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floor [Dec. 22nd, 2008|12:50 am]
Roy Janik
Yesterday and today I learned two things.

1. I can pretty easily succesfully install laminate flooring. The green room in the moonbase is now covered in a cheap, but attractive faux-wood floor. Oh, sure, I made mistakes, and maybe the gaps are too big on some edges and too small on other, but by and large I think it's okay. I guess maybe in a month it might buckle or something, but right now I'm going to assume it won't.

2. Installing molding (quarter round to cover the gaps in the floating floot) is way beyond me. Maybe it's just the cheap-ass molding I bought, but I can't even drive a nail through it without splitting it. I even pre-drilled, and that didn't help. The enterprise seemed iffy to begin with. Apparently you're supposed to do something complicated with inside corners, but I was hoping to get away with simple 45 degree angles.

So now I sleep, I guess. the sleep of the failure.

[User Picture]From: valetoile
2008-12-22 02:40 pm (UTC)
If you can borrow or rent a nail gun, it might make things easier.
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[User Picture]From: kbadr
2008-12-22 02:41 pm (UTC)
The internet tells me that pre-drilling was the right idea. You need to drill bigger holes if they are still splitting, though. As long as you drill a hole smaller than the head of your nail, you'll be fine.
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From: shannonlucas
2008-12-22 11:22 pm (UTC)
I have yet to see a building contractor drill holes in molding.

Have you been chatting up Wikipedia again? You know how she shouts at T-Rex.
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From: shannonlucas
2008-12-22 11:21 pm (UTC)

Nail Gun.

Listen to Valerie. Nail gun.

Go to Home Depot and tell them what you're trying to do. Regular hammer and nails are not good for putting in molding. You might as well use hot glue.

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[User Picture]From: emaymcnicks
2008-12-23 03:01 pm (UTC)
are you using wood 1/4 round or composite? we used pre-painted pine and it worked great (after some trial and error on how to cut the joins in the corners).

lets talk floating floors!
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From: jonbolden
2008-12-23 06:27 pm (UTC)
The internet told me that Kareem was full of crap.


Good luck with the floors. Wish I could've come to the party. I'm stuck here in horribly coldness.
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2008-12-23 09:58 pm (UTC)
I think I'm using some crazy composite that may be more plastic than wood. It was the only stuff Home Depot had that was wide enough to cover the gap of the floating floor.

Did you do simple 45 degree angles in the interior corners, or did you do something fancier?

Did you use a nail gun? Or did you pre-drill holes and nail with a hammer? What sort of angle did you drive the nails in at?
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-12-26 12:22 pm (UTC)
we used pine, and it was easy to nail into the existing baseboards.

we cut 45 degree angles for the corners - the tricky thing was managing the rotation based on how it needed to be cut on the table saw. speaking of, th table saw will make things much easier, if you have the sliding attachment that lets you cut at specific measurements.

no nail gun - just a hammer and nails. also, we just hammered them in so that the nail went thru the baseboard...no specific method.
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