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 Post subject: Noobie questions
PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:24 pm 
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Getting ready to tackle first hardwood install this weekend, a few questions hoping to find help with.
Bought solid 3/4" bamboo from LL ( I know, i've read all the LL issues, hoping to be ok anyway)
Went with the elastilon adhesive backing.
Live in southern Indiana.

Wood has been acclimating (AC)for about 12 days @RH 48-52%, is this enough?

What saw blade to use to cut to length for best clean cut?

How best to stagger the end seams, any "rules" for this?


If the wood has to acclimate so much, will taking the boards to the garage to cut have a detrimental effect?

Anyone have any experience with the Elastilon? Tips for using?

what kind of wall spacers to buy /use, and how much spacing is optimal?

Also installing this in a guest bath, do I need to leave more wall space for expansion

Any and all help greatly appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Noobie questions
PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:04 pm 
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Read the instructions you get from LL and elastilon and you should be fine.

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 Post subject: Re: Noobie questions
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Thanks for your time, but I was really hoping to find more specific answers, from folks like yourself with experience,for the questions posted, anyone?


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 Post subject: Re: Noobie questions
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Can anyone tell me why my general questions were moved to the LL thread?
Really has nothing to do with LL, maybe I shouldn't have mentioned where I got the material?


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I'd like to help but I don't mess with the elastilon.

Acclimation has nothing to do with time. Pro's use pin meters to tell.

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 Post subject: Re: Noobie questions
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Can anyone tell me why my general questions were moved to the LL thread?


I moved it for reasons Elastilon is sold by Lumber Liquidators, and yes you are dealing with one of their hardwood products. I'm hoping to get more feedback on Elastilon but it's become elusive.

Acclimation? As long as possible with bamboo. Just keep a eye on keeping the area stable as far as Rh is concerned...but don't take it as a major science project. Before and after. Not a good answer eh?

Saw blade? I've been happy with 40 tooth carbide blades (miter saw)

Stagger? As far apart as possible for best look, but don't get too perfect.

Cutting in Garage? No problem. It's continual and/or prolonged moisture that causes most problems.

Elastilon? No experience, but it sounds like you have to get it right the first time in so far as placement of boards. Not so with other installation types.

Spacers? I prefer self made wedges.

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Spacing? Small layouts: 1/2 inch will work.

Guest Bath? I don't see how that should be treated any different as it will be used sparingly.


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 Post subject: Re: Noobie questions
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Thank you, I agree with the comment on Elastilon info being elusive, hard to find anything other than the company made install videos.
Got a start over the weekend (small hall with lots of notch cuts) Elastilon seems to be working pretty well once you get used to working with it.
I will do my best to review my experience with it when the job is completed, so far I would give it a thumbs up.


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 Post subject: Re: Noobie questions
PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:51 am 
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Have now finished mater bedroom with 2 huge closets. Elastilon get s a huge thumbs up from this novice installer.
I have laid tile many times, and do not enjoy messing with thinsets, grout or anything resembling the glues I might have used for this install, so the Elastilon was well worth the $, which I am told is not too much more than I would have spent on glue. It is true that you pretty much have to get it right the first time, this stuff sticks like crazy,,I'm thinking that is a good thing in the long run, and there is a barrier under the wood while you are laying, so you have plenty of time to get it right before you pull the barrier out from under the wood, exposing the sticky surface.


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