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I'm going to install laminate flooring mostly by myself. If anyone has any tips or advise please post.


Tapioca intolerant

First cousin dx'd with Celiac Disease

Grandmother died of malnutrition b/c everything made her sick... sounds like celiac to me.

Gluten-free since June 2005

Dx with IBS February 2005

Blood tests both negative (or inconclusive?) for celiac (in 2002 and 2004)

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It's very easy to do! I suggest getting a proper laminate blade (for circular saw) for cutting the laminate...it's very tough stuff and hard to cut through. We dulled a blade very quickly when laying floor in our basement...the final cuts were tough to do.

Michelle

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Hi,

We have laminate in our house, and I LOVE it. My first advice would be to buy the best you can afford. We have Pergo in our foyer, hallway, and eating area. We bought another brand for the kitchen, since they had a pattern we loved, and could not get in Pergo. The Pergo has held up wonderfully for 9 years - no marks at all, with 3 kids and a dog. The kitchen has had more problems. There are several dents in the floor where things have been dropped, and I think the same things were dropped on the Pergo, but just didn't leave a mark.

We have the glue-together kind, and really like the waterproof aspect of that. Wet/snowy shoes come in the front door, and the water never seeps through the joints. We just installed the "click" together kind for my mother, and it went together very easily.

When you lay out your room, think about which way you want the grain to run - usually they say to run the grain "with" the light, or with the length of a hallway. Make sure you use spacers to leave a 1/4" gap around the walls - between changes in summer and winter humidity, there can be a lot of expansion.

Some brands have a repeating pattern, and you can pick the boards one at a time out of the box and lay them in order. Some brands have several different printed patterns, and the pieces are not well distributed through the boxes, so you have to open several boxes and make sure you select a variety as you lay them in place. Make sure you shift the joint down at least 8" for each row. Depending on the measurement of your room, the last piece you cut off at the end will usually work as the starter piece for the next row, and you will get an even shift in the layout.

Also measure and calculate how many rows you will have in your room. If your measurement ends up with less than 1/2 a board width on your last row, you might want to cut a strip off the first row, so the last row isn't a "sliver". If you have a very thin strip to fit in for your last row, it can be very difficult to get in place when you are working up against the wall. Also remember that most rooms aren't square, so don't trust your starter wall to be square with the rest of the room. Do some measurements, and decide if you need to scribe some off the first row to square it up.

Installing completely by yourself might be a bit tricky. We have always had 2 or 3 people. It helps to have someone at each end of the row to guide, or tell you when things are in place properly.

(yes, I watch a lot of home improvement TV, and I've done many of our own projects.)

Good luck!

Debbie


Gluten free since July 97

corn free since Jan 98

Never diagnosed by a Doctor

Symptoms cleared on gluten-free diet

Mom and one sister are also gluten-free

One sister with type I diabetes (diagnosed at age 10)

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Great advice girls. Thank you.

I did get buy good quality laminate. But we're laying it for the purpose of selling our condo. It will give a better first impression than the kitchen and entryway flooring that is there now.

I love home reno/decorating shows too. My dh will be helping me, but I have more patience and accuracy for these types of projects.

Now I just need inexpensive and quick backsplash ideas. Once you start something, it seems to never end. LOL


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First cousin dx'd with Celiac Disease

Grandmother died of malnutrition b/c everything made her sick... sounds like celiac to me.

Gluten-free since June 2005

Dx with IBS February 2005

Blood tests both negative (or inconclusive?) for celiac (in 2002 and 2004)

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We did wood floor in my yoga room - bamboo, but the same basic premise applies. Check the details, to make sure you have the right kind of underlayment for the method of laying that you're using and all that. It was pretty easy, but we were very glad to have a compound miter saw and table saw for ripping the edge pieces.


Tiffany aka "Have I Mentioned Chocolate Lately?"

