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If I'm reading this right the part that is already installed is cut square and the boards you want to install have a tongue on them, so they won't connect. If this is the case the fix is simple. Cut off the tongue and butt the boards together. This is the way it is normally done when two rooms meet and the flooring is laid in a different direction. A hallway leading into a bedroom would be a good example, If the boards could be laced together that would be the best way but that isn't always possible.
 

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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.


Bamboo Wood Flooring/Part 13/How to install No Threshold Perpendicular Flooring - YouTube

Installing Hardwood Floor Borders - YouTube

How to Add On to a Wood Floor Design with Border - YouTube
 

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Either you or I am missing the point. Is part of the floor already installed? When talking about reversing direction I am talking about one floor going horizontal and the other going vertical. Is Jamma007 trying to install additional flooring that has a tongue on it to flooring that does not have a groove? If so, then good luck (especially for a non professional) to cut a groove/ slot into the existing floor. I would really like to see that slot when it reaches the wall. Maybe it could be cut with a chisel and an oscillating tool or maybe it could be cut with a kick saw or maybe it could just be only cut where it's easy to cut and then simply butt up the rest. Maybe if it was really necessary to have a slot then the guys in the above video doing boarders should be told that they are doing it wrong. The end tongue and groove help keep things lined up. A surface nail and adhesive will do the same thing.
 

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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.

 

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In this video (as well as the others) it is shown that end butt joints are used with 3/4" hardwood flooring without any attempt to cut a groove or tongue in them, In this video the board is simply cut to length and slid into the space between the existing boards. The existing boards have a tongue and groove cut on the sides to hold them tight together along their length. If you read the original post it seems like this is the problem that Jamma007 has, how to connect the ends of the new flooring to the ends of the old. The advice given to him was to somehow cut a groove in the flooring already laid in order to connect the yet unladed flooring that has the factory tongue on it. My advice was to cut the boards square and butt them together. By doing so he would not have to lace them together as shown in this repair video. An alternate way would be to cut the tongue off a long length of flooring and to butt the square edge up to the existing installed flooring and use this as a transition piece. Then continue installing the new boards as you normally would. The tongue ends of the new boards would slip into the existing groove on the transition board. This solution makes it easy to safely add on to the existing floor. The ideal solution would be to weave the two floors together to make it look perfect, but this is not what Jamma007 asked advice on doing. However, I will point out (as the video shows) he would still be cutting the newly added floors square and butting them together with the existing boards. So, in the end it's still a butt joint on the ends. As an aside, I will be adding a new to existing floor in the spring and will post pictures. It will not be possible to weave the two floors together because it is random width and difficult to get the existing width boards milled correctly. I will also show how I connected two floors going in different directions using the method I described.
 
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