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Old 09-11-2008, 01:08 PM   #1
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How important is it to install the hardwood perpendicular to the floor joists?
We are adding prefinished 3/4" solid oak flooring to a hallway. The floor joists are parrallel to the hallway so to install the flooring perpendicular to the joists would involve a lot of cutting, plus it looks better the other direction (the long way)

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How important is it to install the hardwood perpendicular to the floor joists?
As I seem to recall (and it's been years since I worked for a flooring installer so take this for what it's worth) you will either need to add blocking from underneath or another layer of 3/4 subfloor.

You are correct that it will only look good run the long way.

When all else fails, call or email the manufacturer.

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Run it perpendicular to the floor joists!!!
Do not pass go!!!
Do not collect $200!!!

I mistakingly allowed a Homeowner talk me into installing it parallel for the "look" issue. I made him sign a waiver and went on about the install. By the time the job was over, everyone involved regreted it.
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I mistakingly allowed a Homeowner talk me into installing it parallel for the "look" issue. I made him sign a waiver and went on about the install. By the time the job was over, everyone involved regreted it.
Did you add blocking perpendicular to the joists? Same difference if you do that.
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No I didn't do that. I gave that as an option but they didn't want to pay the money. You live and learn.
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How much blocking do you need to add?
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I would put it on a maximum of 24" oc. I would prefer it to be on 16". That will be a lot of blocking if you are wanting to turn the floor in your entire house. I hope you have a full basement.

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