Flooring and Carpeting/creating a joint on a 15/4 mm engineered floor
I hope you can help me. I just aquired about 2000 ft2 of reclaimed engineered flooring. The tongue and grooves on the long sides are intact and fine. Many of the pieces are missing tongue and/or groove on the ends. Do I need to join them? or will the long sides keep them in place. Would you use a router and buy splines? a biscuit joiner?
I was planning on installing as a floating floor. What do you recommend?
Thanks for your help
Yes you must join them or the flexing and movement will cause squeaking, creaking and noise. I don't suppose you have the name of the manufacture? If you do you can contact them and inquire as to the specific bits / size to purchase and use.
A Biscuit joiner will work but I have never used one due to the thin style of biscuit and the lack of 100% coverage.
And this video as well
If you have to improvise and go freestyle purchase a suitable (cheap works too) router table, router and bit make the grooves yourself and add splines. Glue the splines in place as you go with Titebond II available at the big brand hardware stores. Clean up any excess that squeezes out with a damp cloth and fresh water. Any haze that forms after the install is dry can be removed with a non scratching blue scotch brite pad.
Once you get the router set up make sure you don't change the setting so all the butt ends are the same and they will all be level to each other. Make sure the spline fits snug so there is no up or down movement in the joined pieces.
Hope it all goes well , feel free to call again