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Old 11-30-2011, 06:56 AM   #1
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Hardwood flooring installation - Should these planks not be installed?


I have a new addition built and the contractor is working on installing the hardwood flooring now. They were using the "Bruce Oak Marsh" 2 1/4" width planks. I checked their work last night and found out that they installed some of those planks with black strains.

As shown in the photo attached. Those planks with black strains are circled. Shouldn't these planks be thrown out and not installed? Or is it just normal like most regular flooring installer would do?

I do not really have that much preference over what style/grain my flooring would be. My concern is how others view upon it. For example, if you come to my house and see this, what do you think?

Do you: 1) Oh, Gosh! Somebody messed up big time there!
2) Whow that is beautiful oak hardwoof flooring with all those natural grains and black strains. How lovely!
3) The floor looks OK. What black strains? I didn't notice any.

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That's just the "beauty" is real wood, Unless you paid extra and bought select grade flooring there's going to be some flaws. Peope pay big bucks now for recycled wood fill of old rust stains, old nail holes ect.
There's no reason if that's not the look your going for that the installers can not cull the boards and use them in lets say a closet so they do not go to waist.
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. Peope pay big bucks now for recycled wood fill of old rust stains, old nail holes ect..
That - I could never understand.
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I see absolutely nothing wrong with that flooring. You have to understand you are dealing with a natural product and the beauty of natural products is the variables. If you think the product is damaged then maybe carpet would have been the better choice for your application.

It is impossible to create samples that would demonstrate absolutely every aspect of what the entire order could look like when using natural products.

If your installer were to have culled all the pieces with that black-look in them then he may have come up short and you would have had a bunch of culls that couldn't be used. Then you would have both been pissed.

I would be more concerned about what appears to be the lack of an expansion gap at the wall.
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I see absolutely nothing wrong with that flooring. You have to understand you are dealing with a natural product and the beauty of natural products is the variables. If you think the product is damaged then maybe carpet would have been the better choice for your application.

It is impossible to create samples that would demonstrate absolutely every aspect of what the entire order could look like when using natural products.

If your installer were to have culled all the pieces with that black-look in them then he may have come up short and you would have had a bunch of culls that couldn't be used. Then you would have both been pissed.

I would be more concerned about what appears to be the lack of an expansion gap at the wall.
And lack of cleanliness on top of the paper...
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Looks fine to me to. Unless you paid for select that's what it's going to look like.
There does need to be an expantion gap though as suggested.
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And lack of cleanliness on top of the paper...
Nawh! Don't worry about that. Those crunchies will go away after a few years.

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