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Old 01-08-2018, 04:20 PM   #1
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Due to some water damage I am going to be replacing my 3/4 X 3 1/4 red oak (number 3) with 3/4 X 5" Rustic Red Oak and just wanted to get some advice from the pros here.

In regards to the wood acclimating and checking the moisture content of the flooring I have thought it might be a good idea to buy a meter, and that is my first question: is there a particular meter I should get? I know there are different types and just wondering if a cheaper meter will work or if I should buy a more expensive one.

Another question deals with what I read on another forum concerning gluing the end joints (not the tongue and groove where floor is nailed down but where they butt together). Is that a good/bad idea?

I know I can research this but hoping to get some input from those who have experience with putting down flooring.

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Do yourself a favor and get a good pin-type meter. I use a Delmhorst J2000. It was $300 on amazon. I really like it as it comes with built in species correction.

Most pin-type meters are calibrated to douglas fir. You take a reading then refer to a chart to get the moisture content for the species in question. With a meter with built-in species correction, you set the meter to the species and when you take a reading it is what you see on the meter. Tons less confusing.

You can always sell the meter after your project is complete. Someone here might even be interested.


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Is the flooring being nailed , or Glued ?
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Another question deals with what I read on another forum concerning gluing the end joints (not the tongue and groove where floor is nailed down but where they butt together). Is that a good/bad idea?



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I've seen some manufacturers put that requirement in the installation guidelines but not really 3/4 solid.
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Is the flooring being nailed , or Glued ?
It will be nailed. If I have understood what I have read correctly it is where the ends of the boards meet that some guys glue.

I actually put the floor we have now down when we built the house and I nailed it about every 4-5". Is that too close? What kind of spacing do you guys normally use?
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The NWFA calls for 6-8" spacing, 1-3" from the ends on plank floors three inches and wider. Follow your manufacturer's instructions.


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