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Old 06-07-2016, 09:18 PM   #1
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Floor molding question

I have a 1984 31' Airstream Excella trailer. I pulled out the original carpet and padding and will be installing a laminate floating floor. In the hallway near the bathroom door, there are aluminum angled brackets that the secure the wall to the floor. My question is, can I remove the brackets, install the floor and then just install a quarter round molding and secure with construction adhesive, or do I need to install the aluminum brackets back on to keep the wall secure to the floor? Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 06-07-2016, 10:45 PM   #2
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That's a tough question. There's not really a "right" way to do that. Is there a possibility that you could fasten that panel to the floor from the other side?

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The other side of the wall is the bathroom and the shower so that is not really a possibility. There are other brackets on the wall inside the rear bedroom as well on two walls. I could just put them back on and retain the strength but putting on 1/2 round molding would look more professional and finished.
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Sort of just dealt with that issue. I went with a vinyl plank tile for it's water resistance, but still installs like laminate. (full disclosure, I got a flooring guy to do the install) We had a few of those aluminum strips. What I did was leave them in place but loose the button head screws that held them down. I ended up using rivets to hold them down as they were over a frame member so wood screws would not go in. The floor then went over the Aluminum angle.
I figure you want as much structural integrity as you can get. The floor guy said not to screw the molding into the planks if possible to allow the planks to move. (Probably a very minor issue)
Test fit everything before you glue. For adhesive some of the water based stuff like power grab work well and allow you to clean up with a damp sponge.
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So when you put the vinyl planks over the aluminum, you left a small gap between the edge of the plank and the aluminum bracket. Did you then place another molding over the top to conceal the small gap left? I think that method you described would work and keep it secure so the walls can't move when towing, I am just curious as to what it looked like when you were finished.
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