Plank Floor Questions


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Old 12-05-05, 11:36 PM
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Plank Floor Questions

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Iím going to be installing a floor made of white pine 1X12ís. I have a couple of questions: 1) Should I use 15lb felt paper between the planks and the subfloor? Why is this recommended? To keep the floor from squeeking, or are there other reasons? 2) The owner wants to use ring shank nails. Any opinions? Iím recommending square cut nails for asthetic reasons. Can anyone argue in favor of one or the other on structural grounds? Any other suggestions? Thanks, CT
 
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Old 12-06-05, 09:22 AM
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If you ever tried to pull out a ring shank, youd understand the structural benefits of using them.
The felt does help with squeeks and is also meant to help prevent moisture into the wood. It is not a barrier, you are poking hundreds of holes in it, but its thought by many to help. Cheap insurance, none the less.
 
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Old 12-06-05, 09:05 PM
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On boards that wide, of such an unstable wood, I would reccomend screwing it down and plugging the holes. It looks nice too...kind of rustic. Square head nails don't hold the best in the world, especially if they ever move. Once they move, they are loose from then on. With boards that wide, especially of white pine, make sure to leave plenty of room for expansion under the baseboards/toekick.
 
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Old 12-07-05, 05:22 PM
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expansion gap

Thanks for the responses so far. The customer definitely wants ring shanks. So ring shanks it is. Now that you mention it, how much expansion gap should we leave? The wood will be brought indoors and stickered for a couple weeks before the install. We are planning to put the boards in as close to one another as possible, even using wedges to work the boards where they're hooked. Does this sound like a good plan? Thanks, CT
 
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Old 12-08-05, 12:31 PM
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There are issues with dimensional stability in wider planks. 12" wide boards should be face nailed. A 3/4" expansion gap is recommended. Go to www.nofma.org for installation instructions.
 
 

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