How to undercut a door frame - Tutorial

http://flawlessflooringuk.com - In this video, David White of Flawless Flooring demonstrates how to undercut a door frame ready for laying a new floor.

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Автор Jan Davis ( назад)
If you have a click and drop type flooring it wont work with this idea.
This is because the whole row has to be set in place at an angle and
dropped, so when you get to the door you cant side it underneath. I have
resorted to cutting around the frame as best I can, and use flexi filler
around the edges. It doesnt look great, but I had no other choice.

Brilliant! Thanks for the advice 😀

Автор Felipe Covarrubias ( назад)

Автор Sajid Rafique ( назад)
Is the door jamb supporting the weight of the ceiling in some small way ?
Does cutting the jmb compromise the safety of the structure ?

Автор Helena Howard (612 года назад)
brilliant thank you

Автор Eve McClellan ( назад)

Автор Quick2000 ( назад)
undercutting is no problem but you did not explain how you can join the
pieces at an angle and snap them down into place as with the rest of the
room. Because if it needs to be under the trim at the doorway there is no
way to place the pieces together at an angle and still get the piece
underneath the door trim.

Автор Eudaimonia cat ( назад)

Автор Kerrie Seymour ( назад)
thank you for sharing this looks great! :-)

Автор ByBike ( назад)
Great job! Thanks.

Автор cosycampbell ( назад)
Thanks man. This will help a lot! 

Автор Ben curry ( назад)
Best video yet,Thanks very much :)

Автор Tormod Smith ( назад)
helpful , i was going to buy a jigsaw as well

Автор Kevin Chapman ( назад)
mine was a better cut, just saying....

Автор Andrew Lawlor ( назад)
Not sure why I didn't think of this. I made a big mess using a power tool.

Автор jaco jager ( назад)
Thank you so much for this tip. I used it yesterday on an installation and
the client was amazed with the finish.

Автор John Deyoung ( назад)
great video

Автор Luojie Hu ( назад)
This will be my first time to lay laminate flooring.
So I kept looking at the door sections, and thinking that's going to be a
real headache.
Thank you so much for this, I had never thought about cutting the frame
away. Now I feel much more confident. Great video tip...

Автор jay sarkar ( назад)
thanks its helps

Автор David White ( назад)
A big thanks to everyone who has left comments lately. I hope you got the
results you were after. D.

Автор swimmingmintinyoutub ( назад)
Hello David, Thanks for sharing this great video! just a question though if
you dont mind, Could you tell me what flooring you used in this video? I
hear it's engineered one but what brand is it and where it's from? I just
love the look of it and have to have it :) THANK YOU

Автор gherkamum ( назад)
Excellent video, thanks a bunch!!

Автор Dave Smith ( назад)
Tomorrow I'll be using this.

Автор juday won ( назад)
Great tip, thanks very much, I'll be using it today.

Автор Kevin Sargent ( назад)
Really helpful stuff, thanks David!

Автор barclyde1 ( назад)
Thanks that was great... much appreciated.

Автор Konely King ( назад)
You have good control of that handsaw but you've mad too much clearance,
it doesn't look good.

Автор Louisa Mosi ( назад)
Hello David, I have sent my email address through your contact page on your

Автор David White ( назад)
Louisa..If you click on the link to my website from the tutorial and send
me your email address via my contacts page, ill get right back to
you....I'd just rather not post my direct details on here for obvious

Автор Louisa Mosi ( назад)
Ok David. Please send your email so I can upload the photos.

Автор David White ( назад)
Ha... thanks Louisa... To be honest I don't know if it can be rectified
retrospectively - it's actually easier to the job well to start with. If
you want to e-mail me a photo or two i might be able to make some
suggestion on how to tidy it up.

Автор Louisa Mosi ( назад)
Your the best David. I wish I saw this earlier. Our trades man did a shoddy
cut on the door frame to lay floor tiles in the hallway. If you look
closely at the door frame at the bottom you can see the unrefined cut wood
and the space inbetween was covered with chalk. A mess! How do I tidy this.
Help please.

Автор David White ( назад)
Hmmmm. I guess the only option would be to cut as much of the frame with a
wood saw and then remove your piece of flooring and finish with a hack saw
or just the blade...Not an easy one...but shouldn't take too long. Lets
hope all your doors aren't like this....

