04:37PM | 03/20/02
Member Since: 12/28/01
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I am planning to install a pre-finished wood floor (3/4 inch) with either a beveled or micro edge. This will be the individual planks (not laminate flooring) which I know requires nailing and (I've heard) more skill to install. I'm interested in any advice or hints I can get. Thanks in advance.


05:05PM | 03/20/02
Best thing I can suggest is go to the "Expert Advise" section on this web site and seek some professional advice. There are many tips to doing the job properly when it comes to wood flooring.

If you like I am listed under the construction heading (Glenn Good) and I can send you all the information you would need on how to do the job right.


03:44PM | 03/21/02
Member Since: 09/23/01
242 lifetime posts
This is easy, You will need to rent a top nailer and an angle nailer, you may need to also rent a table saw, miter saw, etc.

#1. Check direction of floor joists, run flooring perpendicular to the joists. The job will come out better but it is not mandatory.

#2. Install vapor barrier paper or roofing felt. Staple it to the floor.

#3. Snap a chalk line, 2 1/2" from the wall you want to start at and set the tounge of your flooring on this line. TOP NAIL your first 2 rows.

#4 Run your field, lay the boards out on the floor about 6" in front of your first row. You can start from the left (or right).
If you are right handed stager your boards from the left, (if you are left handed stager your boards from the right). With the wall to the left and the first row behind you (opposite if left handed) Lay down the longest board, then one 6" shorter, in front of that one 6" shorter and so on. Stager your joints at least 6". What you will have is a stairstep effect going from right to left. Move to the right and lay down boards to continue the stairstep, keep joints at least 6" apart and watch out for joints that line up 1-2 rows away.

#5 Now start nailing, nail 2-3" from each end and every 6-8" the length of the board with an angle nailer.
Do not nail a complete row instead pull the boards from the stagered field and nail them in, working to the right (or left). What you will have will look like a staircase on the end. Continue until you reach the wall.

#6 Fill in the end. Set up a miter saw at the end you need to fill in, careful not to blow sawdust to the unfloored area. Cut your lengths and nail in place, remember to continue your stairstep. Do not nail in blocks smaller than 4"-5".

#7 When you get to the wall opposite from where you started you will need to top nail or hand toe nail the last 5-6 rows and you will need to rip a strip to fit against the . Rip it the distance from the tounge to the wall, apply glue and wedge it in place.

#8 This is the simple version. There are things you will need to do if you are going thru doorways into different rooms. Post back with?????????

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