Expansion Gap


Old 01-29-10, 02:04 PM
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Expansion Gap

I am installing 3/4" x 3 1/4" unfin. white oak and was wondering if I needed an expansion gap wrapping the fireplace bricks on the floor. It calls for 3/8 - 1/2" gap but since there is no base trim it would look bad. If I install the oak planks tight and 45 the corners will I have problems with expansion?
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Old 01-29-10, 07:15 PM
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I'll tell you what I like to do, and others may have other solutions, so hang on. I like to band the fireplace with full pieces cut at 45 degrees at the front edge and along the sides. This will give you a smooth edge as well as a place to fit the tongue and groove. You will snap a line across the front edge of the piece you laid for the front edge of the brick, lay flooring along this line, install a transition tongue in the pieces on that line, lay back to the wall. Then you can start laying normally from the line in front of the brick and finish the room.
I know I didn't explain it well, since doing it is easier than putting it in words. If you need clarification let us know.

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