Hardwood floor installationThe installation of a hardwood floor is not an easy job. You will need a lot of equipment and most important of all you will need some carpenter skills. Assuming that your skills are just sufficient, let’s take a look at what carpenter equipment you will need.
First of all you will need some saws. You don’t know how fine the cut needs to be, so you will need circular and classic saws. Another tool is the nailing machine, better to be a pneumatic one. This makes the job a lot easier. The machine uses a special type of nails and can easily drive them through any material, at the desired depth and angle. You can try to hand nail the floor but you can very easily make a mistake.
Before installation you will need to go through some steps. The first thing you need to do is put the wood floor in your house, so that it can acclimate with the humidity and temperature. You should do this with at least 3 or 4 days before the installation. If it’s possible, put the wood in the room that you are going to install it.
The sub-floor, to which the hardwood floor is applied, should be securely attached to the floor joists, should be very clean and dry. After this, you will need to test the sub-floor for squeaks. If you discover any parts that move of squeak, then use some screws and fix the sub-floor better to the floor joists.
Next, use a long metal straightedge to discover the bumps or low spots in the floor. You can fill the low spots with floor leveling compound or you can use multiple layers of asphalt-saturated felt paper. Every floor should have at least one layer of asphalt-saturated felt paper. This will protect the sub-floor from humidity and will keep it squeaky-free.
Another important thing that you can do is install the floor perpendicular to the floor joists, or even diagonally. You should know that installing the floor diagonally will require more tools and experience.
You will need to make sure that you install the floor pieces in a random manner. They will come packed in different sizes, so don’t try to install more pieces that have the same size or look in the same place.
You will need to use a rubber mallet to pound the pieces into place, against the ones already nailed to the floor. Each strip needs to be tight along the the edge of the other strips.
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