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montydog

Hi there,I've completed the installation of some laminate floor in my master bedroom and hallway, and just noticed some bouncing in a couple of places in the bedroom.  Its slightly noticable to walk on and when someone is looking at the floor while you walk over it, they can see the seems bending a bit.I thought about removing the floor to see what's going on, but the problem is that I glued the short ends (as recommended in the manufacturer's instructions...), so I'm affraid removing the board would also break the tongues.Any explanations for this?  Anything that I can do? Thanks in advance.  

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montydog

Hi there,Well, 5 months later, here is a quick update.Most of the bounce has evened out - hardly noticable now at all.  Only 1 squeaky spot is annoying me (because I know it's there!).  No one else has noticed any problems with the floor - they all love it! So, to conclude: some bounce is expected upon installation but it usually goes away.  Here is a short list of tips/things I would do differently:1. Make sure the subfloor is flat - but it does not have to be level! If you had carpet, it probabaly is not flat or level.  Easiest way to do this is probably just put down 1/4 inch plywoood over the subfloor (lay it in different direction than the subfloor).  This willl make the floor flat and really make the installation much easier.  This may add some transitions if the adjoining rooms are now at a different height - but worth it for a smoother job (that's what the installers did at my in-laws place and it turned out very nice!).2. To do #1 you will probably have to remove the baseboards.  Most installation instructions say you don't have to, but in the one room where I did remove the baseboards the floor installation was much easier!3. If you are removing the flooring, you migth as well paint!  You will never have such a great opportunity to paint so easily.  After I removed the carpet, I painted 2 rooms in record time- I didn't care about any drops on the floor!  I highly recommend this.Hoping others can learn from my 'experience' (i.e. what not to do!).Happy Renovating!

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fencesllove

Anyways, Did you leave expansion space on all the edges?

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LolaLayney

In case you'd like try fixing it yourself, I watched this great video on how to install laminate floor and it turned out beautifully. Good luck!

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tom81

You need to some proffessional laminate flooring installer to removing the flooring planks having problem. You can't do the work if you are familar with it. The proffessional laminate flooring installer will paint the short end of new laminate flooring planks again.

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montydog

ok, just had my first experience with self-leveling cement.  I'm not impressed.  Mixed it per instructions and it came out very much like pancake batter.  I poured it down and it more or less globbed on me. I used Super Ez-Flow by Stone Mason.  I spread it around with a trowel and featherd as best I could around the areas ths that were low.  I hope it's good enough.  I have a feeling that I will have to sand the edges and maybe apply some more cement tomorrow.To make matters worse, I went to clean out the 5 gal pail in the garage.  The was a bit left in the pail and it all came out over my driveway.   Worse, it then started to flow onto my neighbors driveway while I was cleaning up (i live in a townhouse and share a driveway with my neighbor).  I spent a good 30 minutes in a panic rinsing off my neighbor's driveway to make sure there wasn't any that would mess up his driveway.  I'm now mostly satisfied that i've averted disaster, although worse case I suppose I'll be paying for to have his driveway re-sealed in the spring.what a night! 

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montydog

Thanks for all replys.I checked with a flooring store and spoke to a few handy friends.  Turns out the subfloor isn't level.  Since I made the well-intentioned mistake of gluing the short-ends of the flooring together, I'm going to have to scrap the master bedroom and hallway - about 300 sq ft in total.   Going to cost me another $700 taxes all in.  Groan!The most painful thing is realizing that I made such a huge mistake.  The money and time to re-do it  is something I can deal, but admitting that I should have checked the level first - man, that's a tough pill to swallow.So, while I wait for the new replacement flooing to come in (about a week or so..) I'm going to paint the room and finish the flooring in the office.  I'll figure how to apply self-leveling cement (doing that tonight in the office!) and see what happens. Let this be a warning to all - check if your floor is level/flat before you put flooring down.   This simple step could cost you quite a bit if you have to re-do the the job.Now, I need to figure what to do with 300 sq ft of laminte flooing with broken tonges.  Perhaps I'll re-use it in the basement or some place where I just don't care.  I might have to glue it all up, but in some parts of my basement, pure quality aren't that imporant... 

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