Hi. This will be a BEAUTIFUL floor, but be careful to take certain precautions:
1. First and foremost, make sure the moisture level in the house is "normal" and consistent. In otherwords, 60-70% humidity and no major construction left which will change that. Is the painting all done? Basement poured and cured?
2. Properly aclimate the wood to the house....at least 2 weeks!!! Hickory is fairly reactive to changes in moisture contents, and you're using some big boards, which make it worse!
3. Builders felt for sure, and tighten up your nail spacing to a max of 6". Wider planks need a tighter nailin pattern.
4. Consider glung the end joints with a construction adhesive. This is done alot in wide width installations.
5. You didn't say where you are geographically, but if you have cold winters with the need for lots of heat, plan on using a humidifier to introduce moisture back into the house during the heating season. Even with a humidifier, expect some gapping between boards in the winter...it's normal.
Enjoy your beautiful, unique hardwood floor!!!
Wood Floor Guy
Originally Posted by bentz34
Hickory 4", 6", 8" pattern
Installing 1200sqft of 3/4" tongue and groove prefinished Hickory with a 4,6,8 pattern. This is a new construction.
1. Put down roofing felt over 3/4" tongue and grove subflooring and nail?
2. No vapor barrier (roofing felt), glue and nail to 3/4" tongue subfloor?