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David Mills18/08/2009 13:44:05
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I'm about to fit parquet flooring for the first time. I know I have to glue the blocks to the floor but do I have to glue them to each other?
Can anyone help
Sparky18/08/2009 17:54:25
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Hi David
What type of Parquet tiles are these?

If so, I think you just glue the floor but, hopefully someone else who know more will comment later when they sign on.
Doug18/08/2009 21:19:29
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I can only go on what i`ve taken out, they are not glued together just to the floor, usually in the case with concrete floors with bitumen. (Sparky knows all about that )
I would imagine each block being indepentent of each other allows for expansion & contraction.
Hope this is of use.
Ron Davis19/08/2009 19:18:37
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If you have bitumen down now, get it up!, it will stain and the stain will travll through most surfaces, I ended up tiling my bath room.
You do not say what sort of flooring you will be laying it on, and how level it is,
You could contact the makers of the parquet assuming you are not planning three months in the shed making bit yourself!
Joe O 319/08/2009 20:24:33
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If you  have any makers  labels or instructions see do they recomend particular adhesives.. When you solve that i would  find the center of the room and thusget 4 quarters and mark and follow thos  lines as you lay them one quarter at a time. leave any that have to be cut til later.
Hope this  helps.
tony bevis19/08/2009 21:57:11
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Remember to leave an expantion gap round the outside of the floor under the skirting sometimes filled with cork or foam ......Tony
Delete20/08/2009 11:40:34
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50 or 60 years ago Parquet flooring was a quality produce with the wood being some decent thickness. The builders in those days used a Bitumen to set the blocks in. Today with thin strips of what I consider as fire wood Rons comment is probably very good.
Let us know how it goes
David Mills24/08/2009 15:39:59
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Thanks for the help everyone. They are the traditional look parquet approc 200*65mm. Half of the floor is ply over floorboard and hald is asphalt. As far as I can gather I need to prime the floor using stuff recomended by the adhesive manufacturer, and glue the blocks to the floor and not together.
I post a photo in a couple of months (its a big floor)
Sparky24/08/2009 16:04:26
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Look forward to seeing it Dave. Good luck
Ron Davis24/08/2009 19:35:53
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Sad I know, but I do watch DIY SOS sometimes, in a recent Sky repeat they relaid some original parquet with a white flooring adhesive. Hopefully, knowing DIY SOS it was not plaster!

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