4 Laminate flooring questions. Help, please!

1. So I just bought on older house (about 30 years; built 1970) that had carpet on TOP of old crappy tile that's I'd say is no more than 1/8" thick and I doubt that. Anyway, it's a bit of a pain to get up and I've removed a couple rows of it (not that actually weren't next to each other) so I'm considering stopping because it's gonna be covered anyway.
My ultimate goal is laminate flooring (going for the wood look). I know laminate flooring is supposed to be laid on ground level within 3/16" every 10'. I'm thinking the underpadding is gonna even things out enough that if that I don't remove all the tile, the difference between the places where there is tile and isn't, isn't going to cause problems. Am I incorrect? Or should I absolutely remove the rest of the tile.
2. I guess you're supposed to cut like an 1/4" or so off the bottom of door frames and wall base. Why do you need to do it on wall bases? It seems to me that quarter-round is gonna cover it anyway.
3. I need to cut a few of the laminate planks on a curve to accomodate for my curved fireplace. What's the best way to go about/plans this AND ...
4. ... what do you do where the laminate and fireplace pretty much meet (within a 1/4" anyway). Do I use quarter-round that I nail into the cement or brick? Do I use filler? I DON'T plan on undercutting the fireplace simply because I don't have the means.
Thanks, Matt
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Can't tell from here.

You don't need to cut base if youre using quarter round, ecept a little near the door casings.

If you don't know how to scribe, you can make a pattern with paper, lay some strips together exactly how they would fall and trace. Learning to scribe might be easier.

Depends on what your fireplace is made of. It can be undercut with a stone chisel and hammer or you can rent an undercut saw with the proper blade.
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Thanks, guys, for your replies,
Got my laminate today. Will start in the next couple days!
Matt
On 11 Jul 2004 00:41:33 -0500, tweaked <vvv> wrote:

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Can you put the tiles back? While it is not much of a gap, you could get some springing there.

You need to do it on the door frames. Thee is a saw that has an offset handle that works wellf or doing just that. Home Depot, look for a dovetail saw for about $10
I took off the baseboards and j ust left a gap at the wall. Replaced the baseboards in the same place, just a bit higher as it is over the floor. I used an engineered wood floor from Mannington. .

Jig saw.

You can use a clear filler or a wood tone that comes close to the flooring color. Ed
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