All under floors to be thoroughly repaired and cleaned before the upper floors are laid.
Sheathing Paper. - Lay one thickness of (Manahan's A Brand, double-ply) parchment sheathing between the upper and under flooring throughout first story, and one layer of Cabot's double-ply, asbestos covered deafening quilt between the flooring throughout the second story. Nail 3/8-inch strips on top of the deafening quilt over the floor beams.
Wherever floors have settled so as to be out of level, they are to be furred by strips set over the beams and sized to bring the upper floor to a true level.
Hard Wood Floors. - The front hall, first story, is to have an upper floor of quarter-sawed white oak, 7/8 x 2½ inches, matched laid in herring bone pattern, as per detail, with 14-inch border and blind nailed.
The library and dining room to have parquetry floor 3/16-inch thick, laid over white pine flooring.
The kitchen, butler's pantry, laundry and back hall in first and second stories are to have upper floor of 4-inch (2 ½-inch) first quality, quarter-sawed hard pine flooring, matched and blind nailed and tightly strained.
The dining room and library are to have an upper floor of ¾x4-inch matched second quality pine boards, blind nailed and tightly strained, and planed to a perfectly level surface to receive the parquetry floorings which will be furnished and laid under another contract.
All other rooms and closets throughout the (first and second stories) to have tipper floor of 7/8x4-inch first and second clear hard pine flooring, matched and blind nailed and tightly strained, or, to have upper floor of 7/8x6-inch second quality white pine flooring (or first quality spruce flooring), carefully jointed, laid breaking joint every 2 feet, tightly strained and nailed over every bearing with two 8d. floor nails.
All end joints in flooring to be cut over a bearing in every case Matched flooring to break joint in every course. Make mitred borders around all hearths and registers. All upper floors to be thoroughly kiln-dried, and brought directly from the kiln to the building, and to be kept dry during the transfer.
All hard wood floors, including the hard pine floor in kitchen, butler's pantry, laundry and back hall, to be smoothed and traversed by hand as soon as laid with all plane marks scraped out. Soft wood floors to have all ridges caused by uneven thickness smoothed off, but not traversed.
Protection. - The carpenter is to call upon the painter to oil the hard pine floors that are to be traversed as soon as they are smoothed, and is to protect the hard wood floors by two thicknesses of sheathing paper, the under thickness waterproof, properly put down and maintained in good condition until the painter starts filling. The carpenter to be responsible for the condition of these floors until that time.