Is it difficult for a person to install snap together laminate wood flooring,should we hire a professional?
we are putting down the board like laminate wood flooring that snaps together & have been told it is easy to do . Does anyone know how to do it? We could use your help.
Suggestion by margherita
It is easy. You need a mitre saw though. Follow the directions.
Use spacers around the perimeter. The wood expands. If there isn’t room to breath it will buckle. Stagger the boards. Start with six inch then 12″ then 24″….when you begin a new row reverse the lengths.
Suggestion by redjonjak
Its not as easy as it first appears. Start the first board with the tonque facing outwards. Lift the next board approx 45% and engage the joint. A little persuasion will be required to make the joint. Good Luck !
Suggestion by Beau
Hello, Just follow instructions that are on every pack, Tools needed , Fine tooth saw, square, ammer, stanley knife for scribing the line to be cut,rule and pencil, and common sense. Some you just snap together by hand, others have a driving tool to knock the laminate joints into one another. Just take your time, make sure before jointing up as to take apart again will damage laminate. Go for it.
Suggestion by ++Night+Nurse++
It is not easy at all. Just before xmas I decided to laminate my floor I got the whole kit spacers saw everything.
I opened a pack laid one panel then called my ex who put half the floor down. I thought after watching that half be laid it looked a piece of pi** to lay a laminate floor and said Id do the rest……hahahaha how wrrrrrrrrong was I. This feburary I ripped the lot up and lobbed it off my balcony so I could go put it in the bin and got a massive rung from Ikea instead – no stress nice n easy. Cutting that laminae cr*p up is sheer hell. And once it is down they somehow drift and slight gaps appear dont do it man… you’ll regret it. Get a man who can just for your sanity if nothing else….trust me.
How do I install a quarter round around my column?
I have two cement columns in my condo. They’re probably 2 feet in diameter. One column has a quarter round while the other doesn’t because the flooring is carpet. I removed the carpet and it is now laminate but I can’t find a quarter round to go around my column.
I tried vinyl but it snaps everytime I tried to secure it to the column?
Any suggestions? A different type of material? Some type of pre-treatment like steaming a wood quater round? Etc?
Suggestion by Rob G
You should go to a local lumber yard and ask for “flex trim” quarter round. It is a rubber product that is very flexible for such installations. It is manufactured in all the common trim profiles and somewhat expensive compared to the wood and plastic types.
You could steam “clear” wood quarter round but the cost of building or renting (if you even can) a steam box would be cost prohibitive.
Since the columns are concrete you will need to use an adhesive for installation (especially if the floor is concrete also). If the floor is wood you could nail diagonally down, just missing the edge of the column, but back to the adhesive, I would recommend using a constuction adhesive like PL400 or liquid nails. Be sure to clamp the molding every couple inches by placing something heavy on or up against it while the glue dries (about a day).
A trick for getting the proper length is to not pre-cut the trim but to wait until you’ve gone completely around the colunm and then overlap the trim and cut then with either a coping saw or a utility knife. This will eliminate a lot of the error that can happen when trimming around such shapes
Suggestion by Do it right
Exactly what RobG said…….
You can clamp it around the column with a ratchet strap.
If you can’t find the flexible quarter round, you can even use a vinyl weatherstrip (paint it of course).