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Re: Hardwood Floor Installation

Posted By: Nino
Friday, 16 February 2001, at 10:08 a.m.

In Response To: Hardwood Floor Installation (Joel Carpenter)

It makes a difference depending on how solid your subflooring is. If your subflooring is strong and solid, then the flooring your adding doesn't amount to anything more than decorative so you can install it in any direction. If, on the other hand, you have planks for subflooring or it is otherwise weak, then you have to install the flooring perpendicular to the joists so that the floor adds strength and is supported. I've heard that floors should be nailed every sixteen inches but I've found that that is seldom the case. I usually nail floors on each end plus every sixteen to twentyfour inches (a six foot plank would have four nails in it). You might get the arguement that the floor should always rest perpendicular to the joists as it reduces installation problems ( waviness, etc.) and it will add to the structure, but I find appearance as important if not more so. So, if all the above guidelines are met, install it the way it looks best.

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