FIT FLOORING AROUND OBSTACLES
NAVIGATION
Hardwood Floor Services
Hardwood Floor Installation
Removing Base Molding
Removing Shoe Molding
Tack Down Building Paper
Width of the Starter Strip
Installing The Starter Row
Nail Down Subsequent Rows
Crosscut Pieces for Each Row
Fit Flooring around Obstacles
Cut and Fit the Final Row
Sand and Finish the Floor
Reapply - Base, Shoe Molding
Not all floors are obstacle free. In various cases, the rooms may not be rectangular, so when it comes to a bend in the wall, merely arrangement the strip of wood as close to the wall as feasible and then make use of those proportions when you are required to cut the section to fit appropriately. In addition, remember to allow a gap the length of all the walls. You will have to amend the floorboards to fit around any of the barriers such as toilets or pipes. If you are fortunate, you can merely drill holes within the plank and then slip it over the obstruction; however, you are more apt to have to cut it. Whenever possible remove the item, install the flooring beneath it, and replace it. If you are able to cut any of the flooring permitting it to fit about the object keeping a one fourth inch gap for available for expansion. Fill the gap with silicone caulk after the flooring glue has completely dried. Caulk tends to keeps any moisture from starting to seep into the core of the associated plank. It is especially important when completing kitchen and bathrooms.

Install the floor planks up to the obstacle. Be certain to place a mark on the side and the front of the pipe. Set the end of the planks near the pipe and then transfer the center point from the pipe to the planks with a marker and a square. Place the planks on the top of the last planks you install, and butt it against the spacers. Draw a straight line across the entire width of the planks to mark the pipes center.

Clamp the planks face up on a section of plywood attached to a worktable. Drill through the middle of the crossed line - using a Forstner bit in place of a usual spade bit as this will result in a cleaner hole. The bits must be one half inch wider than that of the pipe to allow for a proper size expansion opening on all of the sides. On the reverse of the slat of wood, draw a straight line through the complete center of the drilled hole. Lay the plank upon a section of plywood attached to the workbench and proceed to clamp it in place. Using a one by three as your guide, cut the line you have marked with a circular cutting saw and carbide tipped blade.

Set several spacers up against the wall directly behind the pipe. Position the wood and glue the bigger section of the cut pieces to its matching neighbor. Fill the groove and edge of the smaller of the pieces with glue. Next slip the smaller of the pieces between the spacers and the larger of the pieces. With pull bar and a hammer, tap all the pieces together and push against the neighboring plank. Make sure to wipe away of the excess glue. If there are larger barriers, you will be required to do things slightly different. Bathtubs and toilets are the common larger of the obstacles you will encounter. To fit your flooring around the toilet, first remove your toilet and plug up the drainpipe using a damp cloth in which to block the toxic sewer gases. Then scrape all of the old waxed seal off the flange. Dry lay the flooring up to the toilet flange. With a square mark a box to designate the cut edges of the flange on your planks. Use the basically the exact method you used to mark the pipes. Bow a flexi-curve into the shape of the flange. Place the measured flexi-curve upon the plank with its inside edges touching the box. Now trace around the outer side to create a hole with of the proper sized expansion hole. Cut along the inner section of the marked circle using a saber saw. Fit and Cut the planks as for another object. Seal the flange with caulking. When the floor is completely dry, connect the toilet.

Treat any immovable objects such as tubs as you would normal walls. Begin the first rows at the edge of the tub. Fill the space with sealant and smooth it carefully with your wet finger.



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