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FIRST GRADE
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'.

SECOND GRADE
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'.

SECOND & BETTER
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'.

THIRD GRADE
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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