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Old 10-04-2014, 11:35 AM   #21
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That's a rule for Diy use IMO. It's there, the manufacturers put it there to cover their asses and I understand why. That being said, a molding in every doorway looks like complete crap. It's a good way to make a nice house look like a trailer.

Common sense and experience in how the stuff moves will allow you to install it a tad different. You can always install a molding later if necessary too.
How do you avoid excessive expansion or contraction without the use of break joints?
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It moves as one. Once all your locks are locked in and everything is together it's essentially one large floating floor. It will move as a single unit like a giant sheet of plywood.

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I was reading this thread and got me thinking of my install . I am doing it room by room due to crap everywhere and cant be moved. I get 1 room at a time to work on. whats best thresholds between the rooms. Since I started groove out against the wall of room one.
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I don't think the t mold is "that" offensive, if done under the door, same width, laminate mouldings are flatter than hardwood transitions, sure it may look better without.
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Relative Humidity fluctuates from one extreme to the other around here causing gapping and buckling. I've seen at least a few dozen floors gap/pull apart in door openings when a proper break joint wasn't installed.

I do agree it doesn't look perfect, however I prefer to follow the manufacturers guidelines to avoid PITA Call backs. If that's a DIY'er method so be it.

Maybe I'm unaware of a method that eliminates this?
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Quality of products, Pergo went 45 foot before a movement joint was needed. Others are 30. Flatness of floor helps to prevent gapping. Humidity stability inside home is important as well as equal temp in all rooms, not one with a space heater. It does all act as one, hardwood is all individual and there's some wiggle room. Ceramic doesn't have wiggle room and it also tents. It's a judgement call with various factors determined on site and acceptance of a minor inconvenience of installing a t mold or two down the road maybe even factored into the bid if customer doesn't want NALFA/manufacturer recommendations.
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Quality of products, Pergo went 45 foot before a movement joint was needed. Others are 30. Flatness of floor helps to prevent gapping. Humidity stability inside home is important as well as equal temp in all rooms, not one with a space heater. It does all act as one, hardwood is all individual and there's some wiggle room. Ceramic doesn't have wiggle room and it also tents. It's a judgement call with various factors determined on site and acceptance of a minor inconvenience of installing a t mold or two down the road maybe even factored into the bid if customer doesn't want NALFA/manufacturer recommendations.
In addition to this, pulling base and using quarter round as well will give you much more room for expansion. I've also gone through and cut drywall up off the floor. This gives you nearly two inches of expansion room. I've installed laminates in HUGE (think art galleries, mall clothing stores, etc.) open areas this way with no problems. If all you do is run shoe mold and read the piece of paper in the box, then yeah, by all means - follow their instructions. With a higher end, individual plank type floors t-moldings just kill the look.
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How do you avoid excessive expansion or contraction without the use of break joints?
By allowing for it, prepping my floors, and educating the customer on their responsibility to maintain a proper environment for the floor they've chosen to use

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