Sliding closet door track and laminate floor


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Old 11-21-05, 10:18 AM
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Sliding closet door track and laminate floor

When installing a laminate floor, do you install the sliding closet door track on top of the floor?

Or do you stop the floor, install the track directly to the concrete slab then start the floor again on the other side of the door track?

Thanks for any help.
 
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Old 11-21-05, 11:15 AM
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If you haven't installed the sliding door yet... install it after you install the floor so that it goes directly on top. Make sure you cut oversized holes in your laminate floor (for the expansion gap) where your screws would go for the sliding door as you lay your floor.

Just my opinion... I've personally did the same except my sliding door was there already and was more difficult but do-able.
 
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Old 11-21-05, 11:31 AM
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Since I have not even purchased the closet doors yet, I would think I could drill through the laminate where the pilot holes are to secure it to the concrete slab.

Sound right?
 
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Old 11-21-05, 11:36 AM
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Not a pro, but if you haven't purchase the door yet how would you know where to drill?...If you know where the holes need to be, then yes, but make sure you are pretty precise on where the hole needs to be drilled.
 
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Old 11-21-05, 01:07 PM
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Hi

The way we did ours and the way I've seen other people do it is to install the sliders on top of the plywood or concrete.. then install the wood floors (or laminates) to the slider's side such that the slider behaved like a vertical wall..
 
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Old 11-21-05, 01:23 PM
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You can install the sliding doors first too..of course! I just thought it would look more professional w/ the laminate right underneath and even easier and better since the sliding door's not there. If you put the doors in first just don't forget to use the transition molding and keep in mind the required gap expansion.
 
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Old 11-21-05, 02:38 PM
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I have put sliding doors on top of the laminate with big holes. Closet bifold doors, I do not attach the hardware to the floor at all, just the wall.
Lets see what the pros say.
 
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Once the laminate is installed, cut your track to length, making sure the mounting holes for the track is even and centered. You don't want a monting hole on one side 2 inches from the jamb and 10 inches away from the other jamb. Make them even.

Then lay that where it will be mounted on the floor. Mark your mounting holes on the laminate surface. Then using a drill bit called a spade bit, that is bigger then the fastener used to hold down the track by " , drill into the laminate at your marked holes.

Now whith concrete, and the hole drilled into the laminate, use a hammer drill with a " masonry bit, and drill a hole into the concrete about an inch and a half deep. Use a plastic drywall anchor into the hole after you vacuum the dust out of it.

Place the track in place and screw it down, using long and fat enough screws to anchor intop the plastic anchor.
 
 

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