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 Post subject: New solidwood install:gaps between planks
PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:22 pm 
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Hi! Team, we had new solid cedar hardwood floor install yesterday. We have total 1200 sq ft to install and 900 sq ft is already installed in one day by the installer. Out of 900 sq ft, one game room is upstairs which is nailed down and used sound barrier on plywood. Remaining 700+ sq ft is downstairs and it is nailed down on plywood.
We noticed gaps between plans ( I will try to attach the picture). Gaps are visually big . A quarter size coin can go through it if pass through vertically. Or a key can go through it if you hold vertically.

In a room of 20 X 20 , there are 20-30 planks which have gaps. Contractor says that he will use wood fillings to fill up the gap. The contractor sent another inspector today afternoon and he said these are wide gaps.

Please let me know your feedback. We are suggesting for the replacement of the floor to the contractor and not sure how hard we should fight for it. If we settle down with wood fillings then will there be any problem in future. We are in Dallas, TX.


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 Post subject: Re: New solidwood install:gaps between planks
PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:32 pm 
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Any feedback/comment is much appreciated. We are meeting with installer tomorrow. We do not want take incorrect decision due to lack of knowledge in this area.


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 Post subject: Re: New solidwood install:gaps between planks
PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:47 pm 
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From what I know about Cedar if does not expand and contract like oak or Hickory so you would not need to leave big gaps when it is being laid in the dry part of the year to accommodate expansion from hot humid weather in the summer. Cedar shingles work fine in the rainy weather and don't expand too much. They are also quarter-sawn, though.
Cedar is very soft, though. I would not recommend it for a floor. Cedar closet lining is recommended for walls, not the floor.


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 Post subject: Re: New solidwood install:gaps between planks
PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:04 pm 
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Thanks for the comment and appreciate the response.
The installer gave us following options
1. Redo the floor with Cedar wood ( Issue is wood stock at the installer is short of 300 sq ft and we have to go with carprt in 2 bedrooms).
2. Red oak 2 1/4 inch (can be done for all rooms)

We are leaning towards second option of red oak since it is available for total area.

Please let us know if there is any comment/feedback.

Thanks again,


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 Post subject: Re: New solidwood install:gaps between planks
PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:06 am 
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#1 Red oak would make a good floor. I like to stain it a light brown color. Then the small defects like knots and mineral streaks blend in with the grain. Natural looks good, too.


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 Post subject: Re: New solidwood install:gaps between planks
PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:03 pm 
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Thanks for the response. I like light brown as well. Thank you again for your time.


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