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can I glue & close separated butt joints in floating engineered hardwood floor?

can I glue & close separated butt joints in floating engineered hardwood floor?

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Old 04-29-17, 05:07 PM
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can I glue & close separated butt joints in floating engineered hardwood floor?

Hi
Have floating engineered hardwood (plywood type) tongue in groove floor.
Boards were not glued together by installer.
Now some of the butt joints have separated.

Can I
1) put a bead of tongue-in-groove adhesive on the top of the exposed tongue
2) smash/push the boards back together
and
expect the glue to hold?

And
I have a 3" pull bar but 3" is too wide now that the boards are installed. Also the bar is too thick to fit in the grooves even if it were narrower. So...

I can close the gaps by kicking the boards with a tennis shoe on my foot but this is kinda raw. Is there somewhere a more delicate pull bar? Or are they all the same?

Thank you.
 
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Old 04-29-17, 06:58 PM
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It sounds as if the wood was not acclimated to your house for 72 hours prior to installation, thus the shrinkage. If the installation was click lock, the boards would not be glued at any point. You didn't stipulate what type flooring it was.

You can use a tool similar to this: Roberts Pro Pull Bar for Laminate and Wood Floors-10-18-8 - The Home Depot to hook over the offending end and tap with a hammer. Don't expect miracles, but sometimes they do happen.
 
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Old 04-29-17, 09:03 PM
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Ok
will give it a try
thank you
 
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If the gap is from the wood shrinking, all you can hope to do is move the gap to somewhere else, hopefully somewhere more hidden.
 
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Old 05-01-17, 08:25 AM
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I think it is shrink so
I put on the glue
slid the board over by kicking with tennis shoe
put glue on the next gap
slid the board over by kicking with tennis shoe
etc
the final space is under the baseboard so does not show
looks good so far but time will tell
 
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