Laminate floor and baseboard question


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Old 06-21-13, 01:58 AM
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Laminate floor and baseboard question

This is more of a check to see if i am correct. I removed baseboard, install the laminate leaving a gap between the wall and laminate then cover that gap with the baseboard sitting on top so it leaves room for expansion. No filling correct?
 
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With laminate flooring you should leave about 1/2 to 3/4" of gap at all edges for expansion. Placing the baseboard on top of the laminate to allow for expansion is good, but most molding is only 1/2" thick, requiring the installation of shoe molding to help cover the crack created by the flooring spacing. Shoe molding should only be nailed to the baseboard, and not to the laminate.
 
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Your basics are correct. Be sure to read all the instructions for misc tips/etc. Mine said to gap 1/4 to 1/2". All the plank edges should have clearance for expansion movement. IMO the door jams are the tricky part to gap properly, and maintain a clean appearance.

My drywall is gapped off the slab 3/4" so I also have the drywall thickness gap to work with. I had to make some custom shims to fit the fist row, so they would not move. The standard shims in the pull bar kit would get crooked in this area.
 
 

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