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Topic by thebaldguy posted 04-30-2009 06:17 AM 4132 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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thebaldguy

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04-30-2009 06:17 AM

Getting ready to lay down a engerineered hard wood floor that is glued down, I was wondering how difficult it would be and if anyone that has done this had any tips or suggestions.



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Catspaw

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05-01-2009 01:34 AM

Not difficult. But the glue just gets messy. Definitely only put glue down in strips so you can work close to the peice being installed.

Also, when we’ve installed it, we bought big straight (slot) cheap screwdrivers. When you place the flooring, the screwdrivers come in handy when you need to snug them up against each other. We literally drive the tip into the subfloor, thru the glue, as close to the peice as possible. Then you lever the peice over and tight against the previous peice. You can use a scrap of flooring between the install and the screwdriver. But the peices get messy.

Bostick Glue is insidious….gets on everything…but it holds on for dear life.

-- arborial reconfiguration specialist

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tenontim

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05-10-2009 06:17 PM

Like Catspaw said, the glue is quite a mess. Don’t put down too much at once. I used the latex glue which you can clean up with water before it dries and with mineral spirits after it dries. Don’t skimp on the glue, especially over dips in the floor. I put mine directly onto the cement slab, and I had a few low spots that needed extra glue and weight placed on the flooring over these sections, to get a good bond. I used a 1” x 2” piece of wood, with a slight angle cut on one end, to tap the sections of flooring together.

-- Tim

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Leroy5

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11-06-2010 05:37 PM

True all, but it is better to put a small, ripped-down bit of flooring with the GROOVE on it to put between the screwdriver and the flooring. This protects the tongue so the you don’t have any problems with the next row you put down. Our company likes to carefully lay out the first few rows and glue them down, then let them dry overnight before doing the rest of the floor. That way you have a solid section to work against so the flooring doesn’t shift around on you. We also have slide hammers to draw boards tight and clamps with long straps that stretch all the way across the floor to hold them in place and then weight down the middle to keep it from bucking until the glue sets. Clean up any glue while it is fresh, or it might not come off without damaging the finish. Make sure the glue you use is for the flooring you are putting down. Other glues will probably NOT work well enough to hold over the years.

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mjorgenson

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11-11-2010 03:29 AM

Some good advice here already…I will throw in, if there is any possible way you get get a buddy to help, there is a huge advantage to having 2 people on this task. One guys doing the running and cutting and the other placing the boards will help you avoid having the glue dry out on you and/or tracking glue in and out of your space.

Hardwood flooring Atlanta

-- Michael, http://myrtlebeach.floorcoveringsinternational.com

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