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tools needed for DIY?

Posted by kjmama (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 17, 10 at 4:33

We are thinking of installing our hardwood flooring ourselves. What kind of tools would we need? Any tips or tricks or experiences to share out there? We are thinking of white oak, variable width with a WOCA finish.....

Thank you in advance for your help!

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RE: tools needed for DIY?

Depending on how much flooring you have to install and how much time each day you have to devote to the project - you may want to look at the cost comparison between renting vs buying a floor nailer and a compressor. It's worth it to use a pneumatic nailer!

A good sabre saw and a power mitre saw with a high tooth count carbide blade are fantastic.

Shop vac, framing square, chalk line, wide chisel, hammer, knee pads, a compass (for scribing if required). If it's a remodel a power jamb saw is VERY nice to rent if you have doorways to deal with.

Having one person select and layout pieces and one person install worked well for us. Always pull pieces from 3 or 4 boxes at a time to get a nice random appearance. Surface preparation is a time investment that pays off - make sure that the subfloor is screwed and glued tight and is level and smooth. Go slow and be finicky about your butt joints. This is finish work, it deserves a detailed approach. And don't worry, your back will stop aching after 3 or 4 days. Have fun!

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