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Old 09-28-2018, 10:46 AM   #1
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I have a small repair I need to do and the original installer put little dabs of glue in the joints. Is there any trick to getting the boards apart without destroying them? My main concern is for where I'll need to meet the existing floor after the patch is done

I have no idea what type of glue that used, almost looks like regular wood glue

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Looks like shlt, the whole floor should be ripped out. Who in their right mind would think that was a good idea?

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If it's wood glue, heat will soften it up enough to get it to separate. Hair dryer on high, or heat gun on low would do the trick.
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Looks like shlt, the whole floor should be ripped out. Who in their right mind would think that was a good idea?
That's the bottom of the boards.

First time I've seen glue used in the t&g, but according to Google it's somewhat common

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More flooring will be coming up, after I removed what I needed to for my repair I found this. Looks like the added vapor barrier under the floating floor was not a good idea.

After I found that, I told them to call a remediation company since I am not equipped to handle mold.

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That's the bottom of the boards.

First time I've seen glue used in the t&g, but according to Google it's somewhat common

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back in the early 90s late 80s that was the way it was done all floating over 1/8" taped foam underlayment. Every f'n edge had to be glued, took forever
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back in the early 90s late 80s that was the way it was done all floating over 1/8" taped foam underlayment. Every f'n edge had to be glued, took forever
Yeah, that doesn't sound fun, especially with the close to 2000 sf of this stuff installed in this house.



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That's the bottom of the boards.

First time I've seen glue used in the t&g, but according to Google it's somewhat common

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That makes more sense. Perfectly acceptable to use glue.

There’s laminate flooring glue at $10 bottle or titebond II at $3/bottle which my flooring supplier told me is the same thing.

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I repaired a floating bamboo floor that was separating at the but joints. I used a suction cup and a rubber mallet. Got the suction cup handle from Amazon prime for 14 bucks. Tapped them apart, tite bond, tap'em together. worked great.

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Just to give an update, I'm not going to have to deal with that at all. Remediation company came in and they ended up having to remove all the flooring, close to 2000 sq ft. Of both the floating and original glue down

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