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Old 07-09-2007, 12:49 PM   #1
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Laying Hardwood in angled hall


I have layed a lot of hardwood flooring but I have now run into a wall and am unsure of myself. We have a hall that is all that's left, but the master bedroom is 45 degree angled in the hall. I am afraid to tackle it without some advice first. How would I cut the pieces so that they are perfect in that corner? One person suggested that I overlap the pieces and take a circular saw afterwards and cut a smooth line across, but if I did that, what would happen to the subfloor? I appreciate any suggestions. Thanks

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I suppose your worries if cutting is not too accurate causing the baseboard unable to hide the gaps. As there is baseboard so there is still a bit of tolerance for gap..but I agree, mistakes are less forgiving comparing to straight walls... I tried different approaches in my case, and found the best approach is to use one sample piece of short hard wood to achieve the task. assume the strips is laid in the from right to left in your diagram... when it reaches the 45 degree wall, lay the strip on top of just on the right side already laid row with the top align to the toppest point on the to be laid row, use the sample piece and place it left hand side which just touch the wall and that will tell you the lower point, mark it, then cut the corner....

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Is there some kind of threshold at that 45* edge?
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Here is what I do .. (few thoughts first)

- You always nail perpendicular to the floor joists
- You always try and start on your longest wall, this will help make sure the room is straight.
- you nail left to right

Is the flooring running from the hallway into the bedroom? Is the master bedroom bedroom nailed off yet?

If you are only have the hallway to nail off, start along the wall with the angle. So you are essentially starting off with that angle instead of finishing with it.

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I think a little geometry may help....

If the master bedroom was not at a 45* angle then you would have a simple 90* corner and nothing to worry about. Since the room is angled at 45* you are essentially going to need to make a cut that leaves you with a 135* angle from the straight wall. A straight wall is 180* (i.e. a straight line). So, 180*-135* = 45* right? So, you should just need to make a 45* angled cut for those pieces that butt up against the bedroom threshold.
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