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Shall have the face practically free of all defects, but the natural
color of the wood shall not be considered a defect. The highest standard
grade, combines a nearly uniform appearance with exceptional durability.
The following characters are admitted: variations in the natural color
of the wood, heartwood and sapwood: an occasional small, firm pin knot
or bird peck, not over 1/8" in diameter, provided it does not occur on
edges or ends of strips; dark streaks not over 1/4" wide and 3" long (or
its equivalent one for every 3 ft. in length); slight checks not over
1/2" long, provided check is boxed within the piece; small burls; slight
torn grain or slight intermittent machine burn; or similar defect which
can be readily removed by the ordinary method of sanding the floor after
it is laid; a slightly shallow place not over 12" long on underside of
the flooring if it does not extend to either end of the piece. Pieces
with 1/2 tongue for no more that 25% of the length are allowed. The wood
must be free of shake. Bark streaks shall not be permitted. Packaging:
8' or shorter, nested or bundled. Pieces/bundles shall be 1 1/4' and longer
through 7' or 8' as the stock will produce (9" Minimum, 102" Maximum).
Average length 3 1/4'. Average length for 7' and shorter packages, nested
or otherwise - 3'.
A floor with varying wood characteristics and colors to include
heavy streaks, stained sapwood, sound knots, checks and small splits.
All defects must readily fill and be sound. The following characteristics
are admitted: broken knots up to 1/2" in diameter; distinct color variations
(predominantly dark, discolored pieces not allowed); sticker stain/shadow;
numerous dark streaks or black spots; checks to 1/16" not exceeding
3" in length, and running parallel and well inside the strip edges;
small end split 1/16" x 1/2" showing no movement; bird pecks to 1/2"
where bark is sound and as hard as surrounding wood. Minor imperfections
in machining permitted; torn grain (less than 1/16" deep and 3" long
for full width); slightly torn edges, and an occasional dark machine
burn 1/2" in width (1 per 3'). Will admit pieces with 1/2 full tongue
entire length of piece. Packaging: 8' or shorter, nested or bundled.
Pieces/bundles shall be 1 1/4' and longer through 7' or 8' as the stock
will produce (9" Minimum, 102" Maximum). Average length 2 3/4'. Average
length for 7' and shorter packages, nested or otherwise- 2 1/2'.
A combination of FIRST GRADE and SECOND GRADE developing from the
production run. The lowest graded pieces allowed are SECOND GRADE. Packaging:
8' or shorter, nested or bundled. Pieces/bundles shall be 1 1/4' and
longer through 7' or 8' as the stock will produce (9" Minimum, 102"
Maximum). Average length 2 3/4'. Average length for 7' and shorter packages,
nested or otherwise- 2 1/2'.
Must be of such character as will lay and give a good serviceable floor.
The wood must be firm, and may contain defects of every character. This
grade is intended to give a "rustic" appearance. The following defects
are not allowed: knot holes over 3/8" in diameter or unsound knots where
the unsound portion is over 1" in diameter (the unsound portion can
not extend through piece); shake, soft rot, splits and open defects
which extend through piece or show movement, torn grain more than 1/4"
deep, edge splinters, and imperfections in manufacture which would materially
impair the serviceability.
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