Hardwood Floor installation. How to install reclaimed wood flooring.

Best tips and ideas for installing antique wood floors.

So what is so hard about hardwood floor installation? Well antique wood flooring is different than new solid wood flooring. It has many defects and imperfections. You don’t want to cut them all out. After all that is the beauty of a reclaimed wood floor. It has many character marks. If you try to cut them all out you will end up with a floor that resembles any other hardwood flooring. You might as well have bought the cheap flooring at your local home center. Besides that, you will end up seriously short of having enough material to finish your project.

Before you get started you will need a few tools.

1. Compound miter saw, with a good crosscut blade. Be sure to get a blade that is designed to make as smooth of a cut as possible. Typically the more teeth your blade has the smoother the cut will be. Also be sure to get a carbide tipped blade. It will last longer and provide a cleaner cut. Recycled wood flooring can be somewhat dirty and will quickly dull an inferior blade.

2. Flooring nailer. A good quality flooring nailer will save a lot of time and backaches when installing your antique wood flooring. Most home centers will rent one to you by the day.

3. Wood filler is handy to have around when you find a knot hole or a peg hole that you want to fill. Get either a dark color or a clear 2 part epoxy for filling in such imperfections.

4. A good orbital sander and plenty of sanding disks are a must. You may even want to pre sand all your flooring before you install it. Use a couple saw horses to get your flooring up to a comfortable working height and start sanding. This is much easier than sanding your flooring on your hands and knees after it is installed.

5. Floor sander. If you decide to go ahead and install your flooring before you have sanded it use a large orbital floor sander. These can be rented fairly reasonable by the day. Be careful! You can quickly sand down too deep. It is best to keep the sander moving. Don’t sand in one place to long.

6. Rubber mallet for driving the flooring tight together.

Installing your antique wood floor step by step.

1.Prepare your sub floor and make sure it is level and smooth.

2. Roll out 15# roofing felt on the sub floor and staple it down.

3. Start your first piece of flooring ¼” away from the wall to allow for expansion and contraction of the flooring. Wood will always move you want to give it room to move so that it doesn’t buckle. Snap a straight chalk line the width of your flooring plus ¼” inch from the wall.

4. Line up the tongue side your first course of flooring with the chalk line. The groove side should face the wall.

5. Drill pilot holes in the face of your first course about an inch from the grooved edge. Then drive 8 penny finish nails through the pilot holes into the sub floor. Leave the nail a little proud of the flooring and drive it the rest of the way with a nail set.

6. Layout a few courses of flooring being sure not to put joints to close together. 7. After you have a few courses laid you can use