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Old 08-24-2012, 08:57 PM   #1
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I am installing unfinished oak flooring 3/4" & 4" myself and came up with an issue so far. Its either I installed few previous rows incorrectly or its the grade of the wood I`ve gotten...

I installed half of the room already on plywood nail and gun method with pneumatic nailer. Yet I am not longer able to install any more rows since the edge of the wood is not straight and my next rows wouldnt look right. it causing an angle between the floor that is already nailed down and a new row. So, I stopped .... It needs to be fixed somehow.
I have no idea but not ready to give up since I have installed 450 sq ft room already and it wasnt that big of an issue before...

On pics you that gap b/w main floor and new row is visible...
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You can sometimes get boards that are not the same size from one end to the other. I normally pull those boards and put a new one in. If there are alot of them then they were milled incorrectly . Call the store you bought them from and have them come and take a look at the floor. Hopfully they will stand behind the wood. If they don't then I will let you know how to fix the problem. It is a long process, but it will work.

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Thank you for reply. I bought it at Lumber liquidators and its consider a unfinished Utility wood, which means with lots imperfections... I knew what I was buying I have some left overs but not like they said 30%, more like 10%.
Anyhow, I used the same technique you mentioned earlier in my other room and it worked out just fine. This time I cant because the difference its more than 5 mm on the edge. An issue started 3 rows earlier but I dont want to pull them all up, it is slightly visible there. I noticed the longer pieces are the more issues with them. I like shorter ones or I cut them in the middle to safe the wood.
I would really appreciate if you would tell me the other option )))
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I'm sorry but, I don't have time tonight. I will reply in the morning. Thanks
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O.K. here it is. You need a table saw. Take a board that in the length of your longest gap. Cut the tounge or grove off of one of the sides using the fence to make sure it is straight. After you get one smooth edge set you blade to a 7 degree angle. Set you fence to a distance from the blade where it will cut just under a 1/8th (or larger if the gap are bigger) wedge. Then set you blade back to straight up and down. Cut another small wedge. Set the fence back to 7 degrees and repeat both processes until you have enough wedges to fill all of the gaps. Go to the first gap and cut the wegde to the length of the gap. Use a premium woodworkers glue and put a generous amount of glue on both sides of the wedge. Place the wedge in the gap and tap it down tightly. When this is done take a utility knife and lightly score both sides of the wedge just above the surface of the floor. Push the top of the wedge back and forth until it breaks off. Repeat this until all gaps have been filled. When you are done you can begin the sand and finishing of the floor. When done the wedges will blend with the floor and not be seen.
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Thank you sir. I will try and let you know.

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