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Old 08-19-2011, 11:19 PM   #1
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This is my first time installing a hardwood floor (I've done laminate). One thing I am not clear on is going through doorways. I am doing living room, hallway, and 3 bedrooms. How do I continue into the bedrooms?

What I mean is, when I lay the last row in the hallway, do I continue through the door openings with the boards facing the same direction or should I stop and start from the far wall in the bedroom? And the bedroom at the end of the hallway, should I cut the boards in the doorway and run them in the bedroom 90 degrees to the hallway?


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Be more specific...Are you referring to the pattern, or cutting, or what?

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Thanks I figured it out from reading different articles.
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There you go--I'll bet that article told you about 'splines' that allow you to reverse the nailing directions.
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You're exactly right, the only problem is the flooring store where we purchased the hardwood doesn't have the splines. In fact the saleslady had no idea what I was talking about. After making some phone calls, she said the installers cut their own. Do you guys make them yourselves or buy them? Do they come in different sizes? Thanks
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Both---Menards has splines in packs of four---However they didn't fit the Bruce groove(to fat) so I made my own.

Typically the hardwood distributor has ones to fit---If not---table saw time.
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Do they have to be hardwood?
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Yes,but not necessarily oak--Maple-- cherry--poplar---whatever good strong wood you have.
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Success!!! I've found the splines in Home Depot, they call them "Slip tongue" and they are 4' long made out of oak. Didn't have a chance to try for fit yet.
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I like to cut back the tar paper under the boards that are to be splined and glue them to the sub floor with PL premium---saves you from face nailing the boards,
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That's a good tip. Is the tar paper used to prevent squeaks or block moisture? Since I have a finished basement, do I still need this underlay?
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Tar paper , or felt as we call it is a moisture retarder , not a barrier . it does help with squeaks. Yes you still need the felt . roll it out to the length you need and flip it , it will lay flat for you . I use Aqua bar B myself , they cost about the same now that felt doubled in price.

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I'm not a wood flooring expert, but we've always double layered the roofing felt and it worked out great. One layer East-West One layer North-SouthNo squeaks and quieter in general, imo.

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