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walkjw

03:01PM | 06/14/03
Member Since: 06/13/03
7 lifetime posts
Bvflooring
Hi, how important is it to level the concrete floor prior to installing an engineered wood floor using a floating installation.

5 yr old house, in Southern California.
Thank you!

carpetman

03:19PM | 06/15/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
the concrete will need to be with in 1/8 " of level each 10'( if you want the wood floor to be level,your slab needs to be level) good luck

walkjw

03:25PM | 06/15/03
Member Since: 06/13/03
7 lifetime posts
Carpetman, thanks for working on Fathers Day, best wishes.
Floor installed for about 3 to 4 weeks now. Has more waves than we expected in a "floating" floor so we're looking for some info.
Will this floor "settle", cause damage or short life if uneven?
Anyway to make the baseboards look more even?

carpetman

08:35PM | 06/16/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
nothing you can do to change the floor now,but i doubt it will "wear out" any faster,clear silicone under the wall base may help hide gaps between the wood and the base,good luck

walkjw

02:57AM | 06/17/03
Member Since: 06/13/03
7 lifetime posts
Did I make a BIG mistake by not leveling some areas prior?

Is leveling a standard "to-do" before install?

I know mine is as good as it can be but Neighbor Jeff wants to plank his floor also.

carpetman

10:26AM | 06/17/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
yes,you need to make sure the floor is level,get the longest level you can find and check it.anything over 1/8" needs to be filled with a portland cement based floor patch.also fill any cracks in the slab. good luck

KD Fisher

12:55AM | 06/18/03
Member Since: 03/17/03
49 lifetime posts
Just to clear some things up. Don't confuse level with overall flatness. A good method to check for overall flatness is with the use of a stringline.

Floor Prep

walkjw

01:19PM | 06/29/03
Member Since: 06/13/03
7 lifetime posts
Appreciate the "flatness" vs "level" posting. While walking on the installed wood floor, appears to sink or spring in some areas, not in all. There's also an uneveness along baseboards.
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