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Gaps between laminate flooring boards - end to end



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Old August 1, 2007, 11:15 AM   #1
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Gaps between laminate flooring boards - end to end


Last year in July, I laid floating laminate flooring that I purchased from Sam's Club - Made by Uniboard; called Lock&Seal. The flooring acclimated for 3 weeks before I began the installation. Now, a year later, there are gaps between the boards end to end. How would I fix this without taking the floor up and starting over?

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Old August 1, 2007, 11:32 AM   #2
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Welcome Biker Chick .. End Gaps are usually caused by high spots in the floor , or wheel chairs .. Some of the members with more experience with Lams will respond to you shortly ..

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Old August 1, 2007, 11:42 AM   #3
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Assuming you can close the gaps by kicking or knocking them from the row ends, just put some glue on the tongues, close the gaps, and you should be good to go.

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Old August 1, 2007, 12:07 PM   #4
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Any idea what could have caused this? One room that it happened in is 18 ft X 26 ft, while another room is only 15 ft X 18 ft.

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Old August 1, 2007, 12:25 PM   #5
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As Nick said it is usually caused by movement in the floor assembly. That is a result of the floor not being flat. A high or low spot lets the floor move and the foot traffic will 'walk' the boards apart.

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Old August 1, 2007, 12:28 PM   #6
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It can also be caused from taping the ends together, on a rotating design, compromising the locking lip.

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Old August 1, 2007, 05:15 PM   #7
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Floorguy meant to say "tapping" the ends, and I would agree that is probably what happened. I have seen it alot. Good luck with it. Oh and welcome to our little neck of the woods .

Floorguy has just got taping on his mind alot, mostly blue taping.

Danggitt, I double posted again, quick somebody erase one before T sees it.

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Old August 1, 2007, 06:50 PM   #8
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Too late.

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Old August 1, 2007, 10:51 PM   #9
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I had a floor do that once after about 6 months, we had it inspected by the company and they replaced it having me glue the joints the second time. Haven't heard anything so it must be fine this time.

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Old August 1, 2007, 11:44 PM   #10
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I have installed this brand myself on two occasions. It's the joinery imo... very flimsy and brittle and tends to break when you go to lock it together. I would think about filing a claim on it.

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Old August 2, 2007, 09:03 PM   #11
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there are two things that will cause end to end separation. one has been mentioned already. that is flatness, and the other is the floor is tied up at opposing ends.
the specs for flat floor are 3/16" in 10 feet, or 1/8" in 6ft using a straight edge.
I would suggest you check this first before you call the manufacturer.

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Old August 2, 2007, 09:08 PM   #12
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Good to see you here Steve. Don't be a stranger
Very good point about binding. Check that you base and/or shoe is not too tight to the floor. There should be a slight gap between the wall molding and the finished floor. A business card (they are about .012 inch) or something similar can be used to hold the base or shoe up while you fasten it. Don't mistake this for the expansion around the perimeter. Two different issues.

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Old August 4, 2007, 03:38 AM   #13
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Could be due to very dry air.

Sometimes you can close end joints by "kicking" the boards back together.
You will need: pair of raquet ball shoes (or other grippy rubber soled shoes) & thin super glue (Cyanoacrylate) needs to be very thin. sharp glass/paint scraper (or halogen hob cleaner).

Practice opening and closing joints by using a sort of stamping/kicking motion while wearing your grippy shoes. One foot on the board with the gap one foot on the adjacent board. Face the gap. Swing heel back and kick/stamp in the direction of the gap. Youll have to experiment with the mix between how hard you hit downwards and forwards.
If the joint opens and closes then you can pour a little glue in then close it. Scrape any excess glue from the surface.

If the joint wont close there could be debris in it- open it up and blow to remove, or it could be damaged.

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Old August 4, 2007, 03:52 AM   #14
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I'm sticking with the flimsy joinery condition. Sorriest laminate i have installed to date. If a homeowner follows the directions you have to lift up and flex the board already installed to get the next board in.... thats all well and good... except this product is so flimsy the tongue will crack on the butt joints if you are not being real careful. I have to weight them down with cartons of laminate and also do like Floorguy and tape everything together as I went along.

The manufacturer does not issue any caution about this condition. I have read about this same complaint several times on various DIY forums. Mine did not crack, but I had to be ultra careful with it.

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Old August 9, 2007, 08:25 AM   #15
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Did you use a moisture barrier above the subfloor?

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