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Old 02-16-2013, 12:03 PM  
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Ok, so I've run into a problem, there is a landing near the top of the stairs it is roughly 36"x33". It is currently covered with what appears to be oak. The oak isn't necessarily togune and groove but has a Z like profile. It's not in all that great of shape. My thought is to replace it.

I'm wondering if I can use the excess 1" red oak I had after I ripped each tread. I measured and I have enough material, but I don't have a way of routing in the T&G without purchasing that bit.

Can I just cut and glue up the remnant strips and then glue it in place? leaving a 1/8" expansion gap? or do I need to convert the material to T&G?

I'm not sure what's under the existing flooring but using the left over red oak would make the entire stairs the same.



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Old 02-16-2013, 01:09 PM  
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Also, would this be a good time to break out the biscuit joiner?



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Old 02-17-2013, 07:03 AM  
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If I were doing it I believe I would find some unfinished red oak flooring. They should also be able to supply a stair nosing that would match. When it is down you can stain and varnish to match your new treads. You can try using your leftovers if you are looking for a challenge. Depending on your equipment, expertise and the look you want it maybe the way to go. Go t&g, with no glue. I would not go the biscuit joiner route.

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I agree with fireguy. New flooring not that expensive and can be stained to match plus T&G stronger joints. I'd also use glue so no squeak.

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Called both Home Depot and Menards today, neither carry unifinshed red oak T&G. I might try a local lumber yard tomorrow. Thanks for the info everyone.

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http://www.lumberliquidators.ca/can/s/solid-hardwood-flooring/unfinished-flooring
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Also try flooring stores. Unfinished is out there.

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I'm wondering if ill need to rent a floor nailer for this, seems like a big expense for such a small space.

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For this small an area I understand the resistance to renting floor nailer. Since you said earlier you had a trim gun with 2 1/2" nails, you could try nailing and glueing the floor with that. Nail at an angle like you would with a floor nailer. Try a couple pieces to see how you do and decide if you think it will work the way you want it to.

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Yes the finish nailer will work but be sure to crank up maximum air pressure and depth of nail penetration. Oak is extremely dense, which you probly already know.



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