How to lay laminate trim molding by a stone fireplace

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How to lay laminate trim molding by a stone fireplace
Laminate wood flooring can fit in areas that need special trim work. (Floor image by Einar Bog from Fotolia.com)

Adding laminate flooring in your home will not only add beauty to the project, but increase the value of your home as well. In the installation process, you often will run into places that need special trim work around them, such as a fireplace. Using a laminate trim moulding will allow you to seamlessly make the transition from the laminate flooring to the edge of the fireplace, with a polished finish.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Wood hand saw
  • Pencil
  • Section of laminate end moulding kit, 8 feet
  • Hacksaw
  • Drill
  • 1/4-inch drill bit (wood/masonry)
  • Screwdriver
  • Tube of wood glue

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the distance from the edge of the laminate flooring to the edge of the fireplace. There should be a 1 1/8-inch gap between the two edges.

  2. 2

    Cut away the laminate flooring as needed, using the wood saw, to ensure the 1 1/8-inch gap is there to insert the moulding for the transition.

  3. 3

    Measure the length of the front of the fireplace, and cut the laminate moulding and metal track to that length. Lay the metal track into the gap between the flooring and the edge of the fireplace. Hold the moulding over the track, lining up the tongue on the bottom of the moulding with the groove in the track. Slide the track as needed to get it in the proper location, so when the moulding is inserted into the track, the edge of the moulding will abut up next to the fireplace, while the lip of the moulding lays over the edge of the flooring. Mark this location of the track with the pencil, by marking a spot through each pre-drilled hole in the track onto the subfloor.

  4. 4

    Drill a 1/4-inch hole at each marked location. If the subfloor is wood, use the wood drill bit; if it is concrete, use the masonry drill bit.

  5. 5

    Place the track back in the gap. Line up the holes, insert a screw into each hole and tighten them down to the floor, holding the track in place.

  6. 6

    Run a small bead of glue down the inside of the groove of the track, and insert the tongue of the moulding down into the groove, until it is firmly seated in place.

  7. 7

    Repeat each step as needed to install a piece of moulding along the sides of the fireplace, pending your model and style of fireplace.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid touching the teeth of the saw blade as they are very sharp and can cause cuts or injuries.

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