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
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
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.
Thanks in advance,
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..
See special instructions, Step C :-)
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.
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