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Removing laminate flooring

Discussion in 'Floors, Stairs and Lofts' started by Adam78, 7 Jun 2018.

  1. Adam78

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    I have some gas and water pipes that run under floorboard for central heating.

    I want to lay laminate flooring but im concerned that if there is a leak and we need access to remove the floorboards how easy is it to remove some of the laminate flooring in such am eventuality and to easily replace them back?

    Ive heard of some click system laminate but im not too familiar with it and how easy it would be inthe above scenario.

    Please can someone advise on the best method and any pros.and cons

    Should the laminates be installed in same direction as floorboards?
     
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    Laminate flooring is near impossible to remove 'in bits'. It's all or nothing. Should be fitted at 90 degrees to floor boards, ideally.
     
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    Lamainte flooring is easy to unlock it bits. Done it loads of times. Just have to be careful and check the locking system.
     
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    How do you get the first piece out??
     
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    I would buy a spare pack and throw it in the loft (not garage or shed as it will swell). I found it easiest to remove the flooring by taking up a threshold strip by a doorway and lifting the whole floor up. Either that or have one side installed with the cork edging buffer. Once the cork is removed there will be room to unclick the first panel. Hope that helps (and makes sense)
     
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    Remove scotia

    Tilt board up and slide it 5mm then lift out. All depends which laminate and locking system.

    Got to uplift one next week and could do a video if it will help mate
     
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    So you have to start at the edge, you can't remove a bit in the middle of the floor. So if your leak is not near the edge you basically have to remove all of it.
     
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    You can take a board out in the middle. Did one today. Use a plunge saw to cut point to point on the plank.
    Should be videos on YouTube.
     
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    How do you get the new one back in when there are tongues all round?
     
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    There are groves on 2 sides and tongues on 2. You have to take out a grove then glue the plank in.

    Go on a quickstep laminate training course and your shown how to do it.
     
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    If you have a leak then highly unlikely you could locate without taking up the floor.
     
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