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Old 03-31-2015, 09:39 PM   #1
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Gaps in 2 1/4" oak hardwood new install by builder


Hi all. I need an opinion from experienced floor people.

I'm having a home built and they just put in the 2.25" pre-cut tonge&groove oak hardwood - not sanded, or finished in anyway yet. I went to look at it today and felt it looked awful. See the link with pictures. So so many gaps many 1/8" wide.

I went to the neighbor's and they let me look at their finished floor. Same wood exactly, and it was so beautiful and tight. Barely a single gap, we found only one and it was 1/64th of an inch!

I called the builder and he told me that it was fine and will look great when they are done. I want to believe him, but why didn't I see all these gaps in the neighbor's floor?

Please tell me if this is acceptable or not.

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you are kidding, right? You went online and found all those pictures of what not to do when installing hardwood floor, right..........right??????



if you are for real, fire the totally inept company. No, it will not look great when it is done, unless somebody pulls all of that up and puts it down properly.
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you are kidding, right? You went online and found all those pictures of what not to do when installing hardwood floor, right..........right??????



if you are for real, fire the totally inept company. No, it will not look great when it is done, unless somebody pulls all of that up and puts it down properly.
I wish I was kidding. I took all these today. Thank you. Are you experienced in this, or is it just that obvious LOL The builder told me the same guy does all their floors, and it would be fine when finished.
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I'm a (commercial) electrician but I have seen many gym floors and other similar floors installed to know what you are showing here is simply wrong. My father also has oak floors in his house. I doubt you could put a playing card between any two boards.
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I'm a (commercial) electrician but I have seen many gym floors and other similar floors installed to know what you are showing here is simply wrong. My father also has oak floors in his house. I doubt you could put a playing card between any two boards.
This was a $5000 upgrade to the standard floor package too. The builder said they would dump a 5 gallon buckets of filler and squeegee the whole floor with it. Problem is there were no gaps for filler to go in at the neighbor's house!
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Good god--that is a hopeless mess----

The 'filler
will crack and pop out as the flooring expands and contracts with the seasons---

A professional hardwood floor guy needs to do that work over----
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Get rid of the guy. He has no idea what he is doing and apparently doesn't have a saw that will cut a square corner. I was really hoping this was s joke thread. I have never ever seen real work by anybody claiming to know what the are doing that bad.
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Looks like there trying to use reclaimed flooring.
End cuts look like they cut them with a hack saw.
0 Need for all those face nails.
A new hard wood floor never needs filler!
Some of that woods not even the same width.
Only way to make that mess look look better is 2" of concrete pored over it.
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oh my stars, that has got to be the biggest mess I have seen of a floor, I just hope you aren't out any money yet, do not pay them. I would for an absolute fact not allow them back in my house. If you have to, take them to court, you have a winner there.
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I also suspect the builder is up to no good too. He's probably the reason this junk in on the job. I'm almost positive of that. He wants cheap and you're getting it.

I think he can make it look good with lots of sealer, but what's gonna happen after a few seasons? So, it may be fine until well after the check clears.

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You would have to put some effort into making a floor look that bad.
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Wait a minute, isn't this April fools day...
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This is some rough gun stock flooring, designed for someones cabin or work shop. If your looking for that "rustic look", you've got it. I agree with Mike, hardwood floors expand and contract seasonally and wood filler between boards is not likely to stay put.
Maybe if you control the RH to within about 5 points year round. (not likely).

But it is necessary to face nail rows nearing a wall or obstruction. Just the nature of flooring nailer needing clearance. Wood filler in these nail holes will hold fine.

This was laid down by someone who has no business behind a flooring nail gun!
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Wait a minute, isn't this April fools day...
yes but it was posted yesterday.
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My house the floor comes out. Period. That is garbage and will ALWAYS be garbage. Ron
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