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  •  I noticed that you installed (3+ / 0-)
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    the new laminate directly over the existing floor.

    Didn't the flooring manufacturer's instructions call for installing the laminate over a foam underlayment? Some of the products come with a foam backing but others don't.

    If you look at the photos I posted of my installation you can see the rolls of underlayment in one of them.

    The underlayment consists of a layer of foam and a moisture barrier and it cuts down on noise. The laminate just floats on top of the underlayment.

    You didn't mention it, but it's also important to leave a gap between the walls and the flooring so that the material can expand. Thankfully, you don't see the gap because the base boards are there to hide the gap. Since I see some black spacers in the photos it looks like you covered that.

    Nice job. I'm sure you'll enjoy the new floor for many years to come. I love mine and would never want to go back to carpet. I have carpet in my master bedroom, but now I wish I'd even put the laminate in there. It's a great product.

    The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

    by Mr Robert on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 02:00:07 PM PDT

    •  After I wrote the diary, (4+ / 0-)

      I realized that I didn't really go into the "hows" of the whole thing.  This particular laminate already had the backing attached.  That was a selling point for us.  And, yes, the guys used spacers at the walls.

      Can you call yourself a real liberal if you aren't reading driftglass?

      by CJB on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 02:15:52 PM PDT

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      •  While I had mine professionally (4+ / 0-)

        installed, I wanted to watch how it was done and I learned a lot. But, to be honest, I still wouldn't try to do it myself. I'm just not that brave.

        There are a number of tricks to the trade and some things I never would have thought of without seeing it. I especially liked the way the installer undercut the door casings using this special saw that's made for the job. It was also a lot of work even for an expert.

        There are a lot of videos on youtube and some of them do a really good job of showing the ins and outs of the whole process.

        Thanks for an interesting diary.

        The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

        by Mr Robert on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 02:21:41 PM PDT

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