Gena Guthrie Flooring November 15th, 2018 - 06:39:50
Solid hardwood flooring looks great in any home and it can add to the value of your house, we'll show you how to install solid hardwood flooring. If you haven't prepped your floor, do that first, you can learn about that in sub floors, 3/4 inch solid hardwood needs to be installed with nails over plywood on or above grade in your home, not in a basement and not directly On concrete, follow the manufacturer's instructions for specifics.
Here's a quick overview of the installation run the flooring along the length of the room with an expansion gap at the perimeter. Solid hardwood, expands and contracts stagger the joints at least six inches and also avoid H joints. In other words, don't allow the joints to line up unless they are at least two rows apart. It's smart to calculate the width of the last row too if it will be less than one inch. Consider cutting the first row by half before you get started, determine how much flooring you'll need by multiplying the length times width of the room to get the square footage to add about 10 % extra for any warped or damaged boards.
When you have your flooring, let it acclimate to the room, temperature, and humidity for at least 72 hours. Typically, you remove the flooring from the boxes and stack it in the room. This is a good time to check for any warped or defective boards hold on to them. You can use the bad pieces to help pry the last row into place. Also, you might be able to cut off the damaged parts and use the good pieces for your install when the flooring has acclimated pick out.
The straightest boards for the first two rows hold the first board on the starting line you snapped during prep groove side toward the wall set spacers for the expansion gap. Typically, 3/4 inches face nail about 1/2 inch from the tongue side, starting about 3 inches from the ends and generally every 6 inches in between we're using an air nail gun but drill pilot holes.
If you're using a hammer and nail set tap the next piece in place with a tapping block and mallet and continue face nailing, you can fill the nail holes with matching floor. Putty later, when you get to the end, cut the board to fit remember to account for the expansion gap place, the board face up and cut with a flooring blade then install now blind nail at a 45-degree angle, every 6 inches. If using a hammer and nails be sure to drill pilot holes to start the second row, push the groove onto the tongue of the first row and tap the board's together with a tapping block, keep installing the next few rows.