installing in winter

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Old 12-15-08, 01:40 PM
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Question installing in winter

I'm installing 9/16" x 3" Braziallian Cherry on the upper floor of our house.

The house is kept heated (not AC'ed in summer)

It's winter now in Seattle area so humidity in house will be lower.

Should I leave a gap between planks? How much?
 
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Old 12-17-08, 09:54 AM
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9/16??? Engineered cross-ply flooring, or is it a solid board?

What is the rH inside the home now? What is the moisture content of the wood, right now?
 
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Old 12-17-08, 07:33 PM
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9/16 X 3 solid wood.

Room humidity is 42%

Subfloor mc is 12%

my meter wouldn't work with the hardwood. couldn't get the spikes in far enough to get a reading.

The wood has been sitting in the room for at least a month.
 
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Old 12-18-08, 06:47 AM
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12% subfloor readings do not go with 42% rH.

What is under the subfloor? Crawl space/basement/first floor living area?

You really need to get a reading of the wood. It needs to be around 10%MC if your subfloor is at 12% right now. Sometimes a moisture meter will not read, below 5-6%MC.
 
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