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Old 09-18-2011, 03:00 PM   #1
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Expansion gap needed or not?

Hey Everyone,

I'm installing birchwood flooring in my upstairs living room, there is an open stairwell surrounded by a railing. The railing and 'base plate' are maplewood. My question is; can I run the birchwood into the maple base plate (attatching it as if it was a bullnose molding on a sunken living room, for example) or do I have to treat it like a wall or other vertical obstruction and leave a gap? The outer edge of the plate is open to the stairs and I was thinking of 'framing' it, like you would do with a hearth on a fire place.


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