wood floor install question


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Old 10-12-06, 04:11 PM
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wood floor install question

This is my problem. I ordered engineered wood floor from a store. They ordered the incorrect floor and I received solid wood floor. They acknowledged the mistake and said I could keep the solid floor that ended up being 3x the price of the floor I ordered. I am installing this in a new house and did not plan for the floor. The rooms I am placing the wood in will join with tile and the sub floor is concrete. I have read to place a plywood sub floor down to nail the wood floor to. Does it need to be plywood. That would put the wood floor so much higher than the tile floor it would look strange. How thin can I go with the plywood? Any help would be appreciated.
 
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Solid 3/4" hardwood requires a 2" nailing cleat. Instructions for solid hardwood installation over concrete can be found at www.nofma.org by clicking Publications and How To for Installing Wood Floors. The publication can be downloaded for free.

The reason the retailer allowed you to keep the more expensive product is that the vendor will not take it back. It would cost the retailer the price of the wood you received plus the cost of the reorder for the correct material. The retailer should make the correction.
 
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Could I use a smaller nail and thus a less thick piece of plywood?
 
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Is the sub-floor concrete or plywood. What type of species of wood did you recieve. The reason I ask is some woods are more dimensionaly stable than others. If your sub-floor is concrete you can glue straight down to concrete which prevents you from raising your floor 3/4" (sub-floor) + 3/4" flooring. If you glue down you need to check slab for moisture content and possibly put down a moisture barrier to protect form moisture. I would use a product called SLC which is a European Glue and moisture Barrier sold in the U.S.. You can buy this product from Palo-Duro in Denver,CO or Ceno in Houston TX.
 

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I wouldn't advise gluing a solid directly to the concrete, or to plywood for that matter.
 
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wood flooring

what will happen if you dont space the border 1/2 inch
 
 

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