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I will be installing 3/4" x 3" wide Bellawood solid Brazilian Teak flooring over a sublfoor made of 3/4" thick x 3" wide tongue and groove boards in my kitchen. The new flooring will be running in the same direction as the sub-floor and I’m hoping I can nail directly to the sub-floor instead of laying down 1/4" luan first. I’ve heard that the luan can be soft in some spots and isn’t as good of a quality as it use to be. Plus it’ll just add to the height issue going into the next room. If I were to center my first course of the new boards over the seam of my sub-floor boards, would this add to the strength and prevent any dipping? Or would that make a difference at all? My sub-floor feels real sound, it’s smooth and about as even as possible, and I’ve added ring shank nails at the joists to ensure they are down tight. I haven’t bought anything yet and will be making some calls tomorrow to the distributor and hopefully the manufacturer to see what they say. But I wanted to see if anyone else has done this with success.

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According to the flooring’s specs. it’s 82% harder than oak. Though that might be due more to the finish than the actual wood. And I am running the new flooring in the same direction as the sublfoor boards, perpendicular to the joists. The house was built in ’28 but I think the sub-floor was replaced in the kitchen during a remodel in the 60s or 70s. The old lenoleum floor was glued directly to the sub-floor and there was no sign of any splitting in the flooring before we ripped it up and sanded the sub-floor to remove the old adhesive.
And each of the sub-floor boards run the full length of the 11′ long room. So the only joints I have are length wise, perpendicular to the joists.
Oops…the room is 15′ long….sorry.
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I agree, I don’t have all the clues to what I am doing. But I’ve managed to learn more than enough to get it done as I go. I’ve reframed walls that were hacked up from previous remodels, raised a sagging corner of the house, fabricated and installed new mudsill, new joists, repiped the house in copper, done my own electrical, dwv piping, windows, siding, drywall, including a hand made range hood surround and arched doorways, window casings, replaced my sewer, gas and water main lines…. Maybe that’s too much work? Maybe I should sit on my ass watching movies or playing video games all day and let someone else do things for me?
You really think with the kind of questions I’m asking that I don’t have at least some idea of what to do? The way I see my situation, as I stated, I have a couple different directions to go. I’m just looking for people who have done this and what their results were. And if YOU have some experience then help a guy out and share what you know.

i installed a similar floor in my living room and i did the same as you and got a lot of advise first. you don’t need the luan, just lay a tar paper or red rosin paper on the sub-floor first. i would recommend running the hardwood perpendicular to the sub-floor if possible but you always wanna run perpendicular to the floor joists. you are already nailing through one of nature’s hardest woods, you don’t want to hit a joist. if possible chalk lines where the joists are so you don’t hit them with the nailer as the nail could spin around and ruin the plank. good luck, keep my email if you run into a snag or you need any tips southfloridaslate@yahoo.com

3 Responses to “Another solid wood flooring installation question?”

  1. Dave B Says:

    You have a sub floor of 3" wide boards? Wow, haven’t seen that before. If you are installing the new floor perpendicular or square to the floor joists you should be great. I wouldn’t be comfortable running the new floor with the joists. (Check with your supplier as to how soft Brazilian Teak is and how it may dent easily)
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  2. eurometrix Says:

    I love people who have no clue what are they doing! do not ask ever or leave it to professional please,
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  3. REAL SLATER Says:

    i installed a similar floor in my living room and i did the same as you and got a lot of advise first. you don’t need the luan, just lay a tar paper or red rosin paper on the sub-floor first. i would recommend running the hardwood perpendicular to the sub-floor if possible but you always wanna run perpendicular to the floor joists. you are already nailing through one of nature’s hardest woods, you don’t want to hit a joist. if possible chalk lines where the joists are so you don’t hit them with the nailer as the nail could spin around and ruin the plank. good luck, keep my email if you run into a snag or you need any tips southfloridaslate@yahoo.com
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