***, how to ask so this makes sense!
in 2004 we had a walk-in bay added to the house. We had a picture window removed and they extended the floor joists and added a neat bay window area out. I guess it's called a walk-in bay? It's got a floor area, walls, etc. and large windows. Anyway, the house was all carpet except kitchen and bath, and the new bay area needed a floor. I saved a ton and did the interior finishing all myself - sheetrock, floor, all trim, etc. For the floor I built it up to the same level as the original house floor/carpet and installed engineered hardwood, a nice natural oak, the 2 1/4" wide stuff that really resembles the hardwood I grew up with. I glued that down as it was a small area and simple to do.
Fast-forward to now, we decided the carpet was getting old and showing its age and we've always wanted wood floors anyway. I told my wife "yeah, I can do that and save us a bundle" - and I can... save for one simple problem.
The bay floor is on the north side of our living room. When I glued it down I did so with the groove facing into the room. I wanted to staple the new floor - and we could not get that exact same floor any longer so I made myself tongues I inserted into the south edge of the bay flooring, and using my router table and a few tricks got the new flooring to mate up perfectly to the old/existing even though the tongues and grooves had changed in size slightly and were not the same height in the flooring. Now I have the new flooring so the tongue is facing me and am happily stapling it into place (after ripping up carpet, finding that it was particle board under that and then ripping up the particle board and installing .... OSB and oh, boy!)
So I'm working from that bay, most of the way across the living room, moving from north to south, tongues facing south and out so I can properly staple them.
That's great -and when I get to the south wall and out the opening to the living room and into the hall, it's a long hall to the west and I just keep laying from north to south across and down the hall, and when I get to our bedroom at the other end of the hall, I keep working south into the bedroom, and I'm done when I hit the south wall of our bedroom.
Well, no, I'm not - and this is the tricky part and I know someone will laugh as the answer is going to be SO simple...
There are TWO rooms on the NORTH side of the hall. But wait a minute - the north side of the flooring is the groove-side. You staple into the tongue at a 45, not into the groove. So I want to go from the hallway north into the bedrooms but the tongue will now be on the wrong side of the floor boards.
I know how this would go for me - so start on the north wall and work south until you get to the hall, right? I thought of that and then thought - sure - one slip and I end up 1/4" away from the north board in the hall and have to rip and nail a tiny strip of floor, or I get there and it's 1/8" too tight for the final board....
So how does one lay floor in a hallway where the rooms go off of the hall both north and south?
Do what I did to join the new to the old - make myself a tongue that goes into the groove on the north side of the hall boards then having reversed direction, be ok working north into those rooms?
Did that book I just wrote make any sense?
Any flooring folks here?
If the TOH guys ever saw this they'd probably chuckle......... I can engineer and create my way out of a lot of things but this very simple thing has me baffled and of course the basic instructions don't say hoot about that little issue!
I guess home builders should make sure all rooms are always on the same side of a hallway to account for someone like me.