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Old 04-11-2010, 01:12 PM   #1
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Hello,

I am about to start laying a bamboo floor however all of the pieces are the same length, I understand that you have to stagger and the suggestions I have been reading say that ends should be separated by about 6" but most flooring comes in random lengths. Now should I cut up a bunch of my boards and mix them in to acheive the stagger and if so what should I use to recut the end tongue/groove? I would think table saw but holding each board on end seems like a pain. Also, how random is random? should I measure and cut a couple different lengths 6", 1', 2' to go along with the "normal" 3 footers or should I not measure and literally randomly cut the boards?

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Run your 1st course of flooring. The last piece in the run will more than liekly need to be cut. Use the remaining piece to start your next course. This way the end you cut will be the starting piece and not need a tongue/groove as it will be against the wall. Just continue going using the last piece you cut as the starting board for the next row.

Does that make sense? It's harder to put into words than it is to actually do

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I'm pretty sure I get what your saying. I still have a couple days of acclimation and prep work to wrap my mind around everything though.

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All the 3 footers should be in the 'field' the only cuts you should have are at the outside walls. As mentioned above what ever you cut off at one side, use the leftover piece to start you next course.
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Thank you for the advice. I have one more question, for the cleats, do I have to use 1 1/2" or can I use 2"? I see the 2" alot but the 1 1/2" not so much.

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You can use either.

If you have a 1/2" floor that you are installing on a 3/4" subfloor your total thickness would be 1 1/4". So 1 1/2" cleats would penetrate the subfloor by a little more than 1/4". Either one works but if you penetrate the subfloor too much you do risk damaging pvc, or pex, or electrical if they are run close to the subfloor.

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All good advice so far but no one address your question on cutting.

You will want to use two tools. The table saw for your long cuts which you may need to make on the outside wall that runs paralell to the boards. And either a chopsaw, circular saw or jig saw to make your cross cuts.

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