Inconclusive Blood Tests, Positive Dietary Results, No Endoscopy

G.F. - September 2003; C.F. - July 2004

Hiker, Yoga Teacher, Engineer, Painter, Be-er of Me

Bellevue, WA

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The flooring looks awesome. It will definitely have a much better impact on first impressions than the previous floor. I'm really happy with the quality of product that we chose. I was looking at other brands in Home Depot and Rona, and they were very thin and just not as nice as my pick.

It feels good to be done and I'm really glad that there were three of us laying it at the time.

I can't wait to complete all my little projects so that we can sell and buy a different place where I am looking forward to laying bamboo (if it needs any new flooring). However, if my budget is tight, I would buy the same brand of laminate again.


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First cousin dx'd with Celiac Disease

Grandmother died of malnutrition b/c everything made her sick... sounds like celiac to me.

Gluten-free since June 2005

Dx with IBS February 2005

Blood tests both negative (or inconclusive?) for celiac (in 2002 and 2004)

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When you purchase laminate flooring it usually comes with all the guideliness that you may need. So you normally shound't have any problems. This happened to me when I ordered my floor coverings from an on-line shop. The package included all the instructions and it went very well. So I thought to recommend to store to other persons too.

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How do you clean laminate? The house we bought a year ago has it in the kitchen, dining and formal living room. It is beautiful when freshly cleaned, and I use the Swiffer Wet-Jet laminate formula. However, when we walk on the dry floor with bare feet, we leave footprints! My floor looks gross 1/2 day after I clean it!!! Suggestions please!


Tummy troubles began in early 2005.

Misdiagnosed with IBS in May 2006, meds didn't work.

June 2007 IgA results 137.8, MD said "normal" is <20. Gluten intolerant.

7/2/07 endoscopy indicated Celiac Sprue. Gluten free since that day.

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Laminate floors should be cleaned with either a product specially made for the purpose (Home Depot has a good one that you just spray on and wipe off with a dry soft mop) or very-slightly-damp mopped with warm water and a little white vinegar.

It's important never to saturate the floor or leave water on the surface. My parents have a Pergo floor in their kitchen, and it's held up perfectly for several years now--but she never gets it too wet...that's key.


Patti

"Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans"

"When people show you who they are, believe them"--Maya Angelou

"Bloom where you are planted"--Bev

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We clean the laminate with a diluted Murphy's Oil soap-makes the floor SOOO beautiful! Plus you can use it on all the baseboards-pretty much everything. As for installation, ours did NOT come with the tapping block-we thought we could get away with using a small remnant board--BIG mistake!! We ended up ruining a few boards. I recommend using any tools the manufacturer recommends!


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Daughter diagnosed 1/06 bloodwork and biopsy
-gluten-free since 1/06

Son tested negative-bloodwork (8/07), intestinal issues prompted biospy (3/08), results negative, but very positive dietary response, Dr. diagnosed Celiac disease (3/8)

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We did wood floor in my yoga room - bamboo, but the same basic premise applies. Check the details, to make sure you have the right kind of underlayment for the method of laying that you're using and all that. It was pretty easy, but we were very glad to have a compound miter saw and table saw for ripping the edge pieces.

RE: Bamboo flooring

How does this flooring hold up to imprints of high heels? Isn't bamboo a softer wood? Do you know if it could be used as an interior door?


Husband has Celiac Disease and

Husband misdiagnosed for 27 yrs -

The misdiagnosis was: IBS or colitis

Mis-diagnosed from 1977 to 2003 by various gastros including one of the largest,

most prestigious medical groups in northern NJ which constantly advertises themselves as

being the "best." This GI told him it was "all in his head."

Serious Depressive state ensued

Finally Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2003

Other food sensitivities: almost all fruits, vegetables, spices, eggs, nuts, yeast, fried foods, roughage, soy.

Needs to gain back at least 25 lbs. of the 40 lbs pounds he lost - lost a great amout of body fat and muscle

Developed neuropathy in 2005

Now has lymphadema 2006It is my opinion that his subsequent disorders could have been avoided had he been diagnosed sooner by any of the dozen or so doctors he saw between 1977 to 2003

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