Holes In The Floor Of Heaven Chords. Tighten rows as you go – After placing each row, take a block of wood, before you drive a nail into it, hammer it after moving it along the leading edge of the newly put down floor.
The tongue gets damaged if you hit the block hard, so it is safe to cut a groove in the block so it will contact the flooring on either side of the tongue or use a short length of flooring. While installing planks, leaving a slight crack between boards is recommended by some producers of plank flooring which can be as wide as a blade of putty knife. To achieve best results follow the recommendations of the supplier. The leading edge of the flooring should be straight and still parallel to the center line. So check it periodically to make sure about this.
Nail first few rows by hand – The first courses should be nailed down by hand as you will not have enough space to use a nailer until you lay many rows from the wall. You can not only keep nails at the proper angle that is 45 degrees to 50 degrees but also avoid splitting by continuing to predrill the holes for nails. You have to be careful while driving nails flush with your hammer, so that it doesn’t crush the upper edge of boards because after the boards are joined there is every possibility that these indentations can show on the surface. Instead expose the head of each nail comfortably; then by placing the nailset sideways over it and along the top edge of the tongue, hammer home the nail by tapping the nailset and with the tip of the nailset, set the nail flush. Drive the nails into each screed. You have to do this along the full length of each board when you are nailing into screeds. Drive nails into both screeds at places where boards are laid on top of overlapping screeds.
Whenever possible drive nails directly through the plywood into the joints when you are nailing into a plywood subfloor–especially in cases where the subfloor is only 1/2 or 5/8-inch plywood. After the first few rows are laid and nailed by hand, securing the flooring with the nailer can be done and this will automatically countersink all the nails it drives. You’ll find it difficult to toenail the boards when you reach the last few rows, so predrill holes and face nail them.
Inserting screws and plugs – is quite simple in plank flooring. Keep the plank in position and insert the screws in the predrilled holes and tighten; the wear and tear on your arm can be saved by an electric drill with a screw driver attachment. If the boards are not yet predrilled you have to mark all the points where you are intending to drill and the usage of center punch is recommended to tap into the starter holes. The electric drill with the power point bit or brad point bit should be used to drill 1/4 inch deep hole. After the screws are in place, blow out the dust from each hole and wood plugs can be filled in the holes. Before inserting each plug apply common white glue. The plug can be held in place with a drop or two of white glue after they are either set flush with the surface of the floor or left slightly protruding (they’ll be sanded flat when the floor is finished). If the plugs are not supplied to you along with the flooring you have purchased, then cut it from hardwood dowels of the same kind of wood as the plank flooring itself, or to contrast the color from a different kind of wood. A striking effect can be created by walnut plugs in an oak floor for instance.
Fitting in the last row – After progressing to the far wall across the floor, (or to either wall from the center of an irregular room), leave a gap of 1/2 inch between the flooring and the wall and place the final strip of flooring. A standard board will fit if you’re lucky, otherwise several boards were to be ripped down to the proper width.
Framing fire places and the like – To give the job a more finished look, exposed obstacles like fireplaces should be framed. Cut pieces to fit, and to get an accurate angle of 45 degrees use a miter box. If the flooring is tongue-and-groove, the tongue should be planned off on those pieces that run perpendicular to the flooring, and you have to cut and place them in such a manner that the grooved edges are exposed. This makes possible the insertion of the tongues at ends of a few boards in the running floor into the grooves on the framing. There is no need to frame the floor openings that are covered with grates that have flanges.
You may need a reducer strip – If there is a change of level from one room to next, that is created by your new floor, use a reducer strip for a smooth transition. A reducer strip is milled with a rounded top. It will fit into the tongue of an adjacent board, or, if laid perpendicular to the flooring pattern, it can be butted against exposed board ends.
Finishing touches – You can add (replace) baseboards, shoe molding, and any grates that were removed, once the final board has been placed, if you’ve prefinished flooring installed. For installing the molding, there should be a slight gap between the flooring and the bottom of the molding; for a spacer use a thin piece of cardboard. To let the floor expand or contract, nail the molding to the baseboard and not to the floor. If unfinished flooring is installed the floor will have to be sanded and a finish applied before you replace the molding and so forth.
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