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Butt joints are used all the time, and with no problem. Here are a few examples of how a transition is normally accomplished, and another example of laying a boarder. In none of these is a spline used. It isn't used for two reasons. The first being that it just isn't needed. The second is that more damage could be done by attempting to put a groove in for a spline.


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I guess I'm lucky that I work with guys who in tall hardwood floors...
 

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I won't argue the point I only hope the poster understands that the end groove is not necessary and that he doesn't try to somehow put a groove in the existing boards. I will leave this last video in hopes that it will help others understand how to do a floor repair in the real world.

Back to your post #12 . I wouldn't recommend butt jointing. I have the same issue considering putting addition hardwood in a beroom.. routing for a spline is the way I know to do it correctly..

Is it possible your talking about thin laminate flooring?
 

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If he’s talking about vinyl or laminate flooring then yes, they have tongues/grooves on both ends. But then, he a) doesn’t understand the difference between hardwood flooring and laminate and b) who the hell routs laminate slats ??


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I guess you'll have to ask the one who brought it up..
 

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Turned out nice...

When I did mine,I had never done raw hardwoods before, but worked around flooring buys all.the time and learned. Went all the way around and screwed the floor down. I decided on an angle using aces. 8-12" long. The salesman said many dont like the shorts because it makes a floor look too busy. In my case its oak and it's a busy looking wood anyway. I put a wide oak boarder around it to change it up and figured for door and fireplace tile. I used a Powernailer,sanded and finished my floor s in poly. I had never sanded before with a floor sander , but it turned out about 95% percent good with a ripple here and the and an occasional scratch in missed with the pc sander. Mine are about 17 year old now and getting close to needing refinished..
 
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