I am planning on taking the skirting of, fitting the laminate and then
replacing the skirting. However, is it possible to 'trim' a few mm off
the bottom of the skirting whilst it is in situ ?? If so, what tool(s)
are best for this ?
Also, if I manage to create the gap, how do I go about ensuring that the
expansion gap is done correctly - no room for spacers !
All help welcome - I'm planning on starting the removal process on
saturday so quick replies very much appreciated !
Forget it, and do a proper job!
Your solution is not too bad on the starting side, but won't work on the
finishing side - because you won't be able to get at the edge of the
laminate to pull the joint together. Some laminate has to be lifted on the
far side while you snap it together. You can't do that with the skirting in
I agree absolutely.
I argued with Spouse that it wasn't worth lifting the skirting but he
insisted and I'm glad he did. The result, for the sake of a few hours more
on the whole job is far more satisfactory than any other option I've seen.
In our case, with a 1930s house, he also found ancient and iffy wiring which
had to be removed or re-routed. That might not apply to your situation but
you never know what you might find behind that skirting.
My advice is to remove all the furniture you can from the room before you
start and have a vacuum cleaner and brush and shovel and damp cloth
available to clean up as you go along. It's amazing what collects behind
Its a pretty new flat - about 3 years old. I think the skirting is screwed in
place and the holes filed with plugs taken from the same wood - I'll be more
sure tomorrow - but it shouldn't be too messy or hard to do. Also, the flat is
empty for another month so I dont have the problem of furniture.
Looks like removing it is the only sensible way forward...
If you're going into doorways, you'll need to undercut the door frames and
architraves, and slide the laminate underneath. This is quite easy to do,
using a sharp flexible hand-saw. Sliding the laminate under a relatively
short length of frame is also entirely feasible (as opposed to a long length
of skirting) - but you have to carefully plan the order of doing things - in
some cases fixing 2 or more pieces of laminate together before laying them.
This has been posted before, have a look at
But I agree with Roger, I can't see how you would end up with a good
finish... as it needs a knock on the end...
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