I'm just about to install a floating floor in a new house. One of the
problems I have is the need to leave an expansion gap between the boards and
the skirts which is normally concelled by a beading strip.
The carper layer advised me that there is a tool that can cut the bottom
off skirting boards allowing the floating floor to be set underneath with
the expansion gap hidden.
Does anyone know what these are called, and a product/brand name?
See the link I've posted in another message.
Personally, I prefer removing the trim, installing the floor with a
gap, and replacing the trim. I usually undercut door jambs with a
hand saw and scrap of flooring.
Modern homes have such small baseboards to start with, they don't need
to get any shorter. <G> Nails can be reused if care is used pulling
the baseboards. Fill the holes with an appropriately colored filler
On my personal home, I usually install new, nicer, hardwood baseboard,
shoe, and cap moldings when installing a hardwood floor.
Sounds like he is referring to a power jam saw, available at most rental
shops. kind of an abortion router/saw affair. Seems like a pretty drastic
measure. I guess I am missing something though. Normal practice is to remove
the baseboard trim before installing the floor and then undercut the jams
with a handsaw and a scrap of the flooring material for a guide as Barry
suggested. I would have to think installing the flooring and trying to slide
it into a recess cut into the trim would rapidly become a nightmare. Is
there something preventing you from removing the baseboard?
removing the skirts and handcutting the jambs etc with a handsaw makes
sense, however the whole lot is freshly painted and I'm not keen on
repainting the 100m of boards/walls again (I hate painting).
Notwithstanding the skirts are fairly low, the jamb saw looks good.
If you do go with the jamb saw, you'll still need to clean up the corners.
Also, you'd better check the floor and the base moulding for level. If you
have a dip in the floor, you'll see it in the cut on the base moulding. Good
Had a chat to the floor layers (installers?).
Their advise was don't do it unless you are sure the floor is dead level. I
know mine isn't as I could see water puddle when it rained not long after
the slab was poured. a 1-2mm gap between the skirts and floor boards can
look just as bad as beading.
Maybe in the next house, which wil be 20 years out.
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