This week I answer Jeanson, “I intend to ask myself my hardwood floor. This is a first experience for me, so I’m looking for reliable information, but it is not always conclusive. Example: the first strips placed near the wall are nailed side male or female side wall? I had both versions, depending on the items. Is this the pneumatic nailer that will dictate to me my choice? Or the type of nail? ” First, I applaud your initiative to install your floor yourself. There are however several things to know before starting such a project

The preparation

There is actually a disagreement concerning the installation of the first row. But before you even think about installing the first row, you must make sure certain things before you start. It is important to properly prepare the surface. After removing your existing floor, enjoy the fact that there is as plywood to locate the joists and screw your floor, especially in places most passers-by to avoid the crunch. Because once your hardwood flooring installed, it will be too late. Then I suggest you install a sub floor in brown paper. This ensures even more does not have cracks when walking on our floor.

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The planks and nails

Now you’re ready to begin the installation. We often tend to minimize the relevance of these instructions. There is clear how to proceed. Like to know that the floor must be in the room where it will be installed at least 48 to 72 hours before installing it. This will allow the wood to acclimate to the humidity of the room and promote a system without much movement of the wood. So, for the installation, follow the guide. The company provides virtually every detail. As to what kind of nail you use, you also see what kind of nailer you. But it is obvious that it takes you to floor nails. If you rent the nailer, the merchant usually sells nails which you must use. Just mention it the kind of floor you have, and it will provide for proper nails.

The installation

Personally, I put the female side to the wall since it is nailed to the male side. There must be a clearance of 3/4 “between the wall and the boards, to allow for expansion as needed.

# Draw a line as your guide to 3/4 “larger than the width of your planks of the wall. For example, boards of 2-1/4”, draw the line guide to 3 “from wall.
# Align the first plank inside the male side of the line guide. Place subsequent rows arranging them to look good, taking care to remove the seals of at least 10 inches and lengths of alternating plates.
# Use the rubber tip of the hammer comes with nail guns to properly set up to nail the boards.
# Nail the boards in all 8-10 “as well as 2-3” pieces. There must be at least 2 nails per board. I believe that with all this information, you are now ready to take action. Good job!