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Old 06-09-2018, 05:05 PM   #1
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Flooring Spline Question


I am starting to put my 3/4" pre-finished hardwood down, but have an installation question. I would like continuous flooring from the hall to all the rooms. Based on the picture, the BLUE arrows indicate the main direction I am planning to install. Starting with the faint blue line and progressing forward. Now, the RED arrows indicate the secondary direction of install after installing a double spline. The back room in the center ( left RED arrow ) no issue as the double spline will be in the door threshold. The question arises in the room on the right, (right RED arrow ).
Can I use a long double spline the width of the room, gluing those two rows to the subfloor? Or should I measure the distance from where the spline would be to the back wall, calculate the starting piece as a multiple of the wood width, start on the back wall and hope my calculations come out ok?

I am leaning towards the spline, but would like the expertise here to validate, or change it. Thanks.
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Old 06-09-2018, 07:57 PM   #2
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Well, I guess my google-fu was a little lacking before. I have found that the the proper way is to use a double spline, glue the spline into the wood, both sides. No need to glue to subfloor. Well that's my plan now.
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Yes that's what I was going to say. Long spline. Just be careful you don't push the board out of line when you nail it. No way you'll come out starting at the wall.
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Marson, thank you for the confirmation.
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IF you are using cleats or staples to fasten the flooring, don't forget to nail/cleat/staple through the flooring starting your new direction. You will be fastening it through the newly installed spline. Otherwise it could cause a rise in the flooring along that run.
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chandler48, good point. I would have missed that. Thanks
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