DIY Network

All Projects

TV Projects

    What Do You Want To Work On?

      What Activity Do You Want To Do?

        0

        Available Projects

        Get Results

        DIY Network /

        Message Boards

            DIY Message Boards  Hop To Forum Categories  Home Improvement  Hop To Forums  Floors    Do I need spacers with laminate installation if I have space under trim?
        Go
        New
        Find
        Notify
        Tools
        Reply
          
        Do I need spacers with laminate installation if I have space under trim? Sign In/Join 
        posted
        We removed carpet and there is space for the laminate floor to fit under the trim on the floor. I really don't want to remove it and the wood fits under the space (I'm guessing). Do I still need spacers and if so where do I put them? I'm confused!

        Thanks so much!
         
        Posts: 3 | Registered: Aug 25, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
        Picture of Jaybee
        posted Hide Post
        The spacers are just a convenience to use during installation. Any spacers used will have to be removed when the floor is finished anyway. So yes, go ahead and keep the base in place and install the floor. Just make sure that you are leaving a space between the edge of the floating floor and the wall.

        For best results, end the floor flush with the face of the base trim. You will be adding a shoe mold piece anyway so this will cover an additional 3/8" of so of the floor.


        Jaybee
         
        Posts: 10105 | Location: Knoxville, Tennessee | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
        Picture of CommonwealthSparky
        posted Hide Post
        I too like the look of base shoe, as in many moulding small profiles its name also describes its function. Dread seeing quarter round install in its place.


        Popeye only reached for the Spinach can as a last resort...
         
        Posts: 1392 | Location: Central Pennsylvania | Registered: Jun 02, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
        posted Hide Post
        The one challenge when installing flooring with the baseboard already in place is keeping the floor from sliding under the trim and eliminating your expansion space. You don't want the floor tight against the wall or it will buckle with the seasonal changes.


        General Disclaimer

        Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

        My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
         
        Posts: 610 | Location: Cary, NC | Registered: Aug 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
          Powered by Social Strata  
         

            DIY Message Boards  Hop To Forum Categories  Home Improvement  Hop To Forums  Floors    Do I need spacers with laminate installation if I have space under trim?

        © Scripps Networks 2009

        Advertisement

        Posting Guidelines

        • Please be sure posts are category appropriate.
        • No off-topic or off-color postings.
        • Postings may be deleted at the discretion of DIY moderators.
        • No advertising is allowed.
        • Be nice. No name calling, personal attacks or flaming.
        • Certain words will trigger moderation of the post. These words mostly cover political or religious topics, which are OFF the topics covered by DIY.

        Full Guidelines

        For general message board help, click the tab labeled "Tools," and choose "Help" from the dropdown menu.