Tip of the Week #007
May 3, 2012
by Ron Call, your Urbanfloor guy
If you have decided to tackle your own flooring installation be sure and read up on the subject and watch my videos. An otherwise perfect installation of the floor can be overshadowed by sloppy trim installation. Transition moldings and base boards will make or break the final look of any job.
Transitions can be tricky especially when working with a concrete sub floor where nailing them down is not an option. Most installers will use a good construction adhesive and blue painters tape to secure them in place while the adhesive cures. When installing multiple pieces for example at a tile or stone transition where there are angles, like a fireplace or tile entry way the installer often finds the next day after the adhesive has cured that the pieces have shifted and have become misaligned or there are now gaps.
This often necessitates buying new moldings and starting over as removal at this point almost always results in breakage. This is often caused by some one stepping on them before the adhesive has had time to fully cure or the trim piece was slightly bowed and lifted up off the floor and the tape could not hold it.
A simple method to prevent this is to purchase a $20.00 hot melt glue gun from your local hardware store. When applying your construction adhesive leave a small area on both ends of each piece and a small spot in the middle of the channel where the glue is to be applied. This is where you will place dollops of thermal plastic glue.
Apply the construction adhesive first, making sure your molding is cut properly. (Dry fit first) Then quickly place the hot melt glue in the three spots where there is no construction adhesive. Quickly place the molding in place and hold in securely for about three minutes while the thermal plastic glue sets up.
The thermal plastic glue will hold the molding in place until the construction adhesive has had time to cure. No need for blue tape and your job is complete and your molding look like they where done by a pro. Now go enjoy your new floor.