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Old 08-17-2010, 08:36 PM   #1
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I have a 840 sg ft room I'm about to start laying hardwood flooring in. My question is should I start in the middle of the room to minimize any effects caused by even a minimal out of square corners? Thanks,great site

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I have a 840 sg ft room I'm about to start laying hardwood flooring in. My question is should I start in the middle of the room to minimize any effects caused by even a minimal out of square corners? Thanks,great site
If your first course is square then the last board will be square. I would start at the end.

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If you started in the middle, how would you nail the opposite boards?
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If your first course is square then the last board will be square. I would start at the end.
But if the walls aren't square to each other then you are only square to the all you started at.

That being said you start at a wall. But which wall, that is the true question. You just mentioned a large room. Is it square or irregular? Are there many doors? Mating floor surfaces? Which way are you running the wood in relation to your walls and openings?

As a general rule, start against the longest solid wall that you have. This will probably be the most visible. Shorter wall runs are less likely to show variations in the squareness of the walls to each other in the overall room. If you don't have a single longest run of wall, start with the run that will be seen the most. Do not, generally, start at a floor transition. This is the best place to hide funny shaped wood planks.
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