| On Fri, 18 Feb 2005 13:38:51 -0500, PDQ wrote:
| > You will not need a "decent" gap, 1/4 inch will do fine. If you pay
| > attention to the gap you will not need the shoe moulding unless it is for
| > aesthetics.
| The rest of the house, where the floors are wood or tile, has shoe moulding.
| So we're doing that to maintain consistency.
| > I you are planning on hammer and nails as opposed to a pneumatic nailer,
| > the shoe moulding might be needed to cover the surface nailed boards at the
| > wall. I used a nail gun and was able to get right up to the wall. Not as
| > much wear and tear on the old bod either.
| Agree about the wear and tear bit. I just purchased a small compressor and
| finish nailer for the purpose. I figured it'd be a good investment, as I can
| use it around the shop. And I'll need a compressor to nail the flooring down,
| too. Renting the flooring nailer.
| > If you wish, "interior" works just as well for me. I have had hardwood for
| > 10 years now and the boards have not changed over the seasons. What can be
| > a problem is the temperature and/or humidity differences experienced over
| > the seasons at the exterior walls. These differences do not show up at
| > interior walls like they do at the exterior walls. This is the major
| > reason fot the gap.
| In our previous home, we had oak strip installed during the summer. In winter,
| the strip shrank noticeably in some places - like right in the middle of the
| room. Where the joints were tight during summer, in spots you could slip a
| piece of shirt cardboard in during winter.
| I'm hoping that I can hold the humidity fairly high for this time of year
| while the wood is acclimating. So its between the extremes, and movement won't
| be as noticeable when the extremes do occur.
| > Having said all this, you must live near the ocean to have such moderate
| > weather. Here, in the cradle of the Great Lakes, we have days that are
| > real sweaters when everything is a bit damp and others when the heat would
| > fry an egg.
| Moderate? I'm sure your winters are colder, longer, than ours. But in January,
| we had a few days where the high didn't break 10F. Summertime will hit 90F
| easily, 95F a few to maybe ten days, and 100F+ isn't unheard of. Those 95F+
| days tend to be the days we give in, and fire up the A/C. It isn't that its so
| moderate here, more like I think we are part reptile. Both my wife and I
| prefer to be warm with a moderately high relative humidity. We absolutely hate
| that we can't run the humidity up when its very cold. Fortunately, that kind
| of weather doesn't last too long here.
| BTW, we're in west-central NJ, north of Flemington, about 65 miles from the
| Atlantic Ocean as the crow flies, I think.
| Art Greenberg
| artg AT eclipse DOT net
Not to sure what is up with the weather. Used to be real cold came from the West, this year seems to be coming up from the South as well.
No idea what some of the others will think about the finish nailer for the floors. That's what I used and it seems to be still holding well. I used 2 inch nails and 90 psi. Only thing I had to watch was the odd time the nail turned back upon me. A pair a side cutters trimmed them nicely.
Be sure to take the time to set the boards tightly before putting the hammer down. I noticed that the pneumatic floor guns needed a heavy hammer to set the boards and some of the yahoos laying flooring didn't like wasting time making sure the boards were tight.