Engineered plank floor repair

Old 05-26-03, 04:12 PM
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Exclamation Engineered plank floor repair

I have spent several hours this afternoon looking for help here, only to come up empty. I laid my engineered plank floor about a year and a half ago. The foundation of my new house is concrete and the moisture test passed in several rooms before I put the floor down. The floor is completely flat - I checked this thoroughly before starting the job. I was not going to install this floor if it was not going to last. I used mastic to secure the planks to the concrete, as recommended by the manufacturer and several professionals in my area. I used a grooved edged trowel specifically designed to spread the mastic. I thought I had done everything I needed to do to insure a quality floor, so I laid down close to 1800 square feet of hardwood floor - seamless, at that - it just flows from one room into another, without interruption. It is absolutely beautiful.

Now that you have the history, my problem:
There is a small section, in the hall, between the kitchen and pantry, that has lifted from the concrete subfloor. I have tile in the kitchen and pantry and since through the pantry is the garage, this tends to be a high traffic area. I left a 1/4 inch around the entire edge of the floor to allow for the movement of the floor, so there is no buckling at this location. It just seems like the mastic has released the wood in this one area. Is this a common high traffic problem, or could a liquid have spilled causing the glue to fail? Maybe I did not properly prepare this piece of floor . . . would a single plank warp or bow and take the surrounding planks with it?

How do I fix it and is there anything I can do to prevent this from happening anywhere else on my floor?

Thanks, in advance, for any thoughts, help, ideas or otherwise -

Old 05-27-03, 06:40 AM
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Easy repair. Go to or, you drill a little hole, inject the adhesive, back fill the hole and you are done. There used to be a guy that detailed the repair method.
Old 05-27-03, 07:49 PM
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Thanks for the reply. I went out to and got some information. Has anyone here actually used this stuff with any success? I will try it out . . .

Thanks, again -
Old 05-28-03, 05:57 AM
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There used to be a guy "", that I believe moderated this sight and has his own flooring websight. He highly recommended it and had used it in the past numerous times.
Old 05-28-03, 07:10 AM
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Yup..that's me. I think I still have some links on that subject. It's still there but don't expect it to last much longer as the site is undergoing a serious facelift.

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