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Find and examine an exposed edge on your laminate somewhere -- most easy to find is where the front edge abuts with a wood trim strip (in custom countertop designs) or where it wraps around the front of the countertop (more common with the manufactured type with integrated backsplash). You'll be able to see the dark color of the laminate substrate and also ...


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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 so it's easily removed. You can't really make anything worse, in other words.


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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. Placing one on a seam, such as the long strap, really doesn't distribute a load but it could be one of those "contractor" quick fixes (ie, I only have 2 straps when I ...


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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 off as you take the floor apart. Even in the cardboard boxes when new, the edges get damaged if you are careless moving the boxes around. So figure on some ...


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