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Cutting laminate flooring

Laminate flooring often requires cutting to fit around obstacles within the room. Bathroms often have water and waste pipes where as living rooms, dining rooms and hallways often have central heating pipes that have to be considered.

Cutting laminate flooring

Fitting instructions may vary, check the manufacturers instructions carefully before commencing installation.

cut door architraves Cut the bottom off any door architraves to allow the board to slide under them. To get the correct height place a board face down against the architrave and saw the bottom piece off. Be careful not to cut into the door casing.
Mark out for pipes When coming across a pipe or similar, mark the face of the board either side of the pipe. Take a measure from the wall to the front of the pipe (furthest from wall) and transfer the measurement to the board.
Secure ready for cutting Secure the board using a workbench or other suitable clamping arrangement.
Mark for drill position Measure the width of the marked area, then select the appropriate size drill or holesaw. Measure from the end of the marked area, a distance equal to half the width of the drill size. (e.g. 20mm holesaw divided by 2 = 10mm)
Mark for drill position Measure the width of the marked area and divide by 2 to find the centre. Mark the board on top of the previous measured mark to form a cross, which identifies the drilling centre.
Drill hole Place the drill tip on the marked cross.
Hole drilled Cut a hole using a drill or suitable holesaw.
Cut slot Cut two slots along the marked lines, remember if using a hand saw cut with the face side up, if using a jigsaw transfer the lines to the bottom and cut with the face side down.
Slot cut When the sides are cut keep the piece that you have just cut out as this will be used later.
Fit laminate round pipe Slide the board in to position.
Fit insert Take the piece previously cut out, this should fit at the back of the pipe between the pipe and the wall.
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