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Old 01-20-2008, 03:07 PM   #1
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A few hardwood questions

Hello everyone. I will be laying my own hardwood floors in a house I am building, and have a few questions. All I know so far is that it will be solid 3/4" prefinished.

1. Nails or staples? Is there even a choice for 3/4"? (The reason I ask is so I know which type of gun to buy.)

2.Any reccomendations on brands? I really like handscraped/distressed, and would like to keep it $10 sq/ft or under, but I don't want junk.

3. Anybody have any experience buying off the internet? For example, my local flooring store has BR111 for $14sq/ft. Lowes has it for $12. I've found it on internet sites for $9. Should I be worried that these internet dealers are selling seconds?

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Old 01-20-2008, 07:28 PM   #2
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First, staples are your best bet with MOST hardwoods but not all. If you are looking at BR-111, then you are most likely looking at Brazilian woods which go down better with staples. I would stick with a Bostich gun.

Regarding brands, BR111 is failrly good, but for distressed that are several others. Have you looked at Virginia Vintage by Anderson or LM? There is actually a ton of them I could give you based on experience. Let me know if you want more and what wood or woods that you are looking at.

Regarding online vs a brick and mortar, let me give you the scoop. If it is a main brand like BR 111 and you are buying a certain sku number that you saw at a brick and mortar, you are probably in good shape. Buying online you really need to be on your game as if you order too much, you have a large restocking fee, if you order too little, you have another delivery fee.

If it is not a major brand that you have seen at a brick and mortar, then I would not suggest online. Try to negoitiate with your local store (not a big box like Lowes). Remember with a brick and mortar, you get a lot more assistance than you will with an online retailer.

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Old 01-25-2008, 05:18 PM   #3
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A few hardwood questions

Thanks for your help mpeterson, very good information. I have looked at anderson flooring, and I really like the look of some of their floors. I really like walnut though, and I don't think anderson makes a 3/4" floor in that species. The ideal floor would be a walnut with the worn look that some of the biltmore estates floors have. I know the floor will get scratched eventually, so I'm looking for something that the scratches won't stick out as much.
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Old 01-26-2008, 05:13 AM   #4
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Staples in a 3/4 wood floor.

sounds tough, especially if a hard Braz cherry or Braz Walnut
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Old 01-27-2008, 04:47 PM   #5
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Ask, no demand, to see a couple of finished floors before purchasing . The beautiful sample board or small patch on the showroom floor is NOT representive of the variation is color that is going to be in the boxes.The color variation in BR111 Brazilian Cherry that I have seen is horrible. If you use this product, buy at least two boxes more than they estimate. I advise you to have the installer open several boxes and spread them for you. Show him the kinds of discolored grain and strips that you expect him to cull, better yet, be home and make those decisions for yourself. They don't care; their goal is to get it down as quickly as possible, and their answer for everything is " That is the way it comes from the factory".
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Old 01-28-2008, 05:49 AM   #6
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Unless you have a very large amount of flooring to work, you might consider renting a stapler. The best price I could find locally was at a tool sales shop. $100 per week, Bostitch...for me it made more sense to rent. Good luck...it's a LOT of hard work...but it's also a load of fun.

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