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We had a big company do our bathroom out and to cut a long story short many problems, but having accepted cash back last year we still have this annoying problem with the bathroom floor. The titles are Aqua Step but there is no expansion gap and now in winter they are noisy and springy.

I know taking off the shirting boards and refitting would help but some of the boards are cut quite intricate and I could never do that with my skill level - angles and corners and around cupboard doors.

Are they anything I could do to create a gap like removing the sealant and cutting with a small circular saw around the edges and then fix a soffit matching the tile pattern?

Note some walls were plastered and the old skirting board left, so do not want to do much damage to the new walls!

Any suggestions please.


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are you saying the aquastep is running under the skirting and hitting the wall,that theres no expansion gap?
plus youve got a short offcut length of aquastep whichis wrong.all lengths should be longish.
is there aquabase underlay being used?is the subfloor suspended or solid
is the problem all round the room.


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releasing the skirting on two edges at right angles may cure the problem
choose the least intricate or least visible walls and remove those bits off skirting
and assuming the flooring was cut to the face off the skirting then replacing on top off the flooring may cure the problem
yes you will have a perhaps 12mm height difference but may or may not show dependant on position

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wes56 wrote:
are you saying the aquastep is running under the skirting and hitting the wall,that theres no expansion gap?
plus youve got a short offcut length of aquastep whichis wrong.all lengths should be longish.
is there aquabase underlay being used?is the subfloor suspended or solid
is the problem all round the room.


The AquaStep is butted against the skirting boards (see photo), with sealant in the small gap between the end and board.

The floor (upstairs) is normal floorboards with marine ply then the aqua base underlay, taped into position - not a great job, but I only seen it at night when the fitter was away!

I suspect the main problem was large company subcontracting out the work to a plumber who perhaps did not get enough money to empty a floor person! The plumber need help to fit the shower quadrant and splash panels.


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My tuppenceworth... there is some gapping showing in the joins so needs ripping up and starting again.

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wine~o wrote:
My tuppenceworth... there is some gapping showing in the joins so needs ripping up and starting again.

i thought it may be a pronounced "V" groove and a trick off the light as it does look really bad otherwise :lol: :lol:

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OK, thanks for all the helpful posts.

It looks like I need to remove the skirting boards and fit new ones that would allow the laminate to side under them - path of least resistance.

The current skirting board is about 18mm thick, so I would like one that is about 20+mm thick and a bit taller than the current 80mm, but I could not find any!?!

Any pointers please. :dunno:


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graham101 wrote:
OK, thanks for all the helpful posts.

It looks like I need to remove the skirting boards and fit new ones that would allow the laminate to side under them - path of least resistance.

The current skirting board is about 18mm thick, so I would like one that is about 20+mm thick and a bit taller than the current 80mm, but I could not find any!?!

Any pointers please. :dunno:


Ok, what I will say to do is a bodge but it will be the cheapest and simplest way for you that I can, so far, think of!

Take off the skirting as gently as possible and as the board was sort of (badly) aligned to the skirting you should now have an expansion gap. Make sure you have at least 15mm all round.
Use some shims to refit the skirting above the board (screw through, make certain of NO pipes or electrics).
Fill the gap on the top of the skirting with what ever the pro decorators state? Me I would silicone as its a bathroom.

Type of packers to use....maybe these?

https://www.screwfix.com/p/broadfix-assorted-plastic-shims-medium-100-pcs/99189

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So apart from your time and labour about £20 to sort out....unless im missing something???



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you say its noisy and springy. usuly lack of expansion causes sqeeks. maybe the marine ply is the worst culprit, maybe its not been properly screwed down an is expanding an lifting. remove the skirting is the way to go after carefuly cutting the paint/plaster seal loose.
then post photo



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Thanks, a job for the Spring - too near Christmas!


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I agree with Wino. I would pull it up and replace with vinyl sheeting or Karndean tiling. I never think laminate is any good in a wet area despite supposedly being waterproof. If you are having the skirtings off then you can get a really neat job.

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lake wrote:
Fill the gap on the top of the skirting with what ever the pro decorators state? Me I would silicone as its a bathroom.
I am not a pro, but all that is needed is decorator's caulk so it is paintable. Silicone won't help in any way[*] and it is difficult to find paintable silicone.

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[*] If silicone is needed because there is water running down the wall there is a much bigger problem than the skirting board getting wet.


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