Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood Flooring

Built to last

I recently tiled my own kitchen and it required me to install an oak nosing at one doorway. I put the nosing in using the standard procedure we generally use (unless asked not to do so) when we install stairs and stair nosings. Why these pieces?

Because stairs and stair nosings actually extend out and slightly overhang a vertical surface such as a riser the area is usually 1″ to 1 1/2″ overhanging. When you leverage hundreds of pounds of force multiple times in the form of foot traffic, then the area can become loose and dangerous.  Ask most seasoned carpenters about building for the long haul and you’ll hear the phrase “glue and screw”. Let’s investigate a little deeper.

Glues can come in many shapes sizes and I prefer PL Polyurethane adhesive because it is very tolerant of temperature and moisture swings. This is not entirely true for traditional wood glue, which can shrink as it cures, causing it to fracture over time and loose its strength.

For screws, we love the #10 trimhead screws-2 3/4″ length with threads in two different directions. These screws leave a small footprint-approx. 1/8″ in diameter. Because there are threads in two directions, it makes it impossible for the screw to back out. In fact, if you hit resistance you can turn your power driver to reverse and with additional pressure these screws will actually sink even farther into the wood.

After being screwed into an area, we will create a 1/4″ recess and apply grain-matched wood plugs. If the plug is well matched then the area with the screw will look pretty seamless in appearance.

You cannot always see what creates quality right away. But time is the greatest judge of a well built project and if value is on your mind, then I urge you to weight longevity greatly over bottom line pricing.

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