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Step By Step Hardwood Floor Installation Guide
http://www.naturalwoodfloors.bizIf you have decided to install your own hardwood flooring, you are no doubt already a seasoned "do it yourselfer".  Hardwood floor installations take some skill and experience working with floors and working with the tools you will need.  But since you have already thought about whether to leave the installation to the experts or not and you decided to go ahead with the installation yourself, you know that the first step is to make a plan.  Here are some major steps to be taken when putting in your own hardwood floor.

·    Prepare the room

Before the flooring even arrives, you can clean up the existing flooring and take up as much as needs to go before he new hardwood flooring is installed over the top of it.  You can also take out furniture, carpet and anything that will get in the way when the new flooring shows up.  Make a plan for where the hardwood planks will be "staged" so you can conduct the installation without difficulty.

·    Lay the sub flooring

Following the guidelines that you may have gotten from the flooring manufacturer or other source material, lay down the layer of flooring that will become the base for the hardwood flooring.  This is often plywood.  Measure and carefully lay the sub floor planks so they will be in proper position when you lay the hardwood planks over them so they can receive the nails in proper alignment.  Secure the sub flooring to the slab but do not allow any nails to protrude as this might compromise the hardwood planks when you begin that installation.

·    Assemble your tools.  

This is another step to be done before the flooring arrives.  You can also purchase the nails and adhesives you will need and even lay the sub flooring.  This is good use of the time you are waiting for the hardwood flooring panels to arrive.  If you get out ahead of the installation so when the truck backs up with your hardwood flooring, you can begin your installation right away.

·    Lay the first three rows carefully.

These three rows are crucial because they will determine how well the flooring is aligned to the room.  Also learn to snap together the hardwood panels and glue and clamp them so they become one flooring.  Hardwood flooring panels are grooved so they "snap" together but connecting them takes both strength and delicacy.  You may need a mallet and padding to tap the panels together so they "snap" into place.  Be sure you put your glue between the panels before you finally tap them together.  Clamp them overnight so the glue takes.  Its good to do this in stages so the next day you are working with installed panels to continue the installation across the room.

·    Plan for the finish.

When you are ready to install the final panels, you will be working from the surface of the finished floor.  You will need to use other techniques to pull the remaining panels into position rather than tapping them together as you have been doing.  Also think about how you lay your tools down as you work.  Have padding ready to lay your tools on the completed flooring so you don’t scratch or gouge it with the tools a you work.

Take your time as you work so you are patient with each step.  Allow several days for the installation so you are not rushed.  At the same time, be prepared so there are not undue delays to find your tools or prepare the surface.  If you know what you are doing and you are prepared well in advance, the installation will go smoothly and you will soon have an installed hardwood floor you can be proud of.


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