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Basic Guide for Installing Hardwood Floor

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

If you're interested in installing hardwood flooring in your home whether it be in a kitchen, living room or bedroom, these basic tips will help you with the project. Hardwood flooring gives your home a more elegant, sophisticated and upscale look. This home improvement adds value to any home due to the beauty and sophistication it adds. In this brief article, you will see the basic steps to install hardwood floor.

One of the first things you'll need to do is strip away the current flooring in the room you're putting hardwood floor in. If the room is in a new house and doesn't have carept or tile on it already, then you'll be ok to go to the next step. Otherwise, you will need to exert some effort in pulling up the carpet using tools to cut it loose. If you have a hard tile down, you may want to use a multipurpose tool such as a Dremel or Fein Multimaster tool to pry up any grout or adhesive under the tiles. In some tougher situations, you may want to invest in a heavy duty roofing tool to pry up additional tile and wood which may be nailed to the floor. Remove any molding or trim which runs as a baseboard on your walls as well.

Once you have removed all carpet or tile, it is time to sweep and vacuum the dust and debris up. Do this until the surface is as clean as possible, so you won't have uneven surfaces for putting your new floor on. Also make sure any additional nails or staples are removed from the floor as necessary. Once you have completed this step, you will need to put down tar paper to cover the entire floor. For most average-size rooms, one to two rolls should work just fine. Lay the paper across the room in the same direction you intend to put the hardwood flooring. Use scissors to cut each strip of tar paper and then with the help of someone holding it down, use a stapler tool to staple the paper down securely.

When your floor has been fully covered with tar paper, you can begin picking out pieces of hardwood flooring to go across the room. If your room has any sort of molding or trim along the bases of the walls, this may need to be factored in. Make sure the starting piece of wood will have enough of a gap from the wall to ensure the trim will be able to go back on. Lay pieces down until you have completed an entire row. Once you have your pieces for a row selected, you can begin to use a pneumatic nailer to secure the pieces. Make sure they are connected to each other securely, so there are no gaps in between pieces. Do this with each row, but keep in mind you may run into some issues should you find any pieces of warped or uneven hardwood flooring.

This article should give you the basic idea of how to put down hardwood flooring in your specific room. Make sure you have the necessary tools including a stapler tool, pneumatic nailer, tar paper, scissors, tape measure, pry bar and enough hardwood flooring to cover the specific floor.



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