Автор sean graver ( назад)
hi david..my house has numerous nails driven in at an angle that would
blunt your saw or anything that would normally cut through wood..is there
any other way..im looking at a metal blade that would cut through nails too
..if so can you recommend anything ?? thank you sean 

Автор David White ( назад)
I agree. However, I'm trying to demonstrate that a professional finish can
be obtained without spending a fortune on power tools - just using the
tools that most people will have around the house. Of course, if you want a
super tight fit, it is possible to follow the tutorial but make your saw
cut without the underlay in place. However, the purpose of the undercut is
to maximise the space for expansion and the tighter the fit the less room
for manoeuvre there will be.

Автор supersesqui ( назад)
Looks to me like there was way to much space there. Using a slimmer blade
saw or a bosch oscillating saw will give a much tighter and better looking

Автор David White ( назад)
I don't see why you can't fit tiles this way...I think the amount of space
you leave for adhesive will just be down to trial and error. I would be
tempted to fit a piece of tile to a piece of board and then measure the
thickness of the tile and adhesive together to give you an accurate
starting point. As for clearance, i think the closer you can get the tile
to the frame - the better it will look. Luckily with a tile you don't need
to allow for expansion.

Автор David White ( назад)
Hi. The undercut technique will work with pretty much anything. As
mentioned earlier though, you may just have to practice with a piece first
to see what the board will allow you to do.... You might find clicking the
board into place to one side is helpful and then just tap it under the door
frame using a hammer and block (never hit the edge of the board directly -
you'll just destroy it). Or sometimes you can remove part of the click
joint if it helps...then compensate with a spot of glue. 

Автор OTC ( назад)
David, good job on this floor...like the color and it looks pretty

Автор David White ( назад)
Yes, it can still be done - though how easy depends on the brand of
laminate, some joint systems are more flexible than others. You might fine
you need to make a dummy run with the piece you are fitting to see what
works best for you. 

Автор michael newton ( назад)
Does this still work with laminate flooring that has to be tilted at a 45
degree angle to fix together? Great video by the way!

Автор bobdabuildaman ( назад)
Just be wary of nails from the footplate into the frame as is often present
in new build houses with chipboard floating floors. These can really bugger
up your saw and is where a multitool with a metal cutting blade is useful.

Автор NedKelly ( назад)
That i do understand but i just layed tiles on the kitchern floor and i
continued into the hallway and into the pantre floor which has two full
size doors. So i tryed to tile around the bottom of the door frames with a
grinder but it took me a long time and it's not perfect. Can i cut the
frame as you show in your video for tiles to go underneath? As i have layed
them on top of cement sheetting and if i can how do i allow for the
adhesive and how much clearance do i leave on top of tiles?

Автор Neil Grant ( назад)
It did help - I had to chisel a few bits of wood out but it did work out,

Автор David White ( назад)
Yes. Simply repeat the process in the tutorial using your laminate flooring
to determine the height of the cut and just saw half way through the door
frame rather than all the way around. It's hard to see on the video but cut
up to the door stop. This is the piece of timber around the frame that the
door closes against and then just slide your flooring into position as
demonstrated. Hope this helps.

Автор Neil Grant ( назад)
Thanks very much for this, very useful and I'm going to give it a go when I
lay my laminate floor in the hallway. One question though: if the laminate
floor is to stop at the door threshold, is there anyway to undercut just
the laminate floor side of the door, or do I have to cut the lot off?
Thanks in advance.

Автор David White ( назад)
Hi, this tutorial was shot a while a go, so I don't recall, but the chance
are I used the same handsaw - I tend not to used jig saws to cut the
flooring as the foot plate on the saw can sometimes mark the surface of the
flooring. Hope that helps?

Автор Mike RC ( назад)
Fab video ! Answered all my questions :-) keep up the good work

Автор joeshaft ( назад)
great job! get some more videos done. clear and simple advice that
obviously works

Автор steamsearcher ( назад)
Lovely video and using a cheap handsaw when you hit a nail it is not the
end of the world. Also when it comes to someone repainting the door frame
just slide under a piece of card and the floor is protected. Lovely.

Автор David White ( назад)

Автор David White ( назад)
My pleasure. 

Автор Ifeyini O ( назад)
Love it! Thanks for sharing! 

