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Old September 30, 2007, 01:09 PM   #1
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I am laying laminate in my daughter's room and it enters her closet vertically. I cut the laminate so that it would install under the first door frame I hit, but now I'm at the second door frame. Seems like the only way to do it is to cut the door frame shape a little large and then click the laminate into place. But that leaves a gap around the door frame. How can I hide the gap? SHould I use wood filler? SHould I have laid the closet separately and used a threshold? Please help!

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Old September 30, 2007, 02:13 PM   #2
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The undercut doorway should be deep enough so you can slide the board in flat and then using a tapping block that won't damage the edge, tap the board into place, still leaving the board covered by the door jamb. If the board is not the kind you can tap in without damaging the locking mechanism, apply some adhesive to the groove side before you put it in. You can find laminate flooring adhesive at the place you bought the flooring. In a pinch, you can use some Elmers white glue (the little squeeze bottles). Be sure to let it dry thoroughly before allowing traffic in that area.

No gaps around the door frame allowed. That's just ugly and the only way to fix it is to take out the offending boards and do it right.

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Old September 30, 2007, 02:16 PM   #3
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The problem stems from the way the laminate has to locked into place, the alternative way to overcome this issue is to shave the lock off the board (a sharp chisel works wonders) that way you can slide the board under the door casing, and pull it back into position while it is flat on the floor, just add some wood glue to the joint. This will not compromise the strength of the floor in that area.


Or ditto Jim's answer..


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If you left the baseboards on, as you undercut the door trim, undercut the baseboard too where it touches the doortirm, back about an inch or two. Start your row right at the doorjamb with a pank end and tap it down under. Cut the lip off the next end and tap it under the other side of the jamb, and before it engages, a little glue. Now the only thing glued is the endjoint right at the doorjamb. Then work the row to the walls.

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Old October 1, 2007, 12:36 PM   #5
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Floor Guy great anwser for Diy, and pros.

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I try to end a plank in the doorway so I can lock it in and tap it into place under the door jamb that has been undercut. You have to plan on this so you have the proper end joint offset from your previous rows of wood.

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That is the big difference in DIY and PRO. The PRO is thinking 10 steps ahead, because he has been there, and the DIY is only thinking one step ahead and always working to the unknown.

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That is the big difference in DIY and PRO. The PRO is thinking 10 steps ahead, because he has been there, and the DIY is only thinking one step ahead and always working to the unknown.
Bingo. Well put Floor. Never thought of it but yer 100% correct.

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