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Well, it's been over a year with no expansion issues or buckling at all, so it looks like I got away with no expansion gap in front of the door. Note that this may not be the case for all installations, but it was for mine. Some other factors that I imagine played a role: The annual humidity extremes in my city are 90%/66% morning/afternoon during August, ...


You sure can. In fact, it's often best practice to start in a hallway, which is one of the places where a crooked installation really shows against the walls By starting there you minimize the chance of visual oddity. Typically, wood flooring is installed parallel to the longer side of the room. In the case of a hallway, you'd run it lengthwise.

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