Why do you cut off the 'tongue'???

Old 11-13-05, 01:36 PM
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Why do you cut off the 'tongue'???

I'm installing Uniboard Lock 'n Seal flooring. The directions state that the tongue on the first row and the lip on the last row should always be removed. That makes sense, but it also says "The last plank in a row must be at least 12". Always remove the tongue on the last plank." Does it mean the last plank in EVERY row? Why would this need to be done?

Old 11-15-05, 03:54 PM
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It would just be the same as cutting off the tongue on the first row, so that you don't have the tongue butting up against the wall.
Old 11-18-05, 07:37 PM
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If you have really super thick baseboard molding, I would guess this isn't necessary as you can provide enough space from the wall to the tongue, and still cover up the tongue w/ the baseboard. Right?
Old 11-18-05, 10:33 PM
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Yes you would cut the tongue off the start of each row unless you had really wide bbds. But if you start from the other end of the row, you won't have a tongue to cut off.
If you have an appropriate saw (i.e. a chop saw) to cut the planks, cutting off the toune is a 2 second job.

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Old 11-19-05, 02:44 AM
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As long as you have the proper spacing gap per the floor directions. They say cut the tounge to ensure proper spacing for expansion and contraction. On my floating floor install which is soon to be installed, I can't take off the baseboard moulding so I will have to buy baseshoe large enough to conceal the gap (there was no existing baseshoe moulding, previous guy did who knows what with it)

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