Why is this laminate still buckling?

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  1. Sep 3, 2018 #1

    farmerjohn1324

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    0903181422.jpg 0903181422b.jpg 0903181458.jpg There was 3 different rooms with buckling laminate. I took off the trim and there were some obvious spots where there was not enough room to allow for expansion. But even after cutting these, it still buckles.
     
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  2. Sep 4, 2018 #2

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    It expands and contracts. If it can't expand then it buckles. Follow the directions or ask in advance.
     
  3. Sep 4, 2018 #3

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    No one here was there when you installed it so I'll make some guesses and some can be wrong because I was not there.
    I can see a bunch of possible issues.
    You did remove all the 1/4 round before installing right?
    If it was installed after the floor went in the nails needed to be into the baseboard not the flooring, one nail in the flooring and it can buckel.
    Around that fire place there should have been enough gap to install a transition strip.
    Where the flooring meets the tile all I see is lots of trash left on the floor and no room for a Tee transition strip.
    When I get stuck with installing laminate you do not simple set in place and move on, you need to work it up and down getting closer to the subfloor each time, once it's flat I tap over it with a white mallet to make sure it's locked in place.
    If there's any gap stop and fix it!
    I'm seeing tools on the floor that scare me, what's the hammer and what looks like a Dremel tool for?
     
  4. Sep 6, 2018 #4

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    Was the floor flat? Doesn't need to be level but it must be flat.
    Not much of a gap between the flooring and hearth.
     

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