Installing diy hardwood flooring


Our house has come a LONG way in the past couple months. If you remember back we spent Thanksgiving on our subflooring and Christmas decor came with a side of Lumber Liquidators boxes. It’s been a long journey but I am so proud of how far we’ve come and I can’t wait to show you the process of our DIY hardwood floor installation!

After living on subflooring for a few weeks I was BEYOND excited when the first couple boards were finally installed in the dining room. It took a long time to get the first couple boards down because they are some of the most important ones, if the first couple boards aren’t right, then the rest of the rooms would be “off” too.

It took a couple days to get this much progress done because my husband was only working on it in the evenings. But already I was beginning to see how much of a difference our new bamboo floors were going to make in the house!

We also chose the Eco Silent Sound Underlayment because...

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Dale Beal

Last Updated February 26, 2016 01:09 AM

Ok..this one is probably alitte different. I built a two story barn roof style work shop in my back yard. Sorta small...12 x 16. I'll go to my grave wishing i had made it at least 14 x 16...preferably 16 x 16. But it is what it is. Converting second floor to a man cave. Currently has 3/4 t&g waffer board as the floor. I have made my own flooring by glueing 1/4" mesquite to 3/4" construction grade plywood. Largest width is 6"....random lengths. Plan to t&g the wooden floor tiles using floating splines. Nail or glue the tiles to the waffer board? Or both. Have placed several cross braces between the floor joists...seems pretty solid...If glue...what kind? Thank you in advance for your...

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We first ran this article in 2010. It provides detailed instructions for installing hardwood flooring over a wood substructure. It chronicles tutorials for each step of the process, derived from our installation of 3/4 inch solid, tongue-and-groove Brazilian Walnut hardwoods in our own home!

At the bottom, we provide links to posts on the tools we use and frequently recommend for hardwood installation. Below is one picture of the final product. Here’s the rest. This project was a lot of fun. We hope you enjoy the tutorial!

While each hardwood job has its differences and subtleties, this series covers many of the common challenges and pitfalls inherent in every hardwood installation, from leveling the subfloor to installing baseboard and shoe molding. Just follow the links in the steps below, and don’t worry – no spam here. This is just straight-up content!

We hope you enjoy the series as much as we enjoyed publishing it! We also hope it’s helpful to...

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Tongue-and-groove hardwood flooring has always been popular with homeowners. It offers an attractive look, is one of the longest lasting floor coverings, and can be stripped and refinished to look like new. Oak has been the most common type of strip flooring because of its durability and wood graining, and it’s the species most people think of when hardwood is mentioned. Other woods, such as maple, cherry, and birch, are also becoming popular. Exotic species of wood from around the world are now finding their way into American homes as people want a premium strip or plank floor that is unique and stylish, and expresses their personalities. The more than sixty exotic hardwoods include Brazilian cherry, Australian cypress, Honduran mahogany, tobacco wood, teak, zebrawood, and...

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Be sensitive to the way the ends fit together. One end has a tongue and the other end has a groove -- this is called end matched. Make sure to always cut the wall end of the wood so that you do not cut off the groove that fits to the tongue. If that happens, that would result in a pretty big gap. Find a piece and lay it alongside the hole and flip it over. Make sure when you make the mark to cut off the wall side, not the room side. When you make the mark, butt it up against the baseboard and then mark at the end of that tongue. That will leave a 3/8" gap for expansion and contraction when installing the piece.

Note: Before nailing, make sure to put at least two nails in every board. The rule of thumb is to place a nail every 10" to...

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