Variable-Width hardwood.. starting row?


Old 05-05-17, 10:42 AM
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Variable-Width hardwood.. starting row?

Quick questions guys,

I'm installing some variable (not random) width 3/4" hardwood in a bdr. First time with variable width stuff. It's 3 different widths. Is there any reason I should begin the first row of installation with a certain width? Are there any advantages to starting with a wider or narrower first row?

And also, should i just install in a 3-2-1-3-2-1 pattern or should i try and make it random? (there are an even number of each width.. so I cant 1-2-3-2-1-2-1 or anything). If I make it more "random" I'll have to repeat certain widths right next to each other.

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Old 05-05-17, 12:55 PM
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I like the look of random width rows better than having a pattern like 1, 2, 3. I would start with a wide row thinking it would be easier to work with than a narrow strip but you could just as easy start with a different width. If you want to get math fancy you can measure your room and see of there is some way it works out so you don't have to rip the last planks on the other side of the room.

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