How to put spacer on laminate floor instal with drywall gap?

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Old 02-11-14, 06:28 PM
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I have rooms where all of the walls have about 1/2 wall to floor gap. Drywall is 1/2" thick. My new laminate needs a 3/8 gap. Since the wall is 1/2 inch thick, how to I insert the spacer so i can remove them afterward? If i put it at a diagonal, it would slide and I suspect when i try to tap the planks they will be forced in and get stuck.

the only video I found online without you ripping bunch of spacer plywood to insert into the gap is to tape a 1/8 spacer (made by pergo) to the wall, so you will have 1/2 + 1/8 gap from the edge to the stud. Is that too much gap?


My new baseboard is about a bit thicker than 3/8, and I don't want to put in quarter round.

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Old 02-12-14, 03:43 AM
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Why bother using a spacer? it doesn't have to be a perfect gap, just some room for the flooring to expand/contract.

How high is the drywall above the subfloor? If the flooring will slip under the bottom of the drywall that will give you all the gap you need. You might not need it but I've always thought shoe molding looks a lot nicer than quarter round.
 
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Old 02-13-14, 09:34 PM
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The drywall is about mainly 1/2 in above the subfloor. one closet is about 3/4". The laminate + underlayment will slide underneath the gap. I do want it to slide underneath so the new baseboard will cover gap. However, how do I keep it in place while I am installing the planks and tapping them together without it sliding, and turning out crocked. That's why I thought spacers would help here.

If i don't tap, then I am afraid that I will have gap between the planks if I don't lightly tap them together. If there is a vid or instruction out there that shows how to do this without spacer, i would like to know.
 
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