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#1 posted 02-14-2018 03:15 PM

I don’t have a specific gap in mind, I just know you should have some allowance for expansion. You can find how much a six inch hemlock board can expand on-line, but it really depends on the moisture content of the wood when you install it and what kind of humidity swings it will see. I would bring the wood on to the site and allow it to acclimate just like you would when installing flooring. It is the winter heating season here and the humidity in the house is low. There are a few gaps between boards in my maple floor. They will be game by Spring when we open the windows for some fresh air.

- Kazooman

I put the wood in the house two weeks ago to acclimate. We were waiting on the fireplace to be delivered. Im going to look up expansion rate now… Thanks a lot.

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