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Forum topic by opalko posted 02-11-2013 08:21 PM 1147 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2013 08:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hardwood flooring flooring question

Hello all -I hope this is the correct forum to ask this in. I have a 3/4” x 5 1/2” T&G pre-finished oak floor (solid) in our hallway. As usual, the flooring in the hall runs parallel to the length of the hallway (longways). We put this floor in a year or so ago. Now we are ready to move on to the first room off of the hallway to the right – a craft room for my wife.

I want the flooring to run in the same direction as in the hallway, in fact the wall that divides the hallway and the craft room happens to be the longest unbroken wall in the room, so it seems natural.

My question is, where do I start laying the floor in the room? Do I start from the doorway and down the length of the long wall, or do I start along that long wall on the end farthest from the door and work the way back to the door?.. Intuitively, it seems anyway, no matter where I start it will be impossible to have a perfectly straight line that runs parallel to the hallway/door piece that also makes for a square room..or vice versa.

The other question is – should there be a transition piece between the hallway floor and the craft room even though they are going to run the same direction? There may be ever so slight a height difference from a test piece I layed just from one side of the door to the other – perhaps 3/32” or so.

Cheers and thanks for any help!

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#1 posted 02-11-2013 09:44 PM

It doesn’t matter. Add a threshold, make it oak and finish it like the floor. It will look better an will look more traditional anyhow. Most flooring manufacturers either sell finishes to math or accessories and thresholds are one. They are usually pricey so i typically made my own

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#2 posted 02-11-2013 09:57 PM

I’m with Don. Seperate the spaces with a threshold. In the event that you ever have to replace the floor in the room or in the hallway, it makes it that much easier while also looking traditional.

Won’t really matter, IMO, if you start the room from the hall door or the opposite end other than having to deal with the last row being installed… So it depends on how the room is laid out. If there is a lot of trim work to be done on one side or the other, I would start on the trouble side first (which is probably the hall door side of the room.) So much easier when the last row has no trouble spots (that’s my floor install advice and I’ve done a few of these now.)

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