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melprice 07-12-2002 09:44 AM

End Joints in New Floor
I have just bought some engineered hardwood flooring and I'm going to try and install it this weekend. It doesn't come in single planks like some I've seen, it's has 3 planks pre-glued.

The instructions are unclear about the second row of 3, I assume you wouldn't just lay them next to each other or else the end joints would all be in one line.

I'm thinking I would chop something off the second plank so the seams don't line up. Anyone done this?

thenewkid64 07-12-2002 09:51 AM


I have not personally done this but I ahve seen it done on many a DIY show. My reccomendation id to cut one in half. This lets you use both of the pieces and then you will have a running bond (offset) throuout the floor. This will be much stronger that letting the seams line up and will help to prevent buckling and seperation. So full plank, 1/2 plank, full plank, etc. is how I would do it to strart. of course when you get to the other end you will need to cut to fit.

good luck, and post some pics, we would all love to see how it turns out!

InsideOut 07-12-2002 11:47 AM

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I would suggest staggering the joints of whole the sections by alternately starting the first row with a whole section then the second row with a half section, then a whole section at the third row, a half section at the fourth row, etc. I think this is the same as what Brett has already suggested, but a diagram might help, I've attached one below...

Good Luck!


Pahaska 07-12-2002 12:16 PM

I have seen it done in thirds, also. Full sheet, 1/3, 2/3, full sheet. That way end seams are always separated by at least 2 widths of uncut sheet. That appears to be the way our diningroom is floored.

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