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# Smart way to tell if a floor is square?

## Smart way to tell if a floor is square?

#1
02-07-08, 06:16 AM
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Smart way to tell if a floor is square?

I have a tough situation that I am trying to wrap my non-carpenter mind around.

I am getting ready to install laminate in a living room that has an attached hallway. The hallway zig-zags to the left and ends at the bathroom.

Due to the layout of door jambs, it would be easier for us to start at the bathroom, lay the laminate down the hall, then continue on into the living room. However, I want to make sure the hallway is square with the living room. Obviously, if the hallway is off the seams in the living room will be at an angle.

Is there an easy way to tell if it is square? It would be simpler if the hallway was straight, but the zig-zag keeps me from getting a reliable measure down the hall.

I can draw a picture if necessary.

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02-07-08, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Whitenack
I have a tough situation that I am trying to wrap my non-carpenter mind around.

I am getting ready to install laminate in a living room that has an attached hallway. The hallway zig-zags to the left and ends at the bathroom.

Due to the layout of door jambs, it would be easier for us to start at the bathroom, lay the laminate down the hall, then continue on into the living room. However, I want to make sure the hallway is square with the living room. Obviously, if the hallway is off the seams in the living room will be at an angle.

Is there an easy way to tell if it is square? It would be simpler if the hallway was straight, but the zig-zag keeps me from getting a reliable measure down the hall.

I can draw a picture if necessary.
you can measure the living room corner to opposite corner, both ways, and compare. if square, the measurement should be the same. the hall is another matter. i would rather start in the living room and work my way down the hall, especially if the living room IS square. keep measuring,checking, as you go to see if you need to make any adjustments.

measur twice;cut once!

#3
02-07-08, 11:08 AM
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Thanks for the post.

We have considered starting in the living room, because if rooms are off, it would be better to have it show at the end of the hall instead of out in the living room. However, we figure that it is going to be much easier and much faster to start in the hallway because we won't have to worry about installing it under the jambs at the front door and at the bathroom.

See the crude diagram I have made. If we start in the living room, the front door jams and the bathroom jambs are going to prevent us from installing the laminate the normal way. We will have to cut the groove back and slide the planks in flat. This makes the seam weaker, and a weak seam in the most heavily traveled parts of the house (front door and bathroom) makes me nervous.

The planks will be running parrallel to the incoming light, perpendicular to the hall.

Well, I just realized I can't upload files. Bummer

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02-07-08, 02:58 PM
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Well, I just realized I can't upload files. Bummer
Upload them to a file sharing site like photobucket.com and post the IMG link here.

#5
02-07-08, 07:13 PM
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Actually, I just wised up and measured and added up all the walls on the north side, then measured and added up all the walls on the south side. There is 1/2 inch difference over the course of 25 feet. Good enough for me.