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Eased Edge

The cut of a 45 angle on the top edge of a plank or strip, forming a small V shaped groove when it comes together with another eased edge plank or strip on either side. It forms a slightly smaller groove than a beveled edge.

Edge Sander/Edger

Small hand sander that sands the areas close to the wall and around pipes and other obstacles that are missed by a drum sander.


Liquids that will not combine, such as water and oil.

End Matched

A tongue and groove system used on the ends of strips and planks so that when butted together, the tongue of one piece fits into the groove of the next piece.


The end of a plank or strip where it joins together with the end of another plank or strip.

Epoxy Ester

A combination of varnish and epoxy that creates a hybrid with the advantages of both.

Equilibrium Moisture Content

The ideal moisture content at which wood will not intake or expel moisture.


The ability of a floor to intake moisture, which causes it to expand.

Expansion Gap

A space left around the perimeter of the room and other obtrusions such as pipes and built in cabinets to allow for the movement and expansion of the flooring.

Expansion Spacing

Spaces placed between every two or three feet of flooring to allow the floor to expand and contract with changes to humidity and temperature.

Expansion Voids

Areas where no flooring or subfloor is installed to provide space for movement.