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#3132737 - 01/21/13 08:21 AM Hardwood Floor question
TNDeerGuy
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Who here has installed their own hardwood floor? I'm not talking about the laminate stuff, I'm talking real hardwood planks? I'm not good with wood—metal is more my thing. Is it hard to do? Any tips?
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#3132752 - 01/21/13 08:33 AM Re: Hardwood Floor question [Re: TNDeerGuy]
Vermin93
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 Originally Posted By: TNDeerGuy
Who here has installed their own hardwood floor? I'm not talking about the laminate stuff, I'm talking real hardwood planks? I'm not good with wood—metal is more my thing. Is it hard to do? Any tips?


It is not hard if you have a flat substrate. If your substrate is concrete then there's a pretty good chance it's not adequately flat and will need to be leveled in spots. That can be a major pain. If you have a wood substrate you can nail the hardware flooring down. If it's a concrete substrate you have to glue it down or "float" it over a protective layer. A table saw and miter saw makes it a pretty easy job once you have the substrate properly prepared. There are probably some good installation videos on Youtube and other places.
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#3132777 - 01/21/13 08:54 AM Re: Hardwood Floor question [Re: Vermin93]
double browtine
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I had a friend who installs it for a living. He came over to help me. We did two rooms down stairs and then i did my upstairs by myself. After you get all of the carpet and tack strips gone, you will need to sand all the but joints in the plywood to get them smooth. Knock down any nails and I would put down some screws if your floor squeaks. Then put down 20# roofing felt to give you a smooth surface. Lay the hardwood perpendicular to your floor joists. Youll need a pnematic nailer. Bought mine from harbor freight and they also carry the tools needed the get the tongue and grooves together. I installed 5-1/4" brazilian walnut from lumber liquidators. It turned out great. Pm me if you have any other questions.
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#3132794 - 01/21/13 09:07 AM Re: Hardwood Floor question [Re: TNDeerGuy]
DaveB
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I attempted to put down a 5/8 hardwood floor on my slab. With Glue. My lack of success could be attributed to my lack of skill. Or, maybe, the glue, which set up extremely fast, even when first opened. I have a whole lot more to say about the glue, so PM me if you are thinking of going that route.
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#3132801 - 01/21/13 09:12 AM Re: Hardwood Floor question [Re: DaveB]
hoyt30
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I do hardwood on concrete and wood in mid tn. Best glue is bosticks by at a distributor. Any questions just ask.
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#3132804 - 01/21/13 09:14 AM Re: Hardwood Floor question [Re: DaveB]
WingNut
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It's pretty easy. It all depends on the first row you lay. It needs to be straight. Pop a line and make sure it stays straight. Like double browtine said put down 20# roofing felt. Make sure you DO NOT overlap the felt.
If you buy flooring that is already finished and comes in boxes open two or more boxes and mix the pieces up so that there is inconsistency throughout the process.
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#3132821 - 01/21/13 09:24 AM Re: Hardwood Floor question [Re: WingNut]
Mudbone
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I sent you a pm.
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