To go full DIY on any home improvement project is to go on an adventure. It might not always be smooth sailing, but it will always be exciting. That latter part is certainly for sure, whatever the project. So if you ever choose to go down that route, you better be ready for anything.
Like when you decide to go DIY with installing your hardwood flooring. Hardwood is one of the most popular materials used for flooring and with good reason. It offers several benefits that few other materials can match. Hardwood Floors Dallas looks great and is durable at the same time.
But what’s the process of installing it on a DIY basis? How do you go about it if it’s solely on your own? Check out your DIY guide to hardwood installation.
- Tape Measure
- Pry Bar
- Drill Bits
- Ear Protection
- Staple Gun
- Variable Speed Drill
- Chop Saw
- Table Saw
- Chalk Line
- Nail Set
- Safety Goggles
- Modular Porch System Kit
- Pneumatic Flooring Package
- Vapor Barrier Paper
- Wood Putty
This is the process that you need to follow for a successful DIY installation of your hardwood flooring:
STEP #1 – Choose the Hardwood
The first step is to choose the hardwood species and board widths that will be used for the DIY installation.
STEP #2 – Measure the Space
You’ll need to measure the space the hardwood will be installed. If it’s your bedroom, measure its length and width to get the area.
STEP #3 – Check Out the Sub-Floor
Next, check out the sub-floor. You need to make sure that the floor is not squeaky. If there is, screw a long drywall screw into the joist and sub-floor where the squeaking is.
STEP #4 – Start Rolling Out the Vapor Barrier Paper
Start rolling out the strip of vapor barrier paper. You’ll have to allow an overlap of at least 4”. Staple it securely to the sub-floor.
STEP #5 – Start With the Installation Process
Start installing at the longest unobstructed wall in the room. The shoe molding needs to be removed and a chalk line that’s ⅜” from the baseboard needs to be made.
STEP #6 – Place the Boards
Start placing the boards. Choose a long one for the first row. Align the board’s edge with the clark line. Drill holes through the hardwood plank and into the sub-floor and joist.
STEP #7 – Hand Nail Each of the Rolls
Once the first few rows are installed, drill pilot holes into the tongue of each board. Hand nail the rolls until enough clearance is achieved for the pneumatic nail gun.
STEP #8 – Staple the Boards
Use the pneumatic nail gun and then strike firmly using the mallet to drive the staple into the hardwood plank’s tongue.
STEP #9 – Cut the Baseboard
Choose a piece that’s going to fit and leave 10 to 12 inches before cutting it off. The other piece should be used for the start of the next row.
STEP #10 – Fill the Gaps
Always cut the wall end of the wood so that the groove that fits to the tongue is not cut off.
STEP #11 – Put the Last Board Into Place
Fit the last board into place but leave a ⅜” gap at the end wall. This space is for expansion and contraction purposes.
STEP #12 – Fill All the Holes With Wood Putty
Fill any holes using wood putty. Just make sure that the putty matches the flooring. Wipe away any excess.
To fully complete your DIY guide to hardwood installation, you only need to make sure that you practice proper hardwood flooring maintenance.