Complete Installations Instructions Sponsor Materials for our project • 3/4″ solid oak hardwood floor planks • Oak transitions and moldings • Matching wood putty • Pneumatic blind nailer • Nails • Dead Blow Hammer • Chop Saw / Miter Saw • Nail punch / Nail set • Drill with drill bit smaller than nails. 1. TIP: Let the wood floor planks acclimate in the project room for 72 hours before installation. 2. Before laying down your hardwood floor, you must prepare the subfloor. 3. Make sure the subfloor is level before you put down the underlayment. 4. Notice the red underlayment that sits on top of the plywood subfloor. 5. Lay down your guidelines on the underlayment. 6. Lay the first plank of flooring along the guideline with the with the tongue side facing towards you. 7. Place spacers between all walls and the planks for the expansion gap. 8. The first few rows will have to be face nailed. Start by pre-drilling a hole every 6 inches then use a nail punch to set the nail and wood putty to cover the hole. 9. Stagger the planks to strengthen the floor and give it a nice look. You will need to cut the first plank in half to start the staggering. 10. Lay the plank face down on your chop saw. Make sure you use a flooring blade/ trim blade. 11. Face nail the first 2 rows before you use the blind nailer. 12. To blind nail hold the nailer against the tongue then hit it. 13. Mix planks from other boxes so you are not left with boxes of similar colors or grains
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When cutting laminate wood flooring to size, be sure to leave at least a 3/8-inch gap between the wood and the edge of the wall. Create a perfectly fitting wood floor with tips from a licensed remodeling contractor in this free video on home improvements. Expert: Tim Gipson Bio: Tim Gipson is a home repair specialist and remodeling contractor in Nashville, Tenn. Filmmaker: Tim Brown

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