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    Default How much to allow for cutting and waste

    We're building and considering the flooring options one of which is timber, I plan to try and buy complete packs at auctions hopefully at fire sale prices so it is unlikely we will be able to duck down to the flooring shop to buy an extra few meters should we need it.
    I've measured up the amount needed in both square meters and also linear meters and we are ready to buy. I do need to know how much to allow for cutting around door ways wastage etc so we aren't caught short with not much hope of buying flooring to match.
    When we picked up the bathroom tiles, the tiling shop (Life's Tiles) said allow an extra 25% for wastage and cutting with the result that I had about 15% too much, they however offer to credit back any full boxes left over, we won't be able to do this with the flooring.
    The complete house will have the same flooring right through with the exception of the wet areas.

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    Default How much to allow for cutting and waste

    From memory we used 10% on top for wastage etc

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    I was quoted 5% recently however if I was in your situation buying from auction I would go for 10% as this will allow you to keep some boards and also allow you the option to throw away any dodgy boards.

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    You will find auction packs have a high percentage of shorts


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    Quote Originally Posted by barney118 View Post
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    I've never bought them but have heard this is true. 10% wastage (what we were taught at trade school) would not be enough I would think. Too risky as you don't know what you're getting. False economy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barney118 View Post
    You will find auction packs have a high percentage of shorts


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    This is true, they also tend to be utility or feature grade so you will have a lot more natural features in the timber such as knots, gum veins, face checking etc which is fine if you like that sort of look but could increase your wastage and the amount of finishing you need to do.
    I would allow 25-30% wastage, but I have a wood burner to take the offcuts....

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    I have bought 1600lm of decking from auctions and I just top up from local timber supplier to match in. For flooring you sometime find different profile that don't match.


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    Thanks for all of the replies, we've found a supplier here in Adelaide at Royal Park that claims he is an importer selling direct to the public, prices look to be around 2/3 retail, we're going to have a look during the week. Not quite as cheap as auction stuff but still good prices, as we are not buying a pack we shouldn't have a problem with shorts and I'm going to see if I can pick the suff my self which should minimise the amount of natural features.
    We are still a bit undecided though, after looking around on the weekend, my wife has taken a liking to vinyl planks (lino) looks to be very practical and hard wearing and easy to lay, but .... it is still lino.

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