Schick Schick on Every Step


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Old 10-02-14, 10:07 AM
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Unhappy Schick Schick on Every Step

Didn't noticed while installing the engineered wood floor. But after few days of completion, every steps I take, there's "schick" sound.

I have 4ft long level, and checked to be sure there were no noticeable discrepancy in floor level before the installation began.

I used following form HomeDepot:
Home Legend Model # HL152H - Wire Brushed Oak Coffee 3/8 in. Thick x 5 in. Wide x 47-1/4 in. Length Click Lock Hardwood,
Roberts Model # 70-026-XL - Black Jack Pro 2-in-1 Laminate Underlayment
I emailed Home Legend few weeks ago from their website, but there were no response.

I did move all furniture to one side of the room, and when half the room was done, moved back the furniture to completed side to finished the other half. it was all click-lock, no glue used.

What could possibly cause this "schick" sound on every single steps? Is there a fix for this issue without removing them all again?
 
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Old 10-02-14, 02:13 PM
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According to the description it is laminate and not engineered flooring. It is made with either MDF or HDF with a picture of wood placed on it and aluminum oxide finish. Engineered flooring will be wood from top to bottom with a sandable, refinishable surface.

One trick used often is dusting the floor with talcum powder to lubricate the joints, then vacuuming the residue up. No guarantee it is a permanent fix, but it works where the wood rubs against itself.
 
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Old 10-02-14, 03:00 PM
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It looks like it does actually have a very thin wood top layer? But it sure isn't like any engineered wood I've ever seen in person or saw discussed here. I think they have tried to blur the line between engineered and laminate.
 
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Old 10-03-14, 01:28 PM
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Laminate is not supposed to be used on steps. Did you fasten it down solid or float it on the steps?
 
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Old 10-03-14, 04:28 PM
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I don't think he put it on steps. Just "steps" he took caused the noise.
 
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Old 10-07-14, 07:20 PM
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I took the leftovers back to HomeDepot, today. When asked to floor specialists he said they do look like laminate. The specialist called Home Legend, and they told him that these are engineered hardwood, has thin layer of hardwood on top and rest being HDF. I thought engineered hardwood has wood on top and bottom with HDF in between. Apparently, thin layer of hardwood just on top is also considered as engineered hardwood to them.

When I ordered them, there were specifically the words "engineered hardwood". But now, it just says "HDF hardwood", although at HomeDepot it's still in engineered hardwood category: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Home-Lege...152H/204362340

Another strange thing is that, every boxes are labeled "Engineered Hardwood". I think I've been screwed by Home Legend.

According to the description it is laminate and not engineered flooring. It is made with either MDF or HDF with a picture of wood placed on it and aluminum oxide finish. Engineered flooring will be wood from top to bottom with a sandable, refinishable surface.

One trick used often is dusting the floor with talcum powder to lubricate the joints, then vacuuming the residue up. No guarantee it is a permanent fix, but it works where the wood rubs against itself.
 
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Old 10-08-14, 04:48 AM
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I don't see how they can get away with calling it an "engineered" flooring, when it is clearly a laminate. We just laid a similar product, but it was bamboo engineered flooring in 3/8". Laid nicely and I expect a good life from it. Also had a call yesterday to lay 500 sf of customer purchased (Traffic Master laminate at 69 cents a sf) in a beauty shop First words out of my mouth was what about water? 3 sinks, spray bottles galore. I won't lay it.
 
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Old 10-08-14, 05:08 AM
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Did you allow the floor to acclimate prior to installation for at least 72 hours?

Did you install the laminate perpendicular to the floor joists system?

Did you provide for an expansion gap around the perimeter of the room?

Is the floor free to move or did you nail the shoe molding to the floor - shoe should be nailed to the base molding only so that the floor is free to move underneath it.

All these things could contribute to the floor being stressed when you walk on it. The planks sound like they are too tight. Can you remove the last row and see of a slight adjustment of the gap on the starter wall eases the tension and quiets the floor down?
 
 

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