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Concrete Floor Finishes Do It Yourself

 Concrete Floor Finishes Do It Yourself. Many products claim that you can do it yourself but do they tell the whole story. To effectively polish your floor you will have to work. The first step in any successful. Hardwood flooring installation is one. That many installers skip and it is the. Most important step i am talking about. Checking the moisture content of the. Hardwood flooring and the subfloor the. Subfloor must be within four percent. Moisture content of the hardwood. Flooring for narrow strip flooring and. Within two percent moisture content four. Planks three and a quarter inches and. Wider if the subfloor moisture content. Is too high the source of moisture needs. To be identified and rectified or you. Will be sure to have problems down the. Road next you'll need to review the. State of the subfloor and repair any. Irregularities that may affect the. Hardwood flooring installation these. 

Include nails or screws that are. Protruding from the subfloor caked on. Drywall mud high joints between the. Subfloor panels and any peaks or dips in. The subfloor itself the next step is to. Cut off the bottom of the door jambs and. Casings this is another important step. That many installer skips it not only. Makes the installers job easier but. Provides a much better looking finish it. Also allows the wood flooring to move. Freely underneath if the installer. Doesn't undercut the door jams and. Installs the wood flooring tightly. Against the door jams or casings it. Restricts the movement of the wood not. Allowing it to move naturally with. Changes in humidity it also provides a. Gap that normally installers will fill. With caulking before beginning the. Installation you'll need to make sure. The subfloor is swept and vacuumed you. Want to start your installation on a. Clean surface free of debris most. Installers will start their installation. Against one wall for this video we are. Going to start the installation in the. Center of the room starting in the. Center of the room is not necessary for. A small space like this but it is. Crucial in large areas starting in the. Center of the room has two benefits. Number one if the room is not entirely. Square starting in the center allows you. To split the difference for example if. The room is out of square by an inch. Starting along one wall would mean the. Flooring would be out of square by one. End. On the other wall which would be quite. Noticeable starting in the center would. Mean each wall would be out a half an. Inch which were far less noticeable the. Second benefit of starting in the center. Of the room is that it cuts down the. Amount of movement of the wood this is. 

Especially important in large areas the. Nails in the floor act like 10 pegs to. Hold the boards into place so starting. In the center of the room cuts the. Amount of movement in half first you'll. Need to find the center of the room. Along each wall and then chalk a line. You do not necessarily need to use this. Line as your exact starting point but it. Can be your working line if you want to. Move the starting point back or forward. You can just measure off of this chalk. Line and make another chalk line now you. Will install a backer board this can be. A piece of pine or other softwood long. Scrap hardwood flooring pieces or even. Strips of plywood this will need to be. Screwed every six to eight inches. Because that will be the nailing pattern. You use for your hardwood flooring once. The backer board has been installed roll. Out the manufacturers recommended. Underlay gaylord hardwood flooring. Recommends using a crowbar or all globes. Silicon vapor shield like we are going. To be using today there are two keys to. A proper underlay you want an underlay. That doesn't block the moisture. Completely like a plastic sheet and you. Definitely don't want to use something. That will wick moisture like a felt. Paper the underlay needs to slow down. The moisture while not blocking it. Completely once all the prep work has. Been completed you can begin nailing the. Hardwood flooring using a flooring. Nailer you need to nail the board's. Everywhere that you've placed a screw in. The backer board some installers will. Just brad nail the first few rows of. Flooring rather than using a backer. Board as you can see the hardwood. Flooring nailer is very powerful and if. The first rows are only brad nailed the. Boards can shift which will compound. Across a larger area installing a backer. Board ensures a good solid straight line. Across the entire room when installing. The hardwood flooring be very cautious. Of your ball. Replacement do your best to stagger the. Joints to make the flooring look natural. Avoid step joints each joints and make. Sure you don't cluster the joints or. Have joints that are too close together. You will also want to avoid installing. Short boards in open areas this can be. Difficult to avoid when installing lower. Quality floors with short lengths but. With the long board lengths in most. Gaylord hardwood flooring you shouldn't. Have an issue once you have installed. Seven or eight rows of flooring you can. Unscrew the backer board and remove it. As long as it's in good condition the. Backer board can be reused a number of. Times at this point you will install a. Spline most hardwood flooring. Manufacturers should offer spline that. Matches their flooring we make our. Spline out of poplar so it doesn't split. When it's nailed into you will want to. Put glue in the grooves of the flooring. Along the full length then you fit the. Spline into place be careful you do not. Glue directly to the subfloor take scrap. Pieces of hardwood flooring and brad. Nail them to the subfloor to hold the. Spline in place while the glue sets this. Will keep the spline from moving as it. Dries once you have this setup you can. Continue on with your installation the. Other way depending on the glue it. Should take about 30 minutes to set once. The glue is set you can remove the scrap. Pieces of flooring and nail into the. Spline with the flooring nailer as if it. Were just a normal piece of flooring if. This step is skipped it is very possible. The floor will buckle at that point. Because there will be no nails holding. The boards into place from here fastened. More boards into place and continue on. With the installation the other way when. Installing a flush hardwood flooring ven. 

You must make sure the vent is centered. Above the duct so it doesn't restrict. Any air flow some installers will cheat. And install the vent where it is easiest. Even if it covers some of the ductwork. To install the floor vent you simply not. Your pieces of flooring around the frame. Of the vent you need to dry fit the vent. Frame in place to make sure it fits. Properly. Put a small drop of urethane base. Adhesive in each corner and brad nail. The frame into place ideally the vent. Will be close enough to the wall so you. Won't have to backfill with small pieces. But that isn't always the case if you. Have to backfill between the vent frame. And the wall with small pieces you will. Nail the tongues into the subfloor and. Glue the tongue and groove together to. Ensure that the small pieces will stay. In place eventually you will be close. Enough to the wall that you will no. Longer be able to use the flooring. Nailer at this point you will need to. Begin blind nailing the tongue of the. Boards with a brad nailer to supplement. The brad nails you will also glue the. Tongues and the grooves of the boards. Together it is important that you do not. Glue the flooring boards directly to the. Subfloor because that will restrict the. Natural movement of the wood you want. The flooring to be able to move freely. With changes in humidity levels gluing. The tongues and grooves together is. Especially important to new home. Construction the brad nails alone do not. Hold as well as the hardwood flooring. Nails if the flooring expands from high. Humidity the brad nails can move. Slightly and when the flooring dries. Back out the brad nails do not pull the. Board's back tightly and gaps can occur. Where the boards are brad nailed with. The glue holding the tongue and groove. Together the boards will pull back into. Place when the flooring shrinks back. Since you don't have the force of the. Flooring nailer to get the board's into. Place you will either need to use a. Chisel and pull the boards into place by. Hammering it into the subfloor and. Pulling the boards into place or a pry. Bar of some some kind we typically use a. Porta jack flooring jack which pushes. Against the wall and pulls the boards. Into place with other methods you need. To pull the board's tight with one hand. And brad nail the board's with the other. Hand the power jack holds the boards in. Place so you can have both hands-free to. Brad nail the last board will likely. Need to be ripped on a table saw to fit. Into place it is extremely important to. Leave a half inch or greater space. Against the wall to allow the wood to. And the larger the room the larger the. Gap you will need to leave if you need. To allow for more expansion space in a. Large area you can undercut the drywall. 

Or add additional moldings to the. Baseboard you can use the science of. Wood movement to figure out how much. Expansion space you need to leave along. The perimeter if your interior relative. Humidity fluctuates between 30 and 50. Percent assuming the flooring hasn't. Been improperly acclimated to any. Particular season this would relate to. Roughly a two percent change in moisture. Content of your hardwood flooring in the. Three quarter-inch red oak that we are. Installing today it has a change. Coefficient of 0.0 0.4 could expand by. Point zero to three seven two five. Inches this doesn't seem like much but. Across this 10 foot room equals point. Eight seven seven eight to five inches. We're leaving a half inch expansion. Space on both sides which is adequate. For this room but wouldn't be enough in. A larger room for example a 20 foot wide. Room will have an inch and 3/4 of. Expansion so you would need to leave at. Least seven eighths of an inch on each. Side a 30-foot wide room will expand. Roughly two and a half inches so you'll. Need to leave a inch and a quarter on. East on each side for more information. On calculating wood movement check out. That section of our installation. Guidelines since you will not be able to. Angle the brad nailer and nail into the. Tongue the last row or two will need to. Be faced nailed if you are lucky the. Face nails will be covered by the. Moldings otherwise you will need to fill. The nail holes with matching wax or. Putty at this point the hardwood. Flooring is installed but your job isn't. Finished it is extremely important to. Clean up your mess take away all garbage. And clean the floor you could do an. Excellent job installing the hardwood. Flooring but if you leave a mess that is. What the client will remember most your. Goal is to give the client the absolute. Best experience also when the floor is. Clean you can give it a thorough and. Affection if you notice any damage or. Deficiencies you can repair it on the. Spot and avoid having a call back if you. Are a do-it-yourselfer i really hope. This video helps you complete your. Hardwood flooring installation if you're. A professional installer is very. Important that you follow these. Guidelines it is your goal to provide. The client with not only an excellent. Hardwood flooring installation but also. A great experience. It is installers who don't follow these. Steps and take shortcuts that can give. Our industry a bad name thank you. 

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