I always maintain that "Experience is the Greatest Teacher" and here's
present tale of woe to confirm that hypothesis:
I'm refurbishing the 15-year-old's room and in the process adding the
dreaded laminate flooring.
First mistake: the missus buys the laminate "nice and cheap". For
read "easily cracked or punctured" - very thin laminate, so you learn
perhaps buying cheaper isn't always wise.
Second mistake (this time of my doing): the laminate came with a 12mm
border so I (stoopidly) bought 12mm thick skirting boards since they
"economical" (i.e. cheaper than the thicker stuff). Result: some
gaps round the perimeter of the flooring.
Third mistake: since the old skirting was nailed on I decided to repeat
attachment method. I punched the oval nails under the surface of the
then wondered how to cover the heads (the plan was to varnish the
My old man was a joiner (carpenter) to trade, so he suggested getting
sawdust off the cut boards and mixing this with PVA glue to make a
This doesn't do the job, and with a standard one-inch spatula as the
applicator the result is still a circular "stain" of varying diameter
even after a nights drying and vigorous sanding the next day.
Of course, you all know what I should have done, so beyond buying
laminate, thicker skirting and either not using nails or polyfilla the
then gloss the boards do tell please.
Just give it a handful of months until I forget and then I can
repeat the gaffe...
P.S. Its for a 15 year old so the chance of even seeing the floor for
piles of clothes and damp towels will be unlikely... grrr.