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Forum topic by Eric Sutton posted 08-12-2010 04:32 AM 933 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-12-2010 04:32 AM

Greetings all. A question for the panel regarding flooring installation:

Got a load of rough cut beech for our front porch floor. We’ve got it planed and are cutting tongues and grooves now. We’re assuming that with weather and wear we’ll get some cupping. Should we install this stuff so the cupping is a smiley face or a frown? Or…should we alternate the growth rings so any movement is sort of neutralized? Thanks for your advice,


-- IAFF L2737 Cortland NY

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#1 posted 08-12-2010 05:24 AM

I think most of the research says it will cup either way. Just the nature of water sitting on one surface longer than the other.

You are nailing these boards individually (as opposed to gluing them together) so neutralizing movement is not really going to gain you anything.

Put your nicest face for each board facing up. If both faces look equal then I would go with bark side up only because the splinter size is a lot smaller in the event of checking and cracking.

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