Q. What's the proper procedure for acclimating wood flooring to the moisture content of a building before installation?

A. Howard Brickman, a wood-flooring contractor and consultant in Norwell, Mass., responds: One of the enduring myths of the wood-floor business is that you can prevent swelling and shrinkage problems if you just let the flooring acclimate for x days before installation (supply your own value for x).

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