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Old 07-30-2011, 05:51 PM   #1
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Hello eveyone,
I am going to attempt to install hardwood (3/4" Bellawood Koa 3 1/4") in the next few weeks. I am worried I will mess it up. Everyone says it is fairly easy, we will see but I figured I would ask if any of you had any tips or advice for me.

I will be installing over OSB there are two rooms one is 24x24 the other is 11x17. The rooms are connected on a diagonal (of course it couldn't be straight and easy). I have some T molding I am going to join them with. I have watched the youtube videos. I know the most important thing is to make sure the first board is level and you must leave room for the wood to move. I guess the part I am most concerned about is the starting and finishing. I know once you are into to it you should use boards from different boxes to mix it up and you have to stagger the joints.

I am planning on using cork underlayment. Have you ever used it? What do you think? The room is over a garage and is often cold in the New England winters (what isn't). I thought about using the insulayment plus the cork but heard that wasn't a good idea.

What about the nailer/staplers? I am going to buy one so I can take my time. They sell one at Lowes that is like $180 and has good reviews. I don't want to get the Bostich $$$, but renting is like $38 a day. I have been looking at craigslist as well but that is risky.

Thoughts?

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There is another thread going (yesterday) that will answer a lot of your questions--I'll see if I can get you a link---Mike----

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I don't think I need splines, do I? I have attached a poorly drawn floorplan for you. The rooms I am putting the hardwood in are the great room and the breezeway. Thre great room is fairly square. The breezeway is actually more diagonal than in the drawing which is why I think it would be best to break it up, plus the guy at Lumber Liquidators said since my great room is so big they recommend breaking it up anyway. I am not thrilled with the idea of T molding in the middle of the floor though. So maybe I should look into the splines. We don't have Menards around here (I live in New England). hmmm
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I am a bit confused now (more so than before but maybe this is a good thing LOL) my rafters run lengthwise front of house to back. I was told to lay the flooring to follow the rafters. Is that correct?
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You should not need splines. You need to install the wood accross the floor joist. This helps to keep flex in the floor. Cork is an excellent underlayment under wood.
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I found another thread that addresses this. It started back in Dec. 2005 by PhilC called Hardwood Floor - Reversing Direction

I will take photos of the room tomorrow, that may help you envision it and give me your take. My floor plan isn't the best. It is hard to explain the one square room and the breezeway joining. It kind of looks like one big room but it is clear there is a break at that point which needs to be reflected in the flooring otherwise I think it will look weird. Is there any way around the T molding or is that the best solution?

I have the answer to the underlayment and the stapler.

What about starting out and finishing? Any advice on that? I have never laid a floor before.
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Instead of a T-mold you can put what is called a Header board. What you do is cut boards 2' to 2 and 1/4" wide and nail them accross the opening. Then you just cut the boards to the header board. on each side.
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Woodman58 you are brillant. We had laminate before (big mistake with dogs and kids) and they kept kicking the molding out as they dragged their feet across it.

Question, why the exact measurements? I mean why does it have to be 2' by 2 and a quarter"? Is that the standard header board size? Why does it have to be 2" Is that so it stays in place better?
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The only reason I say 2" or 2 and 1/4" wide by the length of the opening is because in my opinion it looks better than a wider board. It can be as wide as you like it.

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