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Old 05-12-2013, 03:06 PM   #1
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I bought a house where the previous owner had hardwood floor installed in the dinning room, but not in the living room where there is still carpet
I thought it would be relatively easy to remove the carpet and continue the installation, but i realized the planks were laid down with the groove facing the carpeted area....
Meaning i can't simply continue the installation from the dinning room, since the tongue where the nails are going won't be oriented toward the living room
What are my options? does that mean i will have to put a threshold bar in between?

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Find a local floor store and have them order slip tounges (spines). The spines go in the grove and then you will be able to install the new wood. If you can't find splines you can make your own with a table saw. Cut the thickness first then the width to fit the boards together.

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I found in the basement 1 roll (left over I guess) of pink paper
So I assume this is what was put underneath the hardwood in the dinning room (Bruce #76336 - 3 1/4" x 1/4") as underlayment
Is this a good choice, or should I go for some roofing felt (15lbs or 30lbs)?
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Sounds like rosin paper. I guess that's fine if you're not concerned about moisture. I liked using Aquabar underlayment. The water resistance of roofing felt without the mess and weight.

Splines turn a groove into a tongue. Just wood glue them in (some like to use finish nails, too). A flooring store or mill should have them. Much cheaper from the mill - I paid $1 for 3 ft spline lengths. Dunno what a flooring store would charge, but as a price comparison a flooring store wanted $40 for a hardwood reducer for which the mill charged $7.50. I just made my own out of disgust.
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