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Offline bevans

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Cutting solid core vinyl flooring
« on: August 01, 2017, 08:59 AM »
I have a family room that is about 350 square feet, roughly 32 packages of planks to lay down. Has anyone used a miter saw to cut planks that are about 4 mm thick? The planks click together like wood flooring. I am a little worried to use my kapex for a couple reasons but wonder if it would work with the fine tooth blade. It can be cut by scoring and snapping but would be easier with a saw. Advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Offline Getmaverick

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Re: Cutting solid core vinyl flooring
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2017, 02:59 PM »
Your Kapex will do just fine. No special blade needed.

Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Cutting solid core vinyl flooring
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2017, 06:49 PM »
Works just fine. I did a few hundred square feet in a basement a few months ago.


Offline bevans

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Re: Cutting solid core vinyl flooring
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2017, 08:52 PM »
Thanks, appreciate the responses. Will give it a go.

Offline RDMuller

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Re: Cutting solid core vinyl flooring
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2017, 09:12 PM »
I am going to change the thrust of this message a little.  Looks like the Kapex handles it fine with the standard blade.

 For those of you who have not seen this relatively new product -- referred to by some as "vinyl planks" -- how is it working out for the homeowner?  It looks like a great product for basements.  Some of the vinyl is 1/4 inch or so thick, others much thinner.  I have seen some product with cork on back to create a give softer walk.   There were a number of vendors showing it at the week-long homeshow  last winter.  The vinyl quality ranged  from "good" on cheaper product to "approaching great" on some of the more expensive product.  Range in price if I recall was as cheap as $1 per sq ft up to $4 for the better ones.

Carpet and wood are lousy products on basement floors.  There is no doubt you are gong to have a flood problem, just a matter of when.  High water tables, broken sumps, frozen discharge pipes and in one case for  me a broken garden hose and another case a plugged gutter causing a window well to flood during a horrendous downpour. 

Cleanup after flood.  Talking to people who had experience with this product coming through the booths ranged from --- suck up the water, mop it, and leave it and the water underneath went down into the concrete  under the floor with no long term smell, musty problems. 

Ran into one person who said the actually took the floor apart in the flooded area and dried things out and then reinstalled.   The thicker products look like they would actually work very well doing this.  That seems like a lot of work, but entirely feasible.

Does anyone have any experience with "vinyl" blanks that contain no wood product that they could share?

Offline neth27

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Re: Cutting solid core vinyl flooring
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2017, 05:59 AM »
I have this stuff down in my house, it's pretty common in the uk. They do a stick down version and a click type.
Before that I had Amtico which is the same thing


Offline Distinctive Interiors

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Re: Cutting solid core vinyl flooring
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2017, 06:49 AM »
I fit a lot of this

It comes in various colours & formats from wood plank effect to tile effect. I've been fitting it for years since it first became available in the UK and I have never had a single customer come back to me with a complaint of any kind.

Its made in Belgium.