Gale Reese Flooring November 13th, 2018 - 03:41:59
White oak flooring here now wasn't that long ago that the flooring was put down by hand with hand tools. There was only you know, the last 30 years or so that pneumatic staplers became the normal for how do you install flooring, so I figured we would go through what I would do to install it, we'll just hand tools, she'd be kind of fun. Let's take a look, so this project is going to start where most of my projects start with 400 square feet of white oak flooring.
Now one of the most important things about the flooring is to bring it to the same moisture level as the floor is going to be on, particularly in its space and in my area that is like five percent or less, and the oak came in at pretty Close to that, but I wanted it to sit so most the time you're gonna want to let it sit in the space for a week to two weeks and I got to let it sit for about two weeks in my shop in my space. So I just lay it out like this, so that I can put some fans on it and air dry. It bring it down a little bit more because if anything, you want to be a little bit dryer so that it will expand to fit the tight space.
Next thing I need to do is clean up the space. This is very important. You don't want any bumps or ridges on the floor, so you gotta sweep it all up and I want to lay the first line along this wall, but I don't trust the wall to be perfectly straight. So I'm gonna string up a line about 3/8 inch away from the wall on average, and this thing gives me a line that I can start off of that. I know it's perfectly straight and I can keep all my lines so straight from that point. Thankfully, my other wall was almost exactly perfect perpendicular with that line, so it worked out very well. After laying down the line, we can start laying out the underpayment.
This is a foam underpayment, a really nice pressure foam and I'm liking how it came out. It also has a water sealing barrier, so when you put a nail through it that will seal against the mail, so you don't have moisture coming up through it. This is a good time to check to see if there are any bumps underneath because you can feel very easily on the foam and see if there's anything sticking up in this case. I had a few things popping up, so I can just reach underneath to clean them out and away. We go onto the first few rows now. The first few rows are going to get nailed through the face right up against the wall so that something's holding the back of it down.
So I'm going to per-drill with my egg beater drill and I'm using a bit. That's almost the exact same size. As my finished nails and then I'm going to attach another piece to the front of the first three pieces so that I know that they are straightened, it gives me a longer straight edge that I can connect together so that my first row is perfectly straight. I cannot stress how important it is to keep the first row dead on the straight once that's in place, then I can put nails through those per-drilled holes in the back and start sinking this thing down.