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Laminate Flooring project of doom!

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by cdikkers, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. Apr 18, 2013 at 7:38 PM
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    Rip a piece , make sure it's gonna fit and drop it in with some glue
     
  2. Apr 18, 2013 at 7:55 PM
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    If you don't want to take it out and cut another one do what oz said, and for the little gap maybe just use some brown caulk. No big deal. You will get the hang of it, i bet your next piece that goes under the casing will come out better.
     
  3. Apr 18, 2013 at 8:06 PM
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    ^ is the way to go if you dont want to take it out and cut a "L".

    Cut the middle of the door and place that T underneath.

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  4. Apr 18, 2013 at 8:20 PM
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    X2

    Glue a piece in and putty it up so the cut isn't real obvious.

    Also, you should cut your threshold to fit around the center piece of your door frame.
     
  5. Apr 18, 2013 at 9:17 PM
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    You have to cut a smaller piece and then use a small pry bar to "click" them together. Use putty or brown caulk to cover the crack at the door trim.


    Instead of cutting the threshold... cut the center piece. Then put it in between.

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  6. Apr 19, 2013 at 3:50 AM
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    If you cut it like this, you'll still be left with a gap in the center of the door frame that the threshold is not under. It's not difficult to notch a threshold, and the threshold is much cheaper then a door frame. Your wife wants it done right, notch the threshold.
     
  7. Apr 19, 2013 at 4:35 AM
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    I would just cut a perfect piece and glue it in. But if you have any other doorways trim just a little on the bottom so flooring will slide underneath.

    On the wife, they will always find something to get mad about!
     
  8. Apr 19, 2013 at 7:57 AM
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    The transition piece ended up not lined up with the center because the carpet got trimmed just a touch to far back. When I mocked it up before I put everything in, that was about as far forward as I could put it with it still covering the carpet. I do have the door jams trimmed so the flooring will slide under, I think this was just the product of poor measuring. My other transitions are fine. I have some remains from pieces that I trimmed lengthwise, so I will probably cut a little piece off, remove the transition, and try to slide it in from the back and tap it in there. I have to work today, so not sure if that will happen today or not.
     
  9. Apr 19, 2013 at 8:40 AM
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    Transition isn't supposed to be center, it's supposed to be under the door. When the door is closed, you should only see either wood, or carpet depending on which side of the door you are standing on. Assuming where you have it is the side the door hangs on, then it's in the right place.

    I was talking about the gap between the threshold and the door frame. If you cut the edges with an L, you can make it sit flush.
     
  10. Apr 19, 2013 at 8:47 AM
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    I follow now. I bought an extra case of transition pieces that I figure I will play with somewhere down the line to make that one look a little better. I seem to be having issues measuring stuff and cutting it right. What do you use to cut something like that?
     
  11. Apr 19, 2013 at 9:21 AM
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    I use a miter saw to do most of my cutting, a band saw for custom cuts, and a table saw for long straight cuts. You can do those cuts with any of the above, but the band saw is easiest for small custom cuts.

    If you're finding your cuts are short, add a little on your measurements. Just takes a little practice.
     
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    ^^^ What he said. You don't want a strip of carpet showing in hallway when door is closed. I use a jigsaw for small cuts in flooring, like around doors. Instead of measuring last piece in a run, take last piece and spin it around (finish side is up), butt the wall with the factory end you need and mark where the end you're cutting off touches the last piece you put down. If you get what I'm saying, it'll save you time and less room for mistakes. If your cut off isn't too small, use it for the beginning of the next run, or the next.
     
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    Just finished my whole house. Fortunately it's under construction so no doors installed yet or trim. But the biggest tip I would give you is do three rows and take a break for a minute. Walk away and come check your work. It's much simpler to fix that little gap or mistake before you go 10 rows past it.

    My floor is glued down so I also found it very useful to lay out three to 6 rows in advance. Then stack them in order of laying and go.

    Lastly a spare blade for your chop saw is handy. And wear a mask. The dust is not good for you!
     
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    Ha...

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    To all you haters out there...

    Wait, there haven't been any, you've all been really supportive. Onward and upward. Living room starts tomorrow!
     
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    That works!! Looks good
     
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    Looks good man! Now putty that crack, and you'll be hard pressed to even see it.
     
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    Nicely done! Ill be doing 1000 sq ft next weekend :frusty:
     
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    I'm not sure if I subconsciously drag ass, but the idea of doing 1000 square feet in a weekend scares the hell out of me. Granted the end will soon be here. I'm not sure if I will get it done before I go on vacation at the end of next week, but I'm going to try.
     
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    Well it sounds like you are doing it on nights and weekends, and even though your saving money your not getting paid. Ill be getting paid and ill have my buddy working with me, we will probably get it done in a a day and a half. Plus i have done 1,000s of square feet so it makes easier. Dont look at it as dragging as, look at it as taking your time so it gets done right. :thumbsup:
     
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