02:44AM | 02/23/03
Member Since: 10/10/02
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I am in the process of building a house (or rather having one built) and they recently installed the hardwood floors. They are 3/4" thick 2 1/4" wide top grade real maple. They will be back to finish them later but as of now the surface (height) of the boards is quite uneven.

Is this to be expected and will go away when they sand and finish the floor or should I be concerned?

I'm also quite concerned that they have installed them and the HVAC is not in the house. It's around 50°F here now and I'm afraid when I get in the house and turn up the heat/humidity that they floors will buckle.

Thanks in advance for any help

willies all thumbs

05:58AM | 02/23/03
Member Since: 10/03/02
55 lifetime posts
I'm also quite concerned that they have installed them and the HVAC is not in the house.

Normal for new construction

Sanding will take care of the unevenness, again, normal


06:07AM | 02/23/03
Member Since: 10/10/02
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Thanks for the info! That puts my mind at ease. Should I expect some buckling later or is it installed to take this into account? I've noticed some considerable gaps in the "model" house since they were put in during the summer and it's now winter although I believe they have the humidifier turned far too low (25%) which is the primary cause.

Thanks again


03:47PM | 02/23/03
Member Since: 02/22/03
23 lifetime posts
Every so often they are placed with a gap for an expansion joint. THis is done to prevent buckling-- the gaps will be filled with a wood putty once they finish them


1) Subfloor

2) Moisture barrier to prevent squeaks

3) install wood

4) Fill voids by trowelling wood putty over the entire surface

5) Sand with coarse paper

6) Sand with fine grit

7) Stain

8) Poly



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