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08:38AM | 02/06/04
Member Since: 02/03/04
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as per your resonse, the floors will be 7" colonial heart pine throughout the house (2600 sq ft) 3/4" tongue and groove. should i use nail,glue?


04:36PM | 02/06/04
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
i think the best install would be to nail them (no glue)make sure the moisture content is down to aprox 6%,and make sure the wood is in the rooms to be installed for seven days(minimum) at room temp,about 68*

confirm this with the people you purchased the wood from,(they may be aware of some special condition with the wood)


09:26AM | 02/07/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1278 lifetime posts
I have never installed wood flooring at 6%. It should be with in a couple percent of the other woods in the building. Trim woods should be dried at the manufacturer/mill to about 6-7% but if I installed it that dry,there would definitely be problems because we have a humid climate here. I recommend stacking the flooring in the area to be it's home with air circulation around it for two weeks prior to installation to let it adjust. 11% is more common here. IO don't know where this will be going but unless it is in Arizona or a similar climate, 6% is the very bottom of the range. Setting a stipulation like that will make it nearly impossible to install in most places.

That said, I have worked with a lot of Anitque Heart Pine. If that is truely what is under discussion here, it is one of the most stable woods I know of, and there is little to worry about.

I agree that it should be nailed and not glued though, in most circumstances.


07:11PM | 02/07/04
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
i'm sure you are correct.i live in the nevada high desert,and we allways get the wood to about 6%. i was not thinking of the humidty back east....thank you for passing on the correct information / carpetman

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