Base Shoe – A molding designed to be attached to base molding to cover expansion space. Similar to quarter round in profile.
Beveled Edge – Usually found on prefinished, and presanded flooring. Basically defined as a small cut along the length of all four edges, at a 45 degree angle. This helps ensure that there will be no sharp or rough edges on the finished floor.
Board-Foot – A unit of measurement of lumber represented by a board 1 foot long, 12 inches wide, and 1 inch thick or its cubic equivalent. In practice, the board foot calculation for lumber 1 inch or more in thickness is based on its nominal thickness and width and the actual length. Lumber with a nominal thickness of less than 1 inch is calculated as 1 inch.
Crack – Anywhere there is a gap between two boards. Usually on the entire length of a seam.
What are the width tolerence’s for unfinished and prefinished flooring from a manufacturing perspective. Alot of our product is 1/32 to 1/16 varience short in width. Most are like that throughout the whole board. IS this acceptable. Example: I have 2000 sqft unfinished flooring at 5.5″ width. Most is right on the money at 5.5″ some is 1/32 or a 1/16 short in width. What is the best way to approch the problem>Casey
I’m not exactly sure on how acceptable the shorter boards are. We have had that problem before, and I think it’s more common in number 2 wood, but if you’re using number 1 or select, I think you should talk to the distributer. 1/32 isn’t too bad, but 1/16 sounds like a lot to me.
I can check with my boss on all this, but when it comes right down to it, 1/16th variance is just going to mean you use more filler and, depending on how many rows of wood you lay down, you could run into problems if you want it to be square with the walls on both ends. And if there is one wall that has to be square (ie: one with kitchen cabinets), you should start on that end, because it will probably be off a little when you get to the other side (It’s usually not a big deal if you have baseboard to cover it up).