please help-diy us cork floating floor install problems

LottieSNovember 30, 2011

Hi-I'm hoping someone on this forum can give us some needed advice. We're trying to install our US cork floor in the kitchen and having quite a difficult time. The planks do not stay "clicked together" even though we are using the official taping block. The problem may be that we do not have a solid wall on a side. Our longest floor has the range and fridge on it so there is not a solid surface to butt up against. We've put in pergo floors without a hitch. This is supposed to be easy but I've found putting in a tile floor easier than this! We called US floor and they said that the mechanism is tricky with their panels but did not give us any advice except to use a hammer rather than a rubber mallet against the taping block. We are very frustrated. Any advice is welcome!

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Best suggestion I can give is if there isn't a solid straight surface then start a true line in the middle of the room with solid pieces of your cork flooring and then continue in one direction from there. Make sure u screw them beginner prices to the sub floor so that your true line dosent move when continuing to hammer peices together. When finished one side take up ur screw down peices and continue.. """"" make sure when u screw ur beginner peices screw down off the middle of your plank to a side that will be ripped when finishing your other side"""""" so you don't waste too much material..... But it will give a perfect tight installation.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2011 at 10:34PM
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What we have done is to snap a straight chaulk line parallel to the start wall, and screw in some straight woods strips to install off of, but make sure you measure for your courses correctly so you dont end up fitting little slivers and/or have to little room to fill in later (you need room to the start wall to make your finish cuts, align them properly, and insert them into the locking mechanism - sometimes this requires special consideration, especially at doorways where you may want to undercut the molding to slip the cork under - or you can remove moldings to make it easier). This keeps the courses straight and true, plus you dont get excessive movement when tapping that pulls other sections apart.

In my opinion, whoever told you, "it's supposed to be easy", has lied to you.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2011 at 12:15PM
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Thanks everyone for taking the time to reply to me. That night after I posted I started putting the planks in against the very narrow floor between the wooden floor of the dining room and the peninsula. My DH and I attached 1/8 strips along the noncabinet walls and behold it clicked. Literally! After dancing up and down with delight after the first two rows were put in DH went to bed. I stayed up and was able to finish 2/3 of it by knelling on the finished end after I angled it in place and then tapping it in. We ended up having to order more boards and will finish after they acclimate to the room. I left a few of our "old boards" to mix in with the new. We ran short because we'd cut boards for the first round and they don't fit into the new layout. The floor that is in is sooooo soft on the feet. I love the feel of it. We are dog-sitting this weekend and will find out how the floor holds up to LouLou a very active young dog.Thanks again!!

    Bookmark   December 2, 2011 at 5:56PM
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I'm considering cork for my kitchen as well. Can you post a picture? How did you make out with the dog? I'm very worried about how cork will hold up to pets.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2011 at 12:16PM
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