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dedecv3 11-29-2006 02:21 PM

HELP - Gaps in Parquet Flooring
I am installing tongue & Groove Parquet flooring. I started in my dining room, chalked my lines and the install went perfect. Then i started the transition into my kitchen from the dining room and I am running into some big problems. Rather than start from the center in kitchen i just went across the floor from where i transitioned in from my Dining room. As I am going across the room I am getting gaps. The only thing i can figure is that I am not square somehow. I have laid 8 vertical rows of 9 tiles wide....72 total square feet. The gaps are getting larger as i almost 1/4 of an inch. My question is this:

Should i tear it all up and start over or is there a filler i can use for the gaps that wont look bad?? The material is a natural Oak and is prefinished. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Jim McClain 12-02-2006 02:10 PM

Unfortunately, the best advice is to tear out the 72sf and begin again, making sure you are absolutely square. If the 2 rooms are not square to each other, you may want to do a transition strip that separates the 2 rooms and allows you to straighten out the kitchen layout. In some cases, using a matching plank material and finish, it will look good. If this can't be done in an aesthetically pleasing manner, perhaps there is something else that can be done. More information would be required to gain a better perspective and more options offered by the members.



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