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Laying finished parquet on old floor coverings

Finished parquet elements can generally be applied without major pre-works to old carpet and PVC coverings. The condition is naturally, that the floor coverings themselves lie on a flat, dry base and show no major damage.
Laying is then done floating, so without sticking to the substrate and, of course, without touching the surrounding walls. Finished parquet elements are used here (thick boards or boards) with thicknesses from 8 mm.
They are only glued to each other in the tongue and groove and thus joined into one floor panel, floating on an old floor covering.
In order to adapt the parquet elements to the room climate, they should be loosely laid on the floor surface two days before laying.

First, any existing skirting boards at the walls are removed, and then accurately measures the surface to be lined. By comparing the dimensions of the diagonals of the floor it is established, whether the area of ​​adjacent walls is rectangular (equal diagonals) or not (different diagonals). When the outer edges of the floor surface differ significantly from the right angle, it is advisable to nail the batten to the floor as a resistance to the right angle. 3 arranging the first elements of the finished parquet. The strip can be placed at right angles to one of the walls, or at right angles to a given strip on the ground.

The retaining strips are nailed to the floor like this, so that the distance to their inner edge and wall is not greater than the width of the parquet element with the addition 15 mm for the necessary edge expansion gap.
Laying begins from the corner of the room. Parquet elements are laid with the groove to the wall. To keep the necessary minimum 15 mm distance from the wall small wedges made of hardwood are placed around the walls, which are primarily intended to prevent the parquet elements from moving during the construction of the floor.
Before embedding everyone, of the next element, a sufficient amount of glue is applied from the bottle to the lower lip of the groove on the front and longitudinal side of the parquet element.
The last element of the row is trimmed with a fox saw or a hand-held circular saw, and the remainder is used as the first piece of the second row. If the row is arranged, wooden wedges are slightly hammered to press the parquet elements.
When arrays are used (square elements), then each new series begins with the entire table. Residual elements are needed in the edge zone.
Use caution when embedding elements “balanced” hammer blows, so that the boards or boards already placed are not separated. The elements press into a tight gap, and when using tables, one should be careful, so that there is no displacement. Maintain an edge expansion joint on all adjacent building elements (at least 15 mm).
In order to make a groove for the heating pipes, a piece of a board or a board is clipped in. The openings here also have to be that big, so that the distance could be kept 15 mm for pipes. After placing the element, the cut out piece is covered with glue and carefully pressed.
The elements of the finished parquet of the last row must be cut to the distance to the wall. They are coated with glue, just like all the other items, with wooden wedges he presses against the tight gap and sticks.
After the adhesive has hardened, all edge fixings are removed. You can then start fixing the skirting boards to the surrounding walls. If the expansion joint is not completely covered, appropriate closing strips should be used. In the area of ​​door frames, built-in wardrobes etc.. The expansion joint is filled with putty.