A Guide to Installing Hardwood Flooring

A guide to installing hardwood floors, including the anatomy of a floor, clearing the decks, laying down the boards, installation, finishing touches and illustrated instructions.



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The fact is that although hardwood floors are the benchmark of expensive homes, the materials are usually less costly than good carpet.
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Diagram 4: Preparing the subfloor.
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Diagram 3: Moisture test.
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Diagram 2: A sound subfloor.
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Diagram 1: End-matched strip flooring.
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Diagram 6: Establishing a base line.
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Diagram 7: Using a power nailer and a lever.
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Diagram 8: Nailing flooring to screeds.
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Diagram 5: Laying a vapor barrier over screeds.
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Diagram 9: Wedging the final courses.
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Diagram 12: Applying a sealer.
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Diagram 11: Using a drum sander.
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Diagram 10: A block flooring pattern.
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