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Old 03-09-2011, 07:58 PM   #1
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I am attempting to get HONEST advice on laying hardwood over original pine floors. I keep getting different answers from the professionals. Some say it doesn't matter which way the joists are running other say it does. Can someone offer advice on the following. I have old pine floors that I would like to cover with maple hardwood. Joists are running east-west and pine floor running north -south. New floors have to run opposite joists or opposite pine sub-flooring. Does the age of the floor (100+ years) have anything to do with it. Perhaps that it won't move since the house has settled? HELP!

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I am attempting to get HONEST advice on laying hardwood over original pine floors. I keep getting different answers from the professionals. Some say it doesn't matter which way the joists are running other say it does. Can someone offer advice on the following. I have old pine floors that I would like to cover with maple hardwood. Joists are running east-west and pine floor running north -south. New floors have to run opposite joists or opposite pine sub-flooring. Does the age of the floor (100+ years) have anything to do with it. Perhaps that it won't move since the house has settled? HELP!

Run the new floor in the direction that is perpendicular to the old floor....that should be strong and less sqeaky.

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HI!!!

I am new to this forum but not new to the game.. You stated in your post 100 + year old pine flooring. GOOD GOD MAN REFINISH IT!!!!! They don't make flooring like that anymore. Or hey here is an idea, I will come remove it for you free of charge and you can start fresh. But I keep all the wood.
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When in doubt run the wood diagonally.
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In one room I put the flooring down diagonally across the existing pine. The existing floor wasn't very good to begin with, and there was no subfloor.

In another room I glued and screwed 3/4" T&G plywood and installed on that.

Both floors are working well.
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