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I'm working as a sub doing built in's and trundle beds but the GC just got a delivery of wide plank flooring, ~3/4" thick t&g birch roughly 10" wide. Its a huge amount of flooring and at lunch we were going over the different ways that the instal could go poorly, cupping, excessive shrinkage etc…

The house is a 1800's greek revival in Vermont, basement is crushed stone with or without plastic under the stone. I don't think there is any plywood in the subfloor, its two layers of 3/4" boards, one subfloor, one finish floor.

How would you recommend installing this for the best performance? The lumber is acclimating in the room now, its supposed to have arrived at 10%MC.

The flooring will be installed before july 16th, which means that if properly acclimated the flooring will only shrink, not expand.

What say you flooring experts?
 

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Start with a clean, clear floor
Hand nail the first board
Use a power stapler for solid fastening
Cut boards to fit around corners
Wedge bowed boards straight
Rout grooves in boards to handle special features
Craft the final boards to fit snuggly
Add style with antique cut nails
Rub in an oil finish
 
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