All short pieces in foyer

Q: I’m having a wood floor installed, and things have gone OK so far, and it’s taking longer than they expected. It seems like they might be trying to hurry. The wood floor is being installed in a foyer, living room, dining room, and a short “L-shaped” hallway area.

Because of the way the floor joists run, part of the “L” will have to have short pieces, and that’s understandable.

However, in the foyer area, there is a section (you can almost draw a circle around it) where very short pieces were used (1-2 feet each). It almost looks like they tried to use the ‘leftovers’ to fill in the section.

Is this common practice? I’m worried that they feel like they’re running out of time, and just doing the quickest thing possible..

A: I’m not sure what you mean by “running out of time”. Will they be shot at sunrise if they don’t finish on a certain date?

It is hard to say what is going on from my position. But I do know that you don’t want to mix up the lengths in one area (which is good) and then resort to all shorts. It sounds like you might have bought #1 common in which you have a lot of shorts, perhaps trying to save money. If that is the case, then you got what you bought.

If you hired illegals, they might be getting paid next to nothing and feel they have to rush to make a dime. Sorry to throw that in, but now it is an issue in North America. I have lost a few jobs because I was too expensive and could not do the job as fast as a crew of 5 guys. In the end, you get what you pay for.