05:53AM | 05/19/05
Member Since: 02/20/04
52 lifetime posts
I'm not sure whether this should be here or under floors but anyhow, here are the questions.

I am going to be laying Vertical grain bamboo flooring over a concrete slab. (The slab has been checked and is flat and level. Suprised me too.) I plan on glueing the flloring down tothe slab. The living room area has a conversation "pit" area that is down two steps, with a step width of aproximately 78 inches. This is the first issue. Stair nose only comes in 72" lenghts and stair treads are only 48". I have considered using a finger joint router bit to join the pieces end to end but am not sure if this would be a proper way to do it. This also brings up the question of the prefinish on the flooring. This brings me to the next question. Due to the room layout the flooring layout will be 90 degrees to the steps. The stair bull nose has a grove on the back side to accept the tongue from the flooring pieces. OK, but all of the flooring pieces are the same length so this would make all of the joints fall side by side as it runs across the floor. Can't do that.. So cutting the pieces to random lengths will leave a square cut on the end away from the stair.. I would guess that a new "grove" should be cut on this end of the floor piece. Am I correct in this thinking? And how about the floor finish. I would guess that I should get an appropriate finish to touch up thes cut ends? Why isn't anything easy?? Anyone with experience on issues like this I would appreciate your input. Thanks.

Oh by the way I am in Las Vegas so moisture is not a problem and hasn't ever been one in the house.


04:10PM | 05/20/05
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
If you get nosing in 78 inch lenghs and only need to cover 48 inches, you will end up with 24 inches of scrap. You can try to butt joint these to avoid waste, but you will see it. Fingerjoining will shorten the length, and you won't have enough lenght by joining 2 short pieces. You may need to bite the bullet and buy a nosing for each tread. In your case this means buying 3 pieces instead of 2.

When cutting boards for a random lengh appearance, the piece you cut off goes at the opposite end of the roof to finish the run. There is no need to do butt joints or to cut your own tounge and groove. Lets say you start with a whole board, cut 8- inches off the next, 16 inches off the next, 24 inches and so on until you are back to using a whole board. All the cut pieces will join end to end with whole pieces all the way across the floor. At the other end, just use your trimmed pieces to finish the length. No ends to finish because the cut ends are under the base board.


07:01AM | 05/25/05
Member Since: 02/20/04
52 lifetime posts
I guess I didn't explain it very well.. The available stair treads are only available in 48 in lengths and my required tread with is 78 inches. Second the top step where the stair bull nose is to be installed is also 78 inches wide but the available staock max length is only 72 inches. Lastly the main floor orientation is 90 degrees to the direction of the top step bull nose piece. The bull nose has a grove on the back side for the tongue on the end of the floor boards to mate to. So the achieve the random pattern all of the boards mating with the bull nose will need to have the grove end of the board cut off or there will be no random pattern. I understand that on the main part of the floor the cut ends will go on opposite sides of the room under the base board and will be hidden.

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