To prevent the wood from splitting, drill pilot holes along the gap edge every 10 to 12 inches then top-nail the starter course with 10d finishing nails (image 2). Try to make sure they go through the sub-floor and into the floor joists. Use a nail set to sink the nail heads slightly below the wood surface (image 3).
Snap a line 1/2 in. plus the width of the flooring from the straightest wall in the room. Engineered wood flooring can be stapled down over a sound plywood or OSB underlayment grade subfloor. You can also staple it over an existing hardwood floor or a vinyl floor (one layer only).
The use of putty, stains, wood blend sticks or markers to touch-up prefinished flooring before, during and after installation is considered normal practice .
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This will prevent having different "levels" of flooring across the space where you will be installing. Remove as many nails, tacks, etc. as possible for best results.
With the classic good looks of solid wood in a DIY-friendly package, these floors are easy to loveâ€”and install.
Sand off old finish and high spots on existing wood floor and prep to clean, dry, sound, flat subfloor. Repair, re-nail or replace loose flooring products. When installing new wood flooring parallel to an existing solid nail- down floor, add a minimum of 3/8â€ underlayment over the existing floor to increase stability.
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