Автор David White ( назад)
Thank you for your comments. I tend to agree. I have met plenty of
tradesmen over the years who have a van full of great tools and absolutely
no idea how to use them. I use a hand saw because, in my opinion, of all
the tools I've used it gives a great cut, it's easy to use and I am
confident i will get the result I need. Oh and it's cheap to buy. Keep
watching. David

Автор smilexa ( назад)
i don't kno why people allays have something to say about videos if i don't
know how to do something youtube can help but when i see all the comments
is like i use a chainsaw well im using a saw i don't think it matters as
long as you know what you doing and at the end of the day the customer says
thanks great job that's all it matters great job and thaks for the video im
sure someone will comment on my post 

Автор David White ( назад)
I know a few guys who use s Dremel, though I've never felt comfortable with
them. I guess ultimately, professionalism comes from an attitude and isn't
about what tools you have.

Автор sorman ( назад)
my advice is get a DREMEL and then you'll look more professional!!

Автор tomsacadden ( назад)
nah!,it's a great wee tool and so easy to use,must be one on you tube
somewhere. keep up the good work and be lucky,.

Автор David White ( назад)
That's not something I've heard of. Though it sound pretty vicious -
probably take your leg off if you're not careful. I'll see if i can find
one. Thanks for the advice.

Автор tomsacadden ( назад)
I do that in seconds with my alligator saw,one of the best all round tools
in my box.

Автор David White ( назад)
Hi, it was a good point. Unfortunately, I'm not very good in front of the
camera and probably suffer from a bit of stage fright so forget to mention
loads of stuff. Glad you like the videos, I'll keep adding. Regards.

Автор David White ( назад)
Hello. For the purposes of the demonstration I only filmed one side of the
door. In this video I slid the board into place (right to left) to make the
point. On the opposite side the board can be slid in from front to back if
you have no room. Alternatively, if you place a shorter board in position
until you have cut the board for the other side, remove the shorter one,
slide the other board in and then slot the shorter one back in - like
working backwards, but you'll still get a perfect finish.

Автор David White ( назад)
Hi, yes, you are absolutely right. However the door frame in this property
is fixed directly into the stud work and will not drop. I think before
making an under-cut you need to assess each door on its own merit and cut
accordingly. In some of the older properties around Scotland I only take
out a third of the frame to ensure the door's weight is being carried but
then they are much larger and heavier doors, but thanks for raising your

Автор mmid2 ( назад)
Great video. Can you help with some extra info... How do you do the other
side of the door if you slid that piece in sideways. (surely you can slide
the other piece in because that last piece would be in the way) I'm

Автор Bob Loblaw ( назад)
If you want to be lazy you can buy a dremel multi tool like I did. It's a
bit pricey but you can find cheaper versons for around $30 that work just
as good.

Автор Vickie Sublett ( назад)
Beautiful work! Thanks for the instructions. That helps me a lot. 

Автор Isaac Benjamin ( назад)
@flawlessflooringuk I did try it and it came out perfect. thanks again for
that simple trick. :)

Автор David White ( назад)
@loganwolfpack Thanks. Have you tried it for yourself yet and how did you
get on?

Автор Isaac Benjamin ( назад)
wow thanks alot, very easy and very simple explaination. no mumbo jumbo
just straight to the point. thank you sir.

Автор David White ( назад)
@ohdrdrdr Hi, yes there was a door but it was removed and shortened
earlier. There wasn't a door bar on this door as I was taking the flooring
straight through into the hall area. I will be covering door bars in
another tutorial. Thanks for watching.

Автор Adam Colley ( назад)
That looked to me like a floating floor on concrete? Were the planks Glued
together? Thanks for the info Good video!

Автор David White ( назад)
Thanks. It is actually very easy to do. Any problems, you have my e-mail.

Автор Hashim Salim ( назад)
Similar to the previous comments, this was an exciting tutorial and I'm
looking forward in applying your techniques. Hopefully, I won't need to
replace the door frame!

Автор David White ( назад)
Thank you for your kind words, I'm glad you found it helpful. I've tried to
send a response to your question but haven't got enough characters to give
you all the options. If you would like a detailed answer on how to do this
properly, please email me at flawlessflooringuk@hotmail.com and I can
answer your question more accurately. Regards David White

Автор Carl Jones ( назад)
That was brilliant ! ! Gonna give that a go. Made a right hash of our
hallway. How would you go upto the stairs in a hallway the bottom step?
(Stairs carpeted)

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