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    Need advice on laminate flooring fitting...

    Getting some laminate flooring fitted in my bedroom.

    It's a grooved floor so slots together.

    The guy who is fitting it told me to leave my carpet down as that could be used as underlay.

    The carpet is quite thick and is worn more in some places and like new in other places (e.g. under the bed).

    Is he right to leave the carpet down as I would imagine that the carpet would have too much "give" (if you know what I mean) and therefore the floor would move as you walk over it and maybe break.

    I've never put down a floor before so don't know. Has anyone ever put their floor over carpet? Or is it best to get underlay?

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    don't use the carpet, it will feel 'spongy' under foot, and the joins tend to ruck/break apart

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    ctuk;5124858

    don't use the carpet, it will feel 'spongy' under foot, and the joins … don't use the carpet, it will feel 'spongy' under foot, and the joins tend to ruck/break apart



    agreed he is cutting corners doing it this way fair enough if it was a thin carpet but you need to take up the old carpet make sure any loose floorboards are screwed down and correct laminate underlay used

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    ctuk;5124858

    don't use the carpet, it will feel 'spongy' under foot, and the joins … don't use the carpet, it will feel 'spongy' under foot, and the joins tend to ruck/break apart



    agreed, poor advice, my father in law is the manager fo the country's largest warehouse for carpets and laminate flooring, they supply the industry, he tells me everything I didn't want to know about flooring and you should never use carpet....Underlay is cheap, buy the proper stuff

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    yeah I dont think the carpet would work. But you can benefit from an underlay for laminate. The underlay from your existing carpet may be ok, without seeing it its hard to make a valued assessment

    lol.

    Under no circumstances let the person who advised you this lay your laminate!!!

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    thesaint;5124909

    lol.Under no circumstances let the person who advised you this lay your … lol.Under no circumstances let the person who advised you this lay your laminate!!!



    dont often agree with saint but on this occasion i could not agree more

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    Do you need glue for the underlay?

    seriously , sack the guy before he starts and get some 1 who wants to do a good job mate

    Rhianne;5124934

    Do you need glue for the underlay?


    computer says no

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    RudiBryson;5124949

    seriously , sack the guy before he starts and get some 1 who wants to do … seriously , sack the guy before he starts and get some 1 who wants to do a good job mate



    He's doing it for free as he knows my mother. Lol!

    My room isn't exactly what you would call straight either. One wall is curved inwards like this ----> ).

    Rhianne;5124984

    He's doing it for free as he knows my mother. Lol!My room isn't exactly … He's doing it for free as he knows my mother. Lol!My room isn't exactly what you would call straight either. One wall is curved inwards like this ----> ).



    Mark my words, you'll regret this freebie. If this clown thinks that you can lay laminate on top of carpet, then you can guarantee that his curved sawing is going to be diabolical.

    Buy some 9 inch wide beading in preparation.

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    thesaint;5125025

    Mark my words, you'll regret this freebie. If this clown thinks that you … Mark my words, you'll regret this freebie. If this clown thinks that you can lay laminate on top of carpet, then you can guarantee that his curved sawing is going to be diabolical.Buy some 9 inch wide beading in preparation.



    LOL! Do you really need edging? I was told you'd need it as the floor would expand in the heat etc.

    Rhianne;5125057

    LOL! Do you really need edging? I was told you'd need it as the floor … LOL! Do you really need edging? I was told you'd need it as the floor would expand in the heat etc.



    Do you mean wouldn't need it?

    Rhianne;5125057

    LOL! Do you really need edging? I was told you'd need it as the floor … LOL! Do you really need edging? I was told you'd need it as the floor would expand in the heat etc.


    here's what you need, the finish will look superb:
    http://www.peakoak.co.uk/images/3-inch-ogee-solid-oak-architrave.jpg

    you do need to leave a small gap on each side the let the floor expand/contract (which can be covered by beading)

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    you need a 10 mm gap all round you can buy packers or if you want to go the whole hog and do a really good job you could have the skirting boards off then lay the lam then put the skirtings back

    Get a new carpet:-D sorry, but i'm one of the few people left who hates laminate. i love the feel of my bare feet on a soft carpet:roll:

    thesaint;5124909

    lol.Under no circumstances let the person who advised you this lay your … lol.Under no circumstances let the person who advised you this lay your laminate!!!



    gotta agree-the guy is clearly a cowboy-even if its a freebie I wouldnt let him anywhere near my house! you want years of enjoyment from a properly laid floor-this chap sounds clueless. cheapest(or free) doesnt always mean best.

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    ctuk;5125072

    here's what you need, the finish will look superb:



    What wood is that. I've got oak flooring. I don't want anything too big as I think it'll look silly with the curved wall.

    Rhianne;5125276

    What wood is that. I've got oak flooring. I don't want anything too big … What wood is that. I've got oak flooring. I don't want anything too big as I think it'll look silly with the curved wall.



    waste of time edging , take off the skirtings and do a right job 1st time

    Rhianne;5125276

    What wood is that. I've got oak flooring. I don't want anything too big … What wood is that. I've got oak flooring. I don't want anything too big as I think it'll look silly with the curved wall.



    lol. You'll need something that wide to hide the poor workmanship.

    Please post some pics when it's done.

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    thesaint;5125368

    lol. You'll need something that wide to hide the poor workmanship.Please … lol. You'll need something that wide to hide the poor workmanship.Please post some pics when it's done.



    Haha I will. More than likely will be pictures of me throwing a punch! :P

    RudiBryson;5125336

    waste of time edging , take off the skirtings and do a right job 1st time



    +1 and dont use carpet as underlay the floor will bounce
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