We are putting Ikea Tundra gluless laminate flooring in a 2 bedroom
condo that's around 700 sq-ft (excluding bathrooms). Its been quite a
learning experience since we've never done this before.
The problem that I'm having is with placement of the laminate next to
the living room wall and getting 5/16" spacing. Our dining room and
living room are one piece (see crude drawing below). We started
laying the laminate from the wall that has the master bedroom door.
What happenned is that we had a heck of a time dealing with the first
living room wall in the sense of making it one piece with the dining
room (cutting board for corner and making it align with boards that
are next to living room wall). What has happened is that the laminate
that we have by the first living room wall has much more spacing and
the baseboard that we are going to use barely covers the space (or
shows a gap). It seems to me that the living room wall is not
straight, and as we've placed more laminate to build up the living
room, what used to be a 5/16" gap by the living room wall where we
started is bigger.
- Are there any good ways to doing this?
- I was thinking of putting the baseboard on an angle to cover the
crack (but then I have to put something behind it...which is kludgy)?
|-- mb door -------|
| main entrance
-------| Dining |
| hall |
| way |
Perhaps quarter round moulding would work for you. It would go against
the existing baseboard and hide the gap you are seeing now. The thing
you would have to consider is if you could live with one are having
moulding and another not.
You need to trim your first row to match your wall, so that it then
serves as a straight basis for the subsequent rows. You should have all
your baseboard removed so your scribing to the wall, not the baseboard.
Figure out which end of your room is skinniest, and which is widest.
Hopefully, you have less than a full plank's deviation.
Install your first row loose, making sure the edge AWAY from the wall is
against a reliable straight edge. An 8' level is Good Enough most of
the time. Leave the other edge about an inch from the widest part of
Take a compass and set the width to match the distance from the widest
part of the wall to the edge of your plank row. Then scribe a line of
your planks. Cut the line with a sabre saw, using the blade recommended
by the manufacturer.
Now your first row matches your wall and provides a good straight line
for the rest of your floor.
The manufacturer's instructions should describe this process in more
detail. They may also have an installation video, which makes it easier
to see the process.
The tricky part is that we have two intermediate walls (if you're
starting from the wall that's in the dining room and has the mb
bedroom door) - the first living room wall and the dining room wall.
Again - the 2 intermediate rooms mess this up because they could also
be not straight.
One thing about Ikea's instructions is that they're really not that
good. Your scribing method is described in the orange Home Depot type
Thank you for your help.
All laminate floorings have specs regarding the minimum width of a
piece and the minimum length of a piece. You are supposed to measure
the widest whole area and possible reduce the width of the very first
row you put down to try to stay within the specs for the last row you
put down. However when going across rooms, intermediate walls may not
work out correctly. Same thing with kitchen islands. I guess that is
where a pro's experience comes into play on making a job look good
and also handling walls out of square. However I had to get rid of a
pro who was obviously doing a lousy job (though came with fantastic
references). His replacement did a much better job and was $1000
cheaper. Bottomline is that there is a limit to what can be done and
it really has to be done on the first row. Hopefully if you are not
happy with the job, the material you have can be unlocked and fixed
and relocked. Mannington can...... some cannot and some can only be
unlocked twice before being discarded.
More non pros
the general instructions for AnY lAMINATE IS PUT tHREE ROWS TOGETHER
INiN THE lONGEST RUNN AND WORK TO THE OUTSIDE FROM BOTH DIRECTIONS gOT
i ATAIN THE HIGHEST QUALITY! WITH OUT GETTING hIGH
On Wed, 03 Dec 2003
21:12:09 +0000, Art Begun wrote:
Sorry but I've seen several pro's do it and they work from one side
after measuring and cutting down the material for the first row so the
last row will fit correctly. Manufacturers supply spacers to hold the
material against the wall in position as you work across the room.
On Thu, 04 Dec 2003 04:49:31 +0000, Art Begun wrote:
When youve seen something is not the sanme as doing! and ive done over
1,000,000 nauticle miles off it
i say again your an amature with lame advice
when you put three rows together in the longest run you can move it to the
desired location Got That ! hope your mouth is still hangin g open so you
can catch flies!> Sorry but I've seen several pro's do it and they work
from one side
Then you've done of 1,000,00 nauticle mile of it wrong! This is coming from
someone certified by 2 different manufacturers. The only 2 in the world
that certify for laminates.
You always start from a corner, and work left to right starting out. You
MUST find the dead zone, something you don't have a clue about. And the
dead zone changes for every obsticle encountered. Your advice is wrong, so
please refrain from giving out clueless information.
You information is laughable at best.
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