Can I install solid hardwood floor parallel to joist?

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Can I install solid hardwood floor parallel to joist?

Is it ok to install T&G hardwood, 3/4 inch thick parallel to the joists. The subfloor is 1x6 pine installed 45 degree to the joists and over that is 1/2 plywood. Joists are 16 inch's on center.

I have a long narrow room and installing the floor perpendicular would just look dumb as it is so narrow.

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As long as you have adequate subflooring, you can run the flooring any direction you want, even diagonally! Quite often the direction of flooring is turned 90 degrees when you enter a room, so it is of little consequence. In addition, the T&G adds to the rigidity of the floor inherently by its thickness, T&G, and being nailed so many times across the spectrum. Go for it!
 
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So going over only 1/2 inch plywood with blocking between the joists is enough of a subfloor? (with the blocking).
What is the maximum distance for spread of the blocking?
The flooring is 3/4 x 4 t&g pre-finished Brazilian Cherry. there is t&g on the ends as well as the sides, which I think also helps.
thanks again.
 
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