Kronotek laminate flooring question...

We have Pergo in one room (done by a professional installer) about a year ago and it came out great so we thought we would try our hand at laying laminate.
We selected a 55 sq foot office for trial since if we messed it up it would not really matter. There are two doors in the office, one to enter from the hall and then one on the right hand side once you enter.
We laid it starting at the left wall and it went pretty fast up to within one board of the right wall. On that wall is a door that enters a bedroom. We eventually want to run the laminate through the door so we did not want to cut a piece and then cover it with a threshold.
So, we cut the last piece such that it had a protrusion that fit into the door entry way. Well there was no way for us to connect it to the previous piece because it must be lifted and pressed downward and the door way prevented that.
What are we doing wrong? Should we have started at the doorway and worked our way to the left wall?
Also, we bought the 7 mm stuff and we have already chipped top layer in about 7 different spots. Do not recall having the problem with the pergo. Any thoughts?
Thanks in advance,
James
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I'm not sure I picture the exact situation but can you line it up to slide in straight (rather than picking it up and snapping it in )and then tap it home with a wooden block and hammer? I know that works on Pergo, it takes some banging but it goes together that way too..I never used any other brand so check and see if this works on your kind. You can also use a metal bar shaped like a long flat Z to hook the edge and tap it together, this works to install that last piece against a wall where you can't lift it up and push it in. See the installation instructions for the material your using....in fact I took a look.. http://www.kronotexusa.com/installation.asp See special instructions, Step C :-)
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I just bought some of that stuff at 88 cents a sq foot. I haven't installed it yet, how did you chip it in 7 spots already? that worries me a bit.
LS
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This was our first install of laminates so we were not experts.
The primary reason we chipped so many was because we took it all up once. We did this because we could not get the last piece in because of a doorframe (could not lift it up to a 20% angle) to lock it to the previous piece. So we took it up and started at the doorframe and then it laid fine. But in the process we nicked it quite a bit.
When we laid it the first time I think there was only one scratch. The average person looking at it would have a hard time seeing the flaws now the floor is completely laid.
My advice is to just be a little careful. I didn't find it to be as 'hard' on the top as some of other laminates ( my pergo didn't seem to chip as easily). The next test is to see how durable it is.
Good luck,
James
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