Laying Floor Laminate

Tools

Cutting knife. One of the various handyman’s knives, fitted with a special laminate-cutting blade, is best used to score deep lines into the laminate surface. A piece of steel file, sharpened to a point, is also an effective cutting tool.

Laminate cutter. A tungsten-tipped tool which can also be used to cut deep lines in the laminate.

Fine-toothed tenon saw or veneer saw. These are useful for small jobs that do not involve too much cutting. Any large amount of work will blunt the teeth of the saw.

Special cutters. There are purpose-designed hand tools, one popular one resembling a pair of scissors, designed for cutting laminates.

Power tools. A jig saw, either an attachment to a power drill or an integrated unit, can be used to cut laminate. This is particularly useful for cutting out shapes or circles. Carborundum discs attached to power drills require care in use for cutting laminate.

Another attachment is a combined milling cutter and laminate edge trimmer. This has a base platform to enable it to run accurately along the surface.

Notched spreader. This is used to distribute adhesive over the surface to be laminated. The teeth or notches produce ridges which give grip evenly over the surface.

Preparation

Before cutting your laminate, plan the layout to ensure the minimum of wastage. Measure carefully before cutting, double checking always. Lay the sheet, decorative side upwards, on to a flat surface, such as a large table or the floor. Allow 3mm oversize for trimming. To mark out rectangular shapes, use a pencil and a steel rule or a piece of straight timber at least 6mm thick.

Measure round the shape to be cut, allowing the extra 3mm all round to allow for trimming. A try-square, used with a straight edge, will enable you to mark accurate right angles.

For irregular shapes use a template. The best one, if possible, is the surface which is to be faced. Place the template right way up on the facing laminate. If marking the backing laminate place the template upside down.

It is best to use the surface to be laminated as a template but if this is not possible make an accurate template of a rigid material such as stiff card. A paper template can be used but this is best fixed to the surface with adhesive tape and the outline transferred on to the surface.

A felt-tipped pen can be used for marking. Where a template is used for a lining laminate, mark the shape on the back of the sheet.

10. November 2011 by admin
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