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Hardwood flooring adds warmth and beauty to any room. It’s also a great way to increase the value of your home. These instructions will show you how to install a ¾-inch-thick solid hardwood floor over a plywood subfloor.
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Be sure to wear your safety glasses throughout the project.
Using the straightest boards, lay the first row of flooring along the guideline, with the tongue side facing the room.
Place spacers between the flooring and the wall for the expansion gap.
Face-nail the first row of boards in place with a hammer and a nail set.
For the second row, fit the groove on the tongue of the first row.
Place the second row so that the ends are at least 6 inches apart from the first row.
Repeat the process until you can use the pneumatic nail gun.
When installing the rest of the floor, mix planks so you don't have patches of similar colors and grains. This will give the floor a more random pattern.
Dry-fit a few rows together before you install them to see how they look and to speed up the installation.
Install the rest of the floor by blind-nailing the planks.
Continue laying the floor across the room, staggering the ends at least 6 inches apart.
If you have vents or columns, cut the planks to fit.
When you get to the last few rows where the pneumatic nailer won’t fit, face-nail the boards as you did when beginning the floor.
For the last row, you may have to cut the pieces to fit.
Once the last row is attached, install the transition pieces according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
When your transitions are in place, remove the spacers, trim the underlayment and install the baseboards and shoe moulding.
Keep one to two cartons of your hardwood flooring so you can fix any potential problems in the future, like a damaged board.