk damaging the walls. Installing the laminate with quarter round will be much easier and won't damage the existing walls. That's the only "better" we can answer. Aesthetically, "better" is wholly subjective. But I I think it'll look just as good either way, so go with easier and less damaging.


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Your best bet then would to get an artist brush and acrylic paint from an art supply or craft store. That can be blended to get the color you need to touch it in, though replacing it would be my choice to do. All told it would take less time, and about the same cost, if you have the cutting tools.


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