Q: I was wondering if you could answer some questions for me and give a little guidance. I’m a tile installer 95% and on occasion I install some hardwood or laminate. I am heading out to Montana in late April to do all the tile and hardwood in a friends new cabin.
There isn’t going to be any heat or electric at the cabin while I’m installing besides a generator to run tools and a fireplace that I will use intermittently for heat. I’m concerned about temperature and moisture changes without the cabin being more finished. I’ll be installing refinished hardwood, he hasn’t picked a species yet. I’m guessing 3/4″.
Any advice? Should I have him hold out on the hardwood until the place is temperature controlled? He will only be maintaining a 50F temp in the cabin when he isn’t there.
A: Given the setting, I think you can only have so much control over the temperature. My bigger concern would be moisture. If this is a new building, it now has a roof and is all closed in but at some point, everything was fully exposed and got wet. You are going to need a moisture meter to check the levels in the hardwood and the subfloor you will be installing on. There should not be more than a 4% difference. If the subfloor