Is it OK to not use tapping block?

wijodyFebruary 26, 2011

And just strike the wood on the tongue or on the edge?

Also, when trying to fit tongue/groove click flooring around a hard to get to area (against wall with doorways) is it OK to shave off the click part with a razor and then use urethane glue from a caulk gun to glue the floor together?

(this is Teragren flooring, Synergy floating strand bamboo in Java)

(My third topic recently - sorry - I just really need advice)

Thanks!

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wijody

Just to clarify, they are using a rubberized mallet when hitting the boards (though they do seem to be making slight 'delamination' type marks along the edges here and there - at least, I assume that's what the marks are from. (?)

    Bookmark   February 26, 2011 at 11:43AM
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brickeyee

The block is intended to reduce damage to the edges that will show after installation.

It is even more important with pre-finished material since there is no sanding/finishing step to possibly remove any slight damage.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2011 at 11:57AM
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wijody

Thanks - so I'm not sure if I should tell the installers I didn't appreciate them not using one? Is it standard practice for a "pro" not to use them?

    Bookmark   February 26, 2011 at 12:32PM
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glennsfc

If the manufacturer installation guideline says to use a tapping block, then they are installing your floor improperly. What does the manufacturer say?

It is fine to shave a little off the clic profile and then to glue the pieces. That is how it is done with most floating panels to secure them when encountering work arounds.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2011 at 3:42PM
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