Right, now I'm confused. I've bought Screwfix's Kaindl glueless laminate
floor system and the front of the instructions shows a symbol representing a
tube of glue with crossing out through it. Although I'm no expert, based on
the above I'd be betting that there was no glue required for the installation.
But.. step 12 on the detailed instructions shows what looks like glue being
spread along the tongue of the mating section prior to jointing to the
adjacent plank. Huh?
Does the "glueless" in glueless laminate floor refer to the fact that the
floor isn't glued to the floorboards / slab below, but not necessarily that it
isn't glued together? Seems a bit daft if that's the case, but I can't think
of another explanation for the instructions involving glueing of the planks.
Look at the tongues and grooves. Are they profiled so they lock
together? If yes, then no glue is required.
But - if you're installing it in a kitchen or bathroom, then
you'd glue it. The instructions are merely telling you when
you'd apply the glue if you were going to glue.
As a result of their decision, I can easily imagine this conversation
is being had by a smallish group across the whole of Europe as they
ALL now struggle with it's consequence! ;O)
Actually, their web site http://www.kaindl.com/en/ can be helpful in a
slightly abrupt manner at times. They seem to know wood pretty well,
but communication seems to have them slightly banjaxed.
What did you make of the "pull iron" tool they seem to want you to use
in the details? looks like a bit of bent flat bar to me - never seen
one for sale anywhere so far though! Still wondering what the best
equivalent might be for that. I'll maybe try and make something.
I know those -- bent flat bar, hook behind the last bit of flooring,
step to hammer against and pull the flooring together.
The better ones have a little block of metal welded to them to hammer
against. Just a Z-shaped piece of bar will be pounded out of shape
Very useful if the last bit is under a radiator or otherwise
inaccessible, otherwise, any lever wedged between wall and flooring
will also work.
I should wear me' glasses when trying to read these posts. :-)) I've just
read the subject as " Clueless Laminate Floor and Glue ". Now where's me'
specs' till I find out what this is all about. :-))
Heh, but a fair description of the original poster. On that basis I'll feel
free to ask a dumb sounding question:
What's the best way to cut laminate flooring. I have a hacksaw but it's so
small it wouldn't cut right through a plank even if I attack from both sides.
My tenon saw might do the trick for cutting planks in half, but I think I
might struggle cutting around obstructions. Therefore I think I need to
invest in a thin bladed saw, but whether a powered jigsaw is the thing, or
simply a larger framed hacksaw or even a coping saw, I'm undecided. Anyone?
I ended up investing in a Freud 7 1/4" circular, and a mitre board for
this job and future ones, I have quite a number of cuts to make, and
this can aid the consistency in making them.
With the addition of a Freud 40T pro blade, it cuts very clean, and
that's even sawing with right side facing up! Overall a nice tool for
the job, but I suspect it may not be an "essential" as such.
A jigsaw with a home made saw board could get you there if the JS and
the selected blade are any good to start with - I'm told that straight
and square is something you should not need too badly in theory
(beading covers the edges), however in practice both could well give
you a nicer day while doing it I'd imagine. You'd probably have an
interesting time trying to clamp it to cut it with that arrangement in
certain situations though.
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