Q: If the joists in a new home are running different in each room, which way is best to install and what are the problems with this?
A: ¾ Thick flooring is to be installed across the joists. For any of the thinner floor types such as 3/8 strip and laminates it doesn’t matter.
Follow-up Q: What do you do if the floor joists change direction on the same level of the house, even in a room?
A: In that case you either have to beef up the sub floor or nail and glue the floor down.
No glue floor
Q: We are going to replace carpet that is over concrete, that is in our living room and dining room. We do not want to glue down a floor and we are running into problems about selection of a good product. We are trying to install the wood up to…
Across the joists
The big question: Which way to lay the flooring? The long way - parallel to the 20' length or the short way - parallel to the 14' length.
Can finishing be done room by room?
Q: I have read all I can on floor finishing. The main floors are all hardwood. I have a question about finishing a floor room by room. Due to time restraints, I would like to know if finishing can be done room by room? Is it difficult to blend in…
Floors and weight bearing status of home
I am thinking of putting hardwood on the entire second floor of my house. Should I be concerned about the weight of either the solid or engineered floor? Will this cause problem to the structure of my house?
Installing parallel or perpendicular to the joists
I plan to install solid maple hardwood flooring over the existing 5/8" tongue and groove plywood subfloor. Do I need to install additional plywood subflooring if the hardwood flooring is going to be installed parallel to the floor joists, instead of perpendicular to the joists? Is the existing 5/8" plywood…
Floor sheen from room-to-room looking quite different
Q: We are currently in our refinishing stage and having issues with the water-based polyurethane. We used a low sheen poly, but floor sheen from room-to-room is looking quite different. One is very shiny and another quite dull. We can't think of any variations in the previous steps, so we…