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Old 03-20-2012, 06:18 PM   #1
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I'm nailing down new bamboo flooring on the main floor of our 60 year old house. The great room / kitchen / main hallway is done, with the run staying true the entire length. I squared up the walls a few months ago, and that made a huge difference there. Now I've turned the corner and am into the 6' long hallway that has 4 doorways off of it into the bedrooms / bathroom.



The hardwood is running parallel with the length of the hallway, and I have found that the left hand side wall is out of square by a bit, but the doorway is out by 1" over the 30" opening. I put my transition piece into the door jamb, and then when I ran my full length board to see what size I'd have to cut to fit in between the full width board and my transition, I noticed I went from 1 1/2" on the living room side to a hair over 1/2" over the 30" opening. That is WAY too far out of whack, and I believe it's going to be quite obvious.

Does anybody have a clue what to do in a situation like this???

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A photo would help---Bamboo? A wider transition would help hide that,but that is not possible with bamboo--

Need a picture to offer a suggestion--Mike---

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Not a problem, sorry I didn't think of that other than my diagram.

Here's the view into the door opening:



Here's a view down the hallway a bit, although I haven't cut a full-length piece into place:



The bamboo boards are about 6" wide, while my transition piece that I cut is around 2 3/4" wide. I have a few thoughts on what to do, but definitely don't want to go about moving more walls!!! The transition piece isn't permanently in place, so it's not necessary to stay, although that is the size used elsewhere. I plan to rough lay out the hallway in the morning to get a feel of the hallway, and can add more pics tomorrow if that will help...
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I think that it would be acceptable if you make a wider transition--trapezoid shaped----

What else can you do--a narrow wedge will look like a mistake---
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My first thought was the same as your's, but just use a single piece, which hopefully wouldn't distract as much as multiple pieces.

The other was to change direction once I got to the hallway, but that seemed a bit odd, and I'd have to guarantee that I wouldn't run into the same issue in the other direction.

The only other thought was to tweak the direction back before this hallway starts with some slight shimming, but again, that doesn't seem helpful unless when I rough lay the boards tomorrow, they are crooked looking down the hallway and that would make the hallway seem straight.

Thanks for the input.

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Just do as Mike suggested and it should be fine.
Did you try and install the rest of this flooring with the baseboards off?

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