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hoob wrote:
Jan 6th, 2018 6:55 pm
After an extended schedule, flooring complete aside from some backordered nosing. The Vintage product was excellent with, literally, only 4 planks rejected due to bad milling/beveling out of 340sf installed (17 boxes.) I have a full two boxes leftover.

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Hi Patrick, first time on here so hope I post correctly. Our builder is offering us a large selection of hardwood to choose from through their flooring supplier's store. Wondering if you have any knowledge or feedback on these two products I've narrowed it down to. One is Torly's Super Solid 5 Handscraped Oak Foothills (engineered) & the other is Preverco Ash Santa Fe Brushed Texture. I was told that while Torly's is also Canadian owned like Preverco, it's product is made in China but made to North American regulated higher standards. Both seem attractive options as I need pet friendly. I know you've mentioned Birch & Maple not being as hard as oak but how does the ash I mention above compare? Thanks!
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patrob wrote:
Jan 7th, 2018 9:38 pm
Bring your humidity of the house up to 40% for minimum of a week.
How? Buy a furnace humidifier? Isn't it normal to have low humidity in -20 temps?
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incongruent wrote:
Jan 9th, 2018 11:01 pm
How? Buy a furnace humidifier? Isn't it normal to have low humidity in -20 temps?
Simmer a stock bot or pasta pot full of water on the stove non-stop for a few days (not overnight and only when you are in the house, for safety.)
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hoob wrote:
Jan 10th, 2018 12:21 am
Simmer a stock bot or pasta pot full of water on the stove non-stop for a few days (not overnight and only when you are in the house, for safety.)
Buy an electric humidifier with automatic shutoff, from the drug store. Safer than leaving the burner of stove on. Or replace the mesh of your furnace's humidifier.
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incongruent wrote:
Jan 9th, 2018 11:01 pm
How? Buy a furnace humidifier? Isn't it normal to have low humidity in -20 temps?
That is the reason for a humidifier! If you don't have a furnace with humidifier and cannot control the humidity above 35% consistently you should not be installing hardwood. Simple.
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I read in -20 temperature, humidity should not be that high. http://www.dougtarryhomes.com/articles/ ... propriate/

Anyway the house is 22% now that it's near zero the last few days.
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That is the reason for a humidifier! If you don't have a furnace with humidifier and cannot control the humidity above 35% consistently you should not be installing hardwood. Simple.
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Hi Patrick, first time on here so hope I post correctly. Our builder is offering us a large selection of hardwood to choose from through their flooring supplier's store. Wondering if you have any knowledge or feedback on these two products I've narrowed it down to. One is Torly's Super Solid 5 Handscraped Oak Foothills (engineered) & the other is Preverco Ash Santa Fe Brushed Texture. I was told that while Torly's is also Canadian owned like Preverco, it's product is made in China but made to North American regulated higher standards. Both seem attractive options as I need pet friendly. I know you've mentioned Birch & Maple not being as hard as oak but how does the ash I mention above compare? Thanks!
Ash has very similar look to oak. IMO I would go with Preverco. Torlys is great with laminate.
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How? Buy a furnace humidifier? Isn't it normal to have low humidity in -20 temps?
Not that low. Central humidifier is not sufficient enough to increase humidity from 16%. You may need a portable humidifier (not the little one from Walmart) together with central humidifier.
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Ok. I am picking flooring for a 1100 sq foot condo. Options are
  • laminate, this is a standard option.
  • Hardwood option 2, cost $5600
  • Hardwood option 3, cost $9200
Option 2 is 1/4 particle board and 1/8 or 1/6 inch wood veneer.

Option 3 is may be 1/4 inch plywood and then wood veneer.

If I was to go with laminate, what is the after market cost of getting laminate replaced and getting a decent hardwood floor installed. Total square footage where hardwoood is required might be 950 sq foot. Is builder offering a good deals?
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Ok. So I'm about to get 75 boxes delivered to my house from lowes.


Will they just unload it on my driveway? My garage? Carry into my front room? What arey delivery options?

How high can I stack these boxes and what was your strategy for where to put all that wood while you're waiting to start the work?
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Make a space in your front room and put down tarp. Let the wood acclimatize to the interior temperature that way--for a few days. (You really didn't figure this out prior to arranging delivery?)
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Ok. So I'm about to get 75 boxes delivered to my house from lowes.


Will they just unload it on my driveway? My garage? Carry into my front room? What arey delivery options?

How high can I stack these boxes and what was your strategy for where to put all that wood while you're waiting to start the work?
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Ok. I am picking flooring for a 1100 sq foot condo. Options are
  • laminate, this is a standard option.
  • Hardwood option 2, cost $5600
  • Hardwood option 3, cost $9200
Option 2 is 1/4 particle board and 1/8 or 1/6 inch wood veneer.

Option 3 is may be 1/4 inch plywood and then wood veneer.

If I was to go with laminate, what is the after market cost of getting laminate replaced and getting a decent hardwood floor installed. Total square footage where hardwoood is required might be 950 sq foot. Is builder offering a good deals?
If it's single plank laminate, then stay with laminate. It will be easier and cheaper to go with the builder for hardwood. Most contractors don't want to deal with condos due to restricted work hours, inaccessibility, etc. and they charge extra because of that. In the end will cost you more than the builder but you might be able to get a nicer product and not limited to what builder offers.
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incongruent wrote:
Jan 14th, 2018 8:56 am
Ok. So I'm about to get 75 boxes delivered to my house from lowes.


Will they just unload it on my driveway? My garage? Carry into my front room? What arey delivery options?

How high can I stack these boxes and what was your strategy for where to put all that wood while you're waiting to start the work?
You should confirm with Lowes but wood should be inside the house not garage! Is the wood wrapped in plastic?
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In the process of deciding between the Kronotex Superior Evolution 12mm (7" w x 60" long) and the Torly's Elka 12mm (7.5" w x 49" long). Between the Kronotex and Torly's which is a better product and why?

I am trying to figure out which way to best lay down laminate flooring. Should I lay it down as A throughout the entire basement (not including the Mech and Workshop area) or should I lay it down as B? Initial thought tells me I should run it as A, but I'm not sure since if running it B will make the room look wider and nicer? The large open area measures approximately (36' long x 17' wide), theatre room measures (17' long x 15' wide)


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