Hardwood flooring installation is a great DIY project as long as you buy the right product. That is, not all hardwood floors are as easy to install as others. Usually, the flooring products if you find at home improvement stores are the easiest to install. In fact, this is the main reason why these products are sold over the counter at major retailers. This article explains how to install engineered hardwood flooring planks. These are usually the most common and most affordable flooring products on the market.
Tools for the Job
The most important tool for installing hardwood floors is a miter saw. A compound miter saw is necessary for cutting angles. The key is to have multiple people working on the project. If you are trying to cut the wood and install it on the floor at the same time, the project is very time consuming. Process is much smoother if at least one person is carrying and cutting the wood, while the other is on the floor laying it in place. If the person on the floor has a tape measure, he can yell out measurements to the worker manning the saw. This way he does not need to get up and down between the installation of each plank.
Since the hardwood planks are so lightweight, the installation is relatively simple. But, you need to make sure you are wearing the right safety equipment. The worker cutting the wood should definitely wear protective eyeglasses. The worker installing the planks on the floor will end up in much less pain if he wears kneepads. Simple knee pads will make it much less painful to be working on the floor for such long periods.
Laying the Planks
Actually attaching the planks to each other is very easy. The edges and ends at each plank have a ridge that allows it to interlock with the next piece. The attachment of the planks often requires a gentle tap from a rubber mallet to make them tight. However, some products snap together without any tools at all.
To make sure your floor looks stylish, you need to stagger the planks. Whenever you start on a wall, make sure every other row starts with a shorter piece. You can cut the plank in half or just make it completely random. There is really no right or wrong way to make sure that the ends of the each plank do not line up.
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