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In the old days people used "short" planks for flooring. Not only were they short, but they were also narrow. Does anyone have experience with Gluing Solid Hardwood Shorties, Mortise and Tenon, straight to the sub-floor, no nails?

QUALIFIER: My dad and I did it 30 years ago, and it still looks great with minimal creaking. We glued directly to a bumpy stone floor.
Now current installers tell me it can’t be done, that YOU MUST lay down a proper sub-floor, yet we did it straight to stone 30 years ago with no ill effects. Am I overlooking anything?
This is an upstairs unit, no flooding potential and I am (would like to) glue directly to a cork sub-floor which was laid down with plenty of Bostik.

I know the shorties (unfinished by the way) are labor intensive, but I am the laborer so that does not bother me.
Anyone with experience in this field, I would love to hear from you.
John

Why are you gluing hardwood floor to a wooden subfloor? You should be able to nail directly through the tongue in the flooring into the subfloor underneath. If you glue your floor to a wooden subfloor, there is no possible way for the new floor to expand and contract with the subfloor during changes in temperature and humidity. Since you glued your floor to a stone substrate, there was no need to allow for expansion and contraction. Using a pneumatic nailer will speed up the labor time as well. It’s just my opinion, but using glue on a wooden subfloor seems like a bad idea. Good luck with whatever method of attachment you choose.

2 Responses to “Hardwood Flooring Installation?”

  1. just woundering Says:

    you have to remember in those day certain thing were done with out for thought to the future even though it lasted 30 years which doesn’t surprise because on the other-side of the coin back in those days things were built much better as far as pride and workmanship the flooring guy you spoke to comes from a generation of one way thinking so to him its a routine answer which i think is part of the problem in this ind rusty to day as far as your installation not much has changed since yo did it 30 years ago other than the glue is probably better gluing straight to the sub floor in your conditions is fine
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  2. eazzzye2003 Says:

    Why are you gluing hardwood floor to a wooden subfloor? You should be able to nail directly through the tongue in the flooring into the subfloor underneath. If you glue your floor to a wooden subfloor, there is no possible way for the new floor to expand and contract with the subfloor during changes in temperature and humidity. Since you glued your floor to a stone substrate, there was no need to allow for expansion and contraction. Using a pneumatic nailer will speed up the labor time as well. It’s just my opinion, but using glue on a wooden subfloor seems like a bad idea. Good luck with whatever method of attachment you choose.
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