My son has just moved into his first (1930s) house and
wants to lay laminate flooring in some rooms. He doesn't
want to use a bead around the edge, prefering to lay the
laminate under the skirting. Rather than try and remove
the skirting (and probably wreck most of it in the process)
he's wondering if there's some sort of power saw that
can be used to just cut 10-15mm of the bottom - a bit
like a circular saw, but without anything protruding far
from the right hand edge. Obviously the depth would have
to be carefully set to avoid any power cables behind the
skirting, (which is why I think a jigsaw won't be suitable)
and he may have to use a knife/chisel to get right into the
Any ideas on this please?
You can get saws for trimming the bottoms of doors in situ which would
probably do - or even a biscuit jointer.
*However* it's all a waste of time 'cos it won't work without removing the
You need wedges between the wall and flooring on the starting side - which
can't subsequently be removed with the skirting in place. Likewise, you need
to get *beyond* the last board to lever them all together - which again you
can't do with the skirting in place.
Remove - and probably renew - the skirting board (it's not *that*
expensive!) and make a proper job of it.
Bite the bullet - remove the skirting and chuck it ... then fit new
skirting, if you choose something deeper it will make for easier
fitting - spanning the wall skim joint if there is one.
You might find it worthwhile to refit with good thick beads of mastik
adhesive .. I used Pink Grip on my skirtings - seems to have much
better first 'grab' than Gripfill, and is much stronger than the diy
stuff ... no-more nails etc.
But make sure you get rid of all loose dust - and wipe back of boards
with meths first to remove any resin.
Pack underneath to hol it up ... and then screw, nail or pin to hold
until glue sets.
I bought a cutter that fitted to a angle grinder to undercut the skirting's,
waste of money and effort, remove the skirting's and replace, I used white
UPVC, that was five years ago, her indoors still says what a nice job I did
Laminate flooring looks nice, but as far as I am concerned, it makes a room
echo like mad and is not really a pleasant experience for the neighbours
My neighbour has laminate flooring and we can ear everytime someone walks
into her lounge
Carpets are much better
We've just laid laminate flooring in our lounge and I'm never doing it
again. We used that Aqualok clicky together stuff and it took me 15 hours.
I'm not particularly cack handed so either I missed something really obvious
or you have to assemble a whole run (i.e. room width) of the stuff then
click it into the previous run.
Anyway we didn't used a bead or cur the skirting. We used a 1 cm wide cork
strip round the edge and left it exposed. Of course you do have to make sure
the edges line up perfectly especially in the middle round the hearth.
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