Laminate Floor help, please!

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Old 09-13-08, 04:46 PM
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Exclamation Laminate Floor help, please!

Hello there.

About a month ago, my in-laws helped us installed Laminate Flooring in our living room and hallway. Everything went fine.

In our living room, there was an indention in the floor where a wood stove sat. We braced and covered it, almost perfectly even. We did alot of test-walks/jumps/etc to make sure it would stay put and not move up/down.

Shortly after installing the floor in our living room, I noticed a piece is coming un-snapped between two boards, about where that hole was. However, instead of bumping up (which is what it should do as the board would be higher than lower), it's sinking down.

I've put an area rug over it and tried to arrange the furniture so that it would rarely get stepped on.. but it's getting worse. It is almost the last piece next to the wall, but we've already installed quarter round and it's smack dab in the middle of the living room.

Almost the entire piece is popped out of it's neighbor piece (just on the side, not on the top or anything), and when touched/stepped on, it sinks down a little.. and I'm afraid it's going to snap..or something. Is there any way we can fix this without taking it all out?

I can take a photo and post it, if it would help any.

Thank you.
 
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Old 09-14-08, 08:38 AM
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pics are whats needed.....................
 
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Old 09-15-08, 03:57 PM
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It sounds like the pergo floor you put in has a split groove. You probably need to take out enough pieces to do a little bit more floor leveling under that piece. Then when putting it back, if the last piece can't be snapped directly in, you will need to remove the bottom groove and use epoxy to glue it in. Wood glue probably wouldn't work because there is sometimes wax or oil in the grooves to repel water in the seams. Btw clean epoxy with mineral spirits before it dries!
 
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Old 09-18-08, 10:46 AM
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There is a low area, under the laminate. The floor is flexing and coming apart, because it is pulling opposite direction as it flexs down in, on top of the depression.

If a contractor had done this, they would have to remove the trim, and disassemble the floor, shim the low spot, and reassemble the floor, replace the molding, and repaint.

Just think of all the money you saved, doing it yourself!! Priceless!!
 
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