Hardwood Floor Repair

This is a small bedroom repair of some of the worst cupping and shrinking I have ever seen. The cause of this type of damage is from years of chemical exposure. Specifically, this room was used as a wood shop and wood stripper was spilled over the floor for a very long time.

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How to Install a Glue-Down Engineered Hardwood Floor

Hardwood flooring adds warmth and beauty to any room, and is also a great way to increase the value of your home. At Lowes, youll find a variety of hardwood flooring styles and colors, from domestic species like Oak and Maple to exotics like Brazilian Cherry and Bamboo. Engineered flooring can be installed on any level of the home, but different installation methods are necessary for different types of subfloors. These instructions will show you how to glue down an engineered floor to a concrete subfloor.

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Install Wood Floor – How To Yourself

How to Install a Wood Floor

Step 1: Choose the Boards
Step 2: Measure the Room
Step 3: Check for a Squeaky Floor
Step 4: Roll Out the Vapor Barrier Paper
Step 5: Start Installation of the Wood Floor
Step 6: Place the Wood Floor Boards
Step 7: Hand-Nail the Rolls
Step 8: Staple the Boards
Install Wood Floor YourselfStep 9: Cutting the Baseboard
Step 10: Fill in the Gaps on the Wood Floor
Step 11: Work Around Clearance Issue
Step 12: Fit Last Board Into Place
Step 13: Fill Holes With Wood Putty
Step 14: Hardwood Floor Maintenance
Roughly one minute of video recorded for each row of Step 4: Roll Out the Vapor Barrier Paper

Roll out strips of vapor barrier paper, allowing at least a 4″ overlap and staple securely to the sub-floor. Use 15 pound tar paper or felt. It is relatively inexpensive (it’s approximately $12 a roll at a home improvement store). Mark with a pencil along the baseboards where the joists are located.
Step 5: Start Installation

Start the installation at the longest unobstructed wall. Remove the shoe molding, and snap a chalk line 3/8″ out from the baseboard (this allows for expansion in the hot, humid weather and contraction in the colder, drier weather of the hardwood flooring).
Step 6: Place the Boards (Install Wood Floor)

Begin by selecting a long board to start the first row. Pick one that is straight. Align the edge of the board with the chalk line and drill pilot holes down through the hardwood plank and into the sub-floor and joist. Face-nail each board at the point of every joist and set the nail with a nail-set. Face-nail the entire first row and remember to keep the board lengths random. It is important to face-nail the first row because the pneumatic nail can’t get down in there. It will hit the wall and the force would push the wood against the baseboard, which would lose the 3/8″ expansion and contraction.

It is important to lay the first boards perpendicular to the joists which are underneath. That is important because you want a nice solid anchor. Look at the sub floor to see which way the nails and seams ran. Try to go underneath the crawl space to see how they run.

Best Way to Clean a Laminate Floor

How to clean a laminate flooring and see a shine instead of streaks?
How to Clean a Laminate FloorHi, I’ve tried the swifter and it is awful streaky. When I use water without soap or with soap I get the same result… streaks. Please give me the advice that you have in cleaning laminate flooring without streaks. I want a nice shine on my laminate (Trafficmaster / Pergo) floors. What is your recommendation for cleaning without leaving streaks on laminate floors? Thanks to all in advance for your cleaning tips.

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How to Clean a Laminate Floor without Streaks

  1. Spray it with a wood laminate floor cleaner and wipe it clean with a damp. You can purchase a wood laminate floor cleaner at your local home improvement store. Make sure it is marked clearly for cleaning wood laminate floors. You need to avoid using soapy cleansing agents. Armstrong makes a great wood laminate floor cleaner and is pictured at left.

  2. Use dry towels to wipe up any remaining water on the wood laminate floor. Now your floors should look brand new!

Tips & Warnings on cleaning laminate floors

  • For a more natural way to clean a wood laminate floor, get a spray bottle and mix it to the top with 1/3 water, 1/3 rubbing alcohol and 1/3 white vinegar. Spray in sections and wipe it down with a damp towel as you go.
  • Be careful when sweeping or mopping a wood laminate floor – the metal or wood parts on the broom and mop can scratch the surface of the floor.

Have fun and enjoy your beautiful floors.

Installing a hardwood laminate floor: how to undercut a door casing

Installing a hardwood laminate floor: how to undercut a door casing is a must for you to know. Do you have to use expensive electrical tools to undercut your door casings, when you get ready to install your laminate hardwood flooring project? No. Want to see how easy it is to undercut a door casing? Were you concerned about now knowing how to undercut your door casings & door jamb legs that you were thinking about having someone else install your hardwood laminate floor? Don’t do it. If “joe” can undercut a door casing, using a very inexpensive hand tool….then you can do it too. Watch as “joe” shows you how to undercut a door casing before you start installing your hardwood laminate flooring.