These spacers made installation of the flooring easier. I ordered 2 boxes not realizing that you remove them after the floor is in. I really only needed about a half a box for the size of the rooms I am doing. Even so, If you are "creative," you can get by with less. Some of the spacers are sold in "kits" that have install tools. I don't think it's really necessary. You can buy a rummer mallet and a small, flat pry bar for less. Those and a piece of scrap flooring will do the trick.
The spacers are useless against a sheet rock wall. The space from the floor to the bottom of the sheet rock allows the spacers to topple over at the slightest movement. I solved the problem by getting rid of the spacers and replacing them with solid 4" high strips of 1/4" plywood running the lengths of 2 walls. Worked perfect!
The only thing with these is if you need a 1/4 space you need to use two of them. I think most floors need that space so it is like only getting 24 of them. Order extra if needed. Other than that they are still pretty cheap.
I used the Pergo Laminate installation spacers after I started using the spacers provided by a competive mfr. The Pergo spacers were easier to use, and also more flexible for providing multiple spacing options. They also stayed in place much better than the other spacers and, as a result, held the flooring in place more securely.
We had issues keeping these from toppling over. Along walls where there were no baseboards they worked better; however, still toppled over at times. Where we had baseboards forget it, they continuously toppled over when we butted up the laminate. We finally quit using these and used some scrap wood which actually worked out better and gave us more support when using the pull bar and also helped keep the starting row of planks nice and straight.
These worked great for installing my new PERGO floor and BLACKJACK underlayment. Due to the thickness of the underlayment, i used the thin side of the spacers, and actually achieved just over 1/4" recommended space around my perimeter and floor vents.
The design has a thin side and a wide side, when used together gives you the recommended 1/4" space. So be careful if you have a large room, as you probably will need more than you think. My first install was 300SF, and i did not need to use 2 to get the 1/4" space. Once i installed a section, i had to space them out pretty far, so i had enough to use in other areas.
I would suggest buying extra to save a trip to HD, and only opening if needed, and just return them next time you're at HD. Be careful though, if you try to use them and then return, its obvious. These are so cheap, don't cheat!
The spacers were a relatively simple solution to maintain a 3/8" open space between the edge piec...
April 26, 2017
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The spacers were a relatively simple solution to maintain a 3/8" open space between the edge pieces and the wall as I installed the Pergo XP in my sunroom. Since they can be used for multiple dimensions I needed to put 2 together to achieve the proper spacing. A downside is that they could move off center a bit when being placed or when making an adjustment to the flooring planks. I quickly found that by using a couple of pieces of blue tape to hold the 2 spacers together it worked much better. Doing this upfront resulted in a more continuous process of installing the flooring.