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#1 posted 01-30-2013 07:13 PM

Vapor barrier is a must. tounge and groove is a must. I would recommend finding a source for engineered flooring. The 12” wide boards will be much more stable, possible economical, and greener. You can even get this made with reclaimed wood. Glue down floors is great for older houses. The glue would be a urethane glue, and allows for expansion and contraction, and also helps as a part of a moisture barrier system. usually in a house like that, strip down to the subfloor, lay 9mil plastic, go overtop with a substrate for glue, level the floor, and glue. If you go natural, boards should be back cut to prevent cupping and best if finished on back as well. Any how, your question is pretty broad so there are some of my thoughts.

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