Hardwood Flooring

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On Sat, 27 Mar 2010 20:38:01 -0700, the infamous "Lew Hodgett"

Hey, it's twofer day!
Congratulations, sir. With a single post, you turn yourself into both a hypocrite and a bigot, Lew. <shaking head slowly>
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I used to go out with one, in my college days... You can have her if you can find her.
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On Sat, 27 Mar 2010 22:37:37 -0600, the infamous Dave Balderstone

If you find her send her down. I'll give her a try.
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The pre-finished stuff is incredibly tough. If in an area of high wear, it will prove very durable.
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My wife and I installed about 850sf of pre-finished 3/4" solid Oak flooring about 14 months ago. It was our first experience with real wood flooring, and it took some time, but I didn't consider it terribly difficult. It took about four days to lay, including one day that was about 1/2 lost because of a nail gun malfunction. We used a pneumatic flooring nailer. I have laid Pergo-style flooring on a couple of occasions and hardwood does go down slower.
After 14 months the floor looks great, with the exception of a couple of minor dings received during moving........... Oh, and that dropped pizza stone incident :^}
On the other hand, in spite of using felt and installing the Christmas- tree nails on 8" centers (every other into a joist) we are starting to develop a few squeaks in higher traffic areas. I am waiting to spring to see if this situation is seasonal or not. We heat with wood so some areas get rather warm and dry during the winter.
RonB
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My wife and I installed about 850sf of pre-finished 3/4" solid Oak flooring about 14 months ago. It was our first experience with real wood flooring, and it took some time, but I didn't consider it terribly difficult. It took about four days to lay, including one day that was about 1/2 lost because of a nail gun malfunction. We used a pneumatic flooring nailer. I have laid Pergo-style flooring on a couple of occasions and hardwood does go down slower.
After 14 months the floor looks great, with the exception of a couple of minor dings received during moving........... Oh, and that dropped pizza stone incident :^}
On the other hand, in spite of using felt and installing the Christmas- tree nails on 8" centers (every other into a joist) we are starting to develop a few squeaks in higher traffic areas. I am waiting to spring to see if this situation is seasonal or not. We heat with wood so some areas get rather warm and dry during the winter.
RonB
did you try to cause/fix squeaks in the subfloor before laying the hardwood down? I'll usually end up shooting a few pounds of screws to refasten the sub where the original nails loosened up.
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No, but I suspect it is the hardwood. Our contractor glued and screwed the subfloor down when they installed.
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On Sun, 28 Mar 2010 05:27:15 -0700 (PDT), the infamous RonB

Was it a termite barf subfloor or plywood? T&G ply tends to squeak a whole lot less than butted 3/4" plain OSB (which I saw in a million dollar home once; not glued, either)
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On Sat, 27 Mar 2010 21:16:30 -0700 (PDT), the infamous RonB

Yeah, floating floors are much quicker and easier. We installed a glue-together floated on the foam bed in a Habitat home a few years ago. I'm glad the adhesive is a slow-dry type, because we had people walking across it as we worked and several spaces developed. Luckily, we were able to pull them back together without a hitch.

Well, if you didn't glue it down to the wood joists, you'll have squeaks, period. If I were to do another, I'd glue the boards to themselves, too. I -abhor- wooden floor squeaks.
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