The first step you need to do is pick out the type of wood that you want your floor to have. Pre-finished boards will not only save you time, but they're a simple short cut that you can take. If you go for the pre-finished board that will save you the time of having to complete the whole floor after the installation, and it saves you the money that you would have spent on that equipment. It also saves you the time and energy you will have to do when finishing the wood yourself.
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The next thing that you will have to do is to remove the tack bar that goes around the room. You should also go around and pick up any staples or any other item that could be lift on the floor from the previous floor’s installation. If your carpet was glued down to the floor you can purchase a glue-dissolving solvent that you can then use on your floor. Make sure that you read the instructions before you use the product.
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You should then lay down sheets of red rosin paper. This should be used all over the floor to cover the Oriented Strand Board (OSB). Now we are ready to get to the point of installing the hardwood floor. In this step you will have to use a pencil, or some chalk to mark where the joists are located. The Joists are the beams that support the floor.
You should now measure about three eights of an inch out from the baseboard as you now should make a line to keep that measurement. Your hardwood could possible expand in the warm weather, and contract in the cold so it is necessary to keep a little bit extra room for that to happen.
The wall that is the longest and the straightest is you starting point. Place one end of the board that you are using right up to the line that you have drawn in the floor showing you how far from the baseboard that you should go. One thing that you have to make sure is that the floor board is perpendicular to the joist in the floor. Now you should nail that board down to the sub floor and the joist. This has to be done with a nail and a hammer due to the fact that an automatic stapler will not reach down all the way to the joist.
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So you know the basics on installing a hardwood floor yourself. So go out there and make that room look really great with a hardwood floor that you installed yourself!