|Forum topic by johnee||posted 08-09-2012 01:39 AM||1162 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
08-09-2012 01:39 AM
I live in Vermont where winters are very dry and summers can get very humid.
I installed 7” wide eastern knotty white pine flooring in a room around February, very dry. I let it sit in my house for a month before installing, but i guess that wasn’t good enough because during installation, the boards were pressed very tight together, but a week after installation (normal t/g install, nailed in tongue), the dry conditions caused some shrinkage, and some gaps showed up. They weren’t very serious, but they were noticeable. I liked that look actually cause it gave it the aged look i’m trying to achieve.
I haven’t sanded/finished the floor yet, I had to save the money for sander/varnish, AND for weather where i can open the windows to vent the VOCs.
Anyway, now that it’s summer, I wanted to finish it. However, due to the humidity, the floor is tight as a drum, NO gaps. I have questions regarding this drastic expansion with respect to face nailing/varnishing.
Here are my questions :
1. I want to face nail the boards. I’m concerned about the relatively drastic swell/contraction of the wood and how face nailing will affect that. If i face nail now, will the boards warp or otherwise twist about when they dry out this winter? Should I wait until it dries out a bit?
2. Same basic question about varnishing. If I varnish now, will it get screwed up when humidity goes to 10% in winter? Should I wait to varnish until it’s dried a bit? I will be using Waterlox varnish.