Laminate under hearth question

Old 11-27-06, 02:35 PM
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Laminate under hearth question

Hello all,

I am about 1 week away from putting down a laminate floor in a living room / hall way. One end of the living room has a brick hearth running the whole width that I will undercut.

The floor will run perpendicular to the fireplace. As I think it would be easier to start with the undercut part instead of finish there, I'm going to begin laying the first piece under the fireplace.

My only question is, since starting "wall" will be the fireplace, how do i maintain the 1/4" expansion since there's no way to put spacers (that can be removed anyway) in the undercut area? Make sense?

Old 11-27-06, 03:29 PM
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The 1/4 inch space is for expansion in the flooring material and is a minimum requirement. The brick, I'm guessing, is considerable thicker than that. when you undercut, give yourself enough room under it that it's at least half to three quarters under with plenty of room behind, and you'll be OK.

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