Triangulo Br111 Santos mahogany - Engineered 3/8" - TRENGSM3


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Old 03-13-07, 06:26 AM
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Triangulo Br111 Santos mahogany - Engineered 3/8" - TRENGSM3

Greetings,

I am about to install 1100 feet of Triangulo Br111 Santos mahogany - Engineered 3/8" - TRENGSM3 and I have one small predicament. I may choose to stapple it instead of floating it, depending of the answers I am getting.

Here are the details:
- I want to float it.
- The planks are about 3 feet and 1 feet long
- The 3 feet planks are very lightly arced (bend) with the top of the arc on the wood side.
- It is installed on the second floor of the house.

I assembled (to try it, with no glue) about 5x6 feet and the arc is still there. Will it settle down when the whole floor will be done or can it have areas that I will feel the floor bump because of existing arcs?

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Old 03-14-07, 05:05 PM
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Is it new flooring? I wouldn't think anything would settle. I don't like a board that is bowed along its length much less its width.
 
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I highly suggest you work out of as many cartons as you possibly can!!! Each carton, will have a different variation. They are not mixed variations in each carton. Working out of 3 or 4 cartons at a time, isn't enough, unless that is all your installing!! Sort your variations to get a good mix as you go.

When you stagger all the boards together in a random stagger, the bow will settle. Then you have trim along the perimeter to hold it down.
 
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Old 03-14-07, 09:54 PM
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Ok maybe I am misunderstanding this, but are the individual boards bowed or is the entire floor area? I am thinking you are meaning individual boards?
 
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Old 03-15-07, 05:52 AM
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Greetings,

There are 4 different lengths in each box: 1 foot, 1 foot 1/2, 2 feet, 3 feet.
The 2 feet and 3 feet are lightly bowed with the 3 feet a lot more bowed. I have 51 boxes and openned about 25 of them. The 2 1/2 and 3 footers are almost all bowed with some bowed more than 1/3 inch in the center for the 3 footers.

I installed with no glue about 12x12 with a random mix of boards in the middle of the room and put boxes around it to hold it down. When I walk over it, I feel bouncing at many places. I know this is quite a high quality plank. this is Bruce BR111.

Frankly, I am almost decided to stapple the floor down instead of floating it. I got all the equipment, I just need to buy 12,000 stapples...hehehehe. I am sure it will solve the issue but it take a lot longer to install.

Any comment?

Thank you
 
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Old 03-16-07, 09:21 AM
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What's the advantage of floating it, for you? I just stapled down 200 sf of bruce engineered wood and the crowns came out when stapled. Seems like the stapling would be at least as easy, if not easier than gluing the t&g for a floating system.
 
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Greetings,

We decided to stapple indeed and it is quite easy.
We stapple about every 8 inches or at both end when it is a one footer.

Question: I am using a Bostitch stapler LHF97125-2. It says in the manual the minimum is 80 lbs pressure. I had to set it to 70 lbs to not damage the tongue (splitting). The staples for that gun are 1 inch long and they sink quite well now at that pressure.

Is it a normal thing that you need to operate under the manufacturer pressure?

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Hello,

I work for BR-111 in the Tech department. Was the flooring acclimated before installation? I will send you a PM with my contact information if you would like to call me to discuss.
 
 

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