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7 Steps To Follow When Installing Laminate Flooring Around Pipes, Pillars And Posts

Take the time to finish important details when installing laminate flooring around pipes, pillars and posts. Very often during laminate floor installation people get upset when facing necessary trimming. But don’t worry, installing laminate flooring around pipes, pillars & posts is easy if you know the basic rules to follow. With proper tools and patience you can finish your flooring project like a pro.

All you have to do is follow these seven steps when installing laminate flooring around pipes, pillars and posts:

Step 1:

Measure the diameter of the obstacle (pipe, pillar, post etc).

Step 2:

Measure the distance from the edge of the laminate panel to be installed to the obstacle, so you know where you have to drill the hole.

Step 3:

Drill a hole in the laminate floor panel 5/8″ larger in diameter than the obstacle. Be sure to keep correct distance from the edge of the panel- see point 2.

Step 4:

Cut the laminate plank for installation- you should create two laminate pieces to wrap them around pipe or other obstacle. If the hole is near the edge of the panel, cut the panel at  45°angle to both sides of the hole. If the hole is near the center of the panel, cut perpendicular to the long edge going directly through the middle of the hole.

Step 5:

Separate two laminate plank pieces allowing laminate installation around pipe, pillar or post.

Step 6:

Apply a liberal amount of adhesive to the cut laminate pieces and install them into place.

Step 7:

Tighten with hands or a pull bar and wipe away adhesive with a clean, damp cloth.

Remember, you still must maintain the 5/16″ expansion gap around all these obstacles. And never, ever use caulk to hide your mistakes.
Kiawah Flyway Oceanfront Photo by Island Architects
Kiawah Flyway Oceanfront Photo by Island Architects

Have you installed laminate flooring around pipes, pillars, or posts? Share your process with us in the comments below!

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