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Old 02-28-2012, 09:46 AM   #1
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How To Start A Floating Laminate Floor


I'm a roofer by trade but I'm installing a floating laminate floor in my house and have a quick question. It's my understanding that I should nail down the first row to make sure I have a solid and straight starting point for the rest of the floor. I should also nail down the last row also? I'm asking because the flooring I bought at Lowes doesn't mention anything in the directions about nailing. Thank you
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:54 AM   #2
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Get yea to the manufacturer's website and find the installation instructions before proceeding. It's not rocket surgery, but it does need to be done properly. Once you nail a floating floor it becomes a nailed floor instead. If you nail it on both ends it will likely buckle in the center.

If you haven't already, Lowe's does sell an inexpensive tool kit that will make life a bit easier for you.

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Lock the whole row together then with a few guys lock the entire row in at once. Make sure you leave the recommended gaps all the way around the rooms. Undercut your door ways. Never, ever put a nail into this floor, ever. Might be cheaper for you to fix a floor guys leaking roof.
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That makes sense...thank you
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Leave it "floating " you will have less issues if you do so. 1/4" against walls for spacing miniimum is usually required
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You can put a spacer between the floor and wall you're starting on to keep your necessary space while installing the rest of the floor.
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If you nail down a floating floor...It is no longer a floating floor....
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If you nail down a floating floor...It is no longer a floating floor....
Why not?
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Start against a wall with appropriate size spacers keeping the gap. Then run off that.

Dont nail... Anything..
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If you nail down a floating floor...It is no longer a floating floor....
well.. its still a floating floor, except now you'll have waves to float over!
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Lock the whole row together then with a few guys lock the entire row in at once. Make sure you leave the recommended gaps all the way around the rooms. Undercut your door ways. Never, ever put a nail into this floor, ever. Might be cheaper for you to fix a floor guys leaking roof.
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Measure the width of the room and figure out if what you need to start out with width wise so you don't have to small of a cut on the opposing wall. Lock a row together on the longest wall, slide it up to the wall and scribe to it minus the cut you figuered before because we all know dey ain't straight. ( Note, sometimes you can start with a full plank but not with the locking mechanism along the wall side, that needs to come off either way) After scribing cut on table saw, put back together. Then go onto the following rows.

Hopefully your using product with a a UNICLIC locking mechanism, other wise you might have to lock in entire rows at a time. On long rooms this can be a PITA.
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if you have intentions of putting baseboard moulding, you put the floor down without nails and the put the baseboard on top so it doesn't move. if baseboard is already there you can lay it as normal, no nails, and add a quarter round at the baseboard.
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if you have intentions of putting baseboard moulding, you put the floor down without nails and the put the baseboard on top so it doesn't move. if baseboard is already there you can lay it as normal, no nails, and add a quarter round at the baseboard.
So what does not move?
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So what does not move?
It moves
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It moves
Thats why I asked what Aureli was referring to.
It sounded to me like he/she was saying anchor the flooring down by installing the base tight to it.

Maybe I misread it.

Btw, I usually use pieces of the flooring scrap as spacers.

Not much experience at it, but I have done a little as in a few rooms for myself.
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I'll never forget a guy that had done some floors for a lady I did some painting for. When it was brought to his attention that the floor had a small area that would flex quite noticeably when stepped on, he proudly put a nail in it.

I don't know. If he only used one nail......maybe. Like I said, I just don't know. I do know, in general, nails and floating floors do not go together.

Maybe the guy should have read u p on floor leveler.
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Ok so I finished and it looks really nice. I didn't use any nails thank god. It's not rocket science but took my time to make sure it looked good...especially at the transitions. I'll try and ad pics. Thanks for the tips.
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Looks good ac highland.. how did you install your transitions?
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Nice job.

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