Help With Flooring

Discussion in 'Carpenters' Talk' started by spannerw, May 18, 2020.

  1. spannerw

    spannerw Active Member

    No, Still rocking on the join on 3rd row,seems to even out on the 4th.
     
  2. Abrickie

    Abrickie Screwfix Select

    If you’ve got solid internal walls not stud the next bit is easy, pick a fully board, preferably to the left of the door run multitool down the joints 22mm ish and prise one out, carry on for the rest of the row and then the rest will come out without cutting. Once that’s out whip the insulation out and then it’s thinking cap on time
     
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  3. spannerw

    spannerw Active Member

    Bit late to start cutting boards out now so I will have a go tomorrow evening.

    Just wanted to say thank you for all your help so far. You are a true gent :):)
     
  4. Abrickie

    Abrickie Screwfix Select

    Nah I’m a cheap handyman lol ;)
     
  5. Severntrent

    Severntrent Screwfix Select

    Typo, it should have daid
    Typo, meant to say, on the full chipboard, and should have said bump and not dip, since it improves as you move away from door l go back to my original thought that the support joist below the joint has been laid on a slight slant up towards the door area or it has warped
     
  6. spannerw

    spannerw Active Member

    Ah see what you mean now :) Yes it does improve the further away from the door I go.
    I will be taking Abrickies advice tomorrow evening and taking the t & g up and se what’s happening.
    Thank you
     
  7. spannerw

    spannerw Active Member

    Abrickie
    Neighbour (architect) has been round this morning while I am at work and had a look.
    From what I understand he is saying, that section of flooring takes the majority of the foot fall and it is probably just settlement in the insulation.
    He has suggested 5mm ply over the top of the existing flooring, he says it wont be perfect but with decent underlay the laminate will be ok and sit level.
    I realise you are just a cheap handyman ;) but does this sound reasonable to you?
    Obviously if I have to lift the t&g I will.
    Thanks
     
  8. Abrickie

    Abrickie Screwfix Select

    That was my bodge option lol, it’s a damn sight easier and cheap than lifting the t&g. If I was doing this for my daughter the t&g would be coming up, doing it for myself, break out the ply ;)
     
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  9. Mr Rusty

    Mr Rusty Screwfix Select

    Cobblers. Why should adding 5mm to a non-flat floor help. It'll just be 5mm higher. Trying to lay laminate over humps is a fools game. You fight it forever, and it is never a good job. You need to get that floor flat. You might want to invest in a little laser level - really handy for all DIY jobs - something like this https://www.screwfix.com/p/bosch-quigo-self-levelling-cross-line-red-beam-laser/4708x

    Stand little blocks over the floor - lego bricks work great as they are uniform in size - and beam that laser across the floor so the line catches the little blocks and you'll be able to tell very easily where any high spots are. Low spots are easier because you can float a little self-levelling in, but humps have to be got rid of. If it is just one joist, then it's not too much of a job.

    It's worth spending the time to get it flat, because then any flooring like laminate or tiles you fit will go down like, well, lego! :D:D
     
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  10. spannerw

    spannerw Active Member

    Another suggestion he came up with was hiring a belt sander to get rid of high spots on the joints.
    Thoughts?
     
  11. spannerw

    spannerw Active Member

    And does neighbours explanation of what has caused it sound right?
     
  12. Abrickie

    Abrickie Screwfix Select

    The explanation makes sense, but I wouldn’t be hiring a belt sander lol
     
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  13. Abrickie

    Abrickie Screwfix Select

    Have you ask the option of John yet ? :D:D
     
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  14. spannerw

    spannerw Active Member

    Not yet, I was hoping he might pop up with some words of wisdom but he seems very quiet today. Think I might phone him as he put his number on another thread about extensions.:D
     
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  15. spannerw

    spannerw Active Member

    Ply it is then!! I take it I just screw it to the t&g? Do I need to leave expansion gaps anywhere? Room is 6m x 4m?
     
  16. Abrickie

    Abrickie Screwfix Select

    Personally I’d leave a gap of a couple of mm, and as it’s for laminate just screws should be fine, just plenty of them.;)
     
  17. spannerw

    spannerw Active Member

    Couple of mm around each board or around the edge of the room? How many screws per board?
     
  18. Abrickie

    Abrickie Screwfix Select

    Gap all round each board, screws I’d do every 150-200mm but I don’t pay for them lmao :D:D
     
  19. spannerw

    spannerw Active Member

    I,m sure I can convince my boss he needs to buy loads of screws so I can fix his buses with them ;)
     
  20. spannerw

    spannerw Active Member

    So got a whole load of ply today, I have been doing some research into laying it. Some say start slap bang in the middle of the room and work out and others say just start in a corner.
    Any cheap handymen out there got any thoughts? ;)
     

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