(Faus laminate flooring) moulding to cover expansion gap


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Old 07-18-14, 03:18 PM
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(Faus laminate flooring) moulding to cover expansion gap

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I installed Faus laminate flooring and have some unusual areas to get some kind of moulding on to cover that gap we are supposed to leave for expansion.

For the railing area in photos, the railing base is just 1/4 inch higher than the floor. The only quarter-round moulding I ever see is about 3/4 inch which would look ridiculous. I may end up using the transition moulding Faus has, similar to stair nose shown, but it isn't made for this kind of area so it would be tricky fastening it and the area where it would meet stairs would look strange. So, thought I'd ask here before I tried that.

The round electrical floor outlet is a very odd thing to cover. Some kind of a removable cover could even work, I don't know. I've asked around at flooring stores and nobody has any good ideas for it.

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Jim
 
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Old 07-19-14, 06:02 AM
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The stair area will need to be a makeshift solution. You could use colored caulk. I don't think it would affect the expansion capability to any great affect. Or use molding and carve it to fit properly.

As far as the outlet goes I don't think you should even try to cover it. It is what it is.
 
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Old 07-19-14, 06:07 AM
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I agree with Norm. The gap is too small to begin with for expansion, so a colored caulk would make it less noticeable and will move with expansion. I would just put a new cover on the receptacle or use Brasso on the existing one to dress it up a little. Good cut on the hole, BTW.
 
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Old 07-19-14, 06:36 AM
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If you did make a cover for the receptacle, I'd use a hole saw to cut a blank out of a piece of thin solid oak, then round the edges slightly, and stain and finish the oak to match. A bit of silicone underneath would hold it in place.

But it would probably break some electrical code to cover it in that way.
 
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Old 07-19-14, 06:57 AM
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Thanks Norm and Chandler, appreciate it. I'm loving the idea of keeping it simple with the caulk. Actually, that was something one person recommended at one flooring store of many I asked but he didn't seem real sure about it and since it was just one person and it seemed unusual to me for laminate flooring, I didn't take it that seriously.

My only question is, is there a certain kind of caulking that would be best for this or just any that remains flexible. I'm guessing there are some that maybe get kind of rock hard, or maybe I'm thinking of something else.

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Old 07-19-14, 07:17 AM
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XSleeper, Your post came in as I was typing other one. Thanks, yes, I had thought about that electrical code thing too. Now that I have this idea of caulking and some Brasso to clean it up, I think I'm just going to keep it simple. It's not in an area where it stands out a lot so it should look fine once it's cleaned up and gap is filled in.
 
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Old 07-19-14, 12:37 PM
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Polish the floor receptacle and finish that one with caulking. For the stair run, look into getting some glass bead molding and stain it to match. It should be small enough to work with your height restriction and still float over the small gap left. Would look nicer than caulk on the long run.

http://www.johnsonlumberco.com/Webpa...art3/WM148.JPG
 
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Old 07-20-14, 09:15 AM
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Thanks czizzi, I'll consider that option too.
 
 

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