Wood Laminate

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Wood Laminate
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Fri, 05-17-2013 - 1:21pm

Can we do wood laminate on our own??  I have done quite a bit of home improvement over the years, I've tiled, I've tore down wallpaper and repainted, etc.  But wood flooring or laminate is not something i've tackled before.  One co-worker of mine was saying she just finished up her's this week, she started and her husband helped her finish, and while I know she is handy, I don't know how much other stuff she has done.  My other co-worker friend said she had a cousin who did it for a living and tried to teach her and she thought it was really hard.  Next weekend is a long weekend and my ODD owes me some more babysitting time, I was thinking its the perfect weekend to tackle it.  My brother offered to help me do it the following weekend while he is in town, but he's already helping me tile and do my mantle on the fireplace that weekend and we have relatives in town all weekend (staying at a hotel though).  I don't want his entire weekend here for ODD's graduation spent repairing and doing stuff around my house...

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Registered: 07-26-1999
In reply to: arryl
Wed, 05-29-2013 - 4:27pm
LOL! My grandfather was a carpenter also, so I totally understand that! We got to the threshold into the kitchen and I knew the tile wasn't straight. The previous owners had the neighbor do the tile, and I understand why he did it the way he did it. He laid the tile so that he didn't have to cut them and they lined up from the wall across the opening into the kitchen to the cabinets, if that makes sense. So we had to cut the wood laminate at an ankle based on the tile. It ultimately looks fine, but again, would it have made sense to have the wall and the start of the cabinets line up, of course it would have, but obviously something wasn't plum when they did the installation. My brother gets in tomorrow and we will go get the tile and mantle stuff and finish up the molding, I am extremely excited about it, still deciding getting a new set of blinds for the windows and we are definitely going to need a rug in there, there is a distinct echo in the room now with the vaulted ceilings, that with 2 kids under 6, gets very annoying very quickly!
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Registered: 01-03-2001
Wed, 05-29-2013 - 11:07am

Wow --- it looks great!

Isn't that a downer when you find out a room isn't plum? DH's Dad was a carpenter/copntractor and a stickler for something like that but back in the "olden" days, they didn't have the tools to plum walls exactly and besides, after time, foundations shift, walls shift, etc.

But in newer builds, while they have the technology to get at least CLOSE to a right angle, they are always in such a darned hurry to get that house done and on to the next one so you get one of these "never be noticed on a galloping horse" attitudes and then, when "you" try to place something in the room that shows that it is off-square... We had an addition built tot he house we lived in in Calidornia, back in the 70s, and it was wonderfully constructed (don't get me wrong) but when it was time to place the pool table, around which this room was designed, you could clearly see that the room wasn't on square --- the installers positioned the table so it was parallel with the skylight above it and then, when we stood in the loft above and looked down, we could see that it wasn't parallel with the outside wall! And once a one-ton piece of slate is set in the table, you CAN NOT MOVE it without professionals ($$$) called in to do the job... It was a constant irritant to me for nearly 15 years! Then we moved! LOL



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Registered: 07-26-1999
In reply to: arryl
Tue, 05-28-2013 - 11:21am

Well, we spent the weekend installing our wood laminate flooring.  We aren't quite done, it turned into a bigger project than anticipated (thanks to hubby).    He decided he wanted to paint the living room first, then decided we'd pull up all the moulding also and reinstall that once the flooring was done.  We aren't completely done, we have two tiny little corner pieces left to cut and install and then do all the moulding, and my brother is getting into town on Thursday and him and I are tiling and putting a new mantle on the fireplace.  So next week I'll have a finished room picture, but until then, here are the in between pictures:

Igonore the child in the picture, I forgot to take a before we rip out the carpeting pic:

Then we have the room all cleared out and padding to rip up:

Then we decided to remove the threshold coming in the living room door (need to find a rug for that area thoug) and the girls asked where "the time out spot" went.  Apparently they think there will be no more time outs, LOL!:

here we are part of the way done, the second time around.  We had some issues in the beginning and hadn't done a chalk line and since the room wasn't plum, it was screwing up everything being tight.

And here we are on day 3, all done except the moulding and cleaning up the space, but so so much better than the carpeting!!

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Registered: 07-26-1999
In reply to: arryl
Mon, 05-20-2013 - 12:27pm
Thanks for the links! I was slightly surprised when DH was so agreeable to doing an installation this coming weekend possibly. I am going to talk to him one last time tonight, and if so, we may pull the carpeting up tonight for garbage day tomorrow. We need to do something before we put the house on the market and frankly, while researching and a few houses in the neighborhood have real wood floors, the majority of them have laminate or plain concrete and we aren't in the situation to spend a great deal of money to upgrade knowing we won't be there much longer and we won't get our return on investment in selling it. If we end up doing it I'll take some before, during and after pictures to let you know how it ends up. And good to know about the planks. I guess I was thinking we'd do them length ways leading into the kitchen, but it sounds like that is not a good idea.
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In reply to: arryl
Fri, 05-17-2013 - 10:22pm

I have never done flooring but DH and his brother did a few years ago in a den and kitchen in one day and it came out well. It can be tricky though... Heck, even pros have issues... we had laminate installed in a galley  kitchen a few years ago and the rental manager decided he wanted it done lengthwise (the "boards" installed parallel to the kitchen counters)... They had to come back three times to get it right as when done in long lengths, it can buckle apparently...

I found one really good how-to site: http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/install-laminate-flooring.htm

and a pretty good video: http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=Ol4eITOf-EM&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DOl4eITOf-EM

that might help you decide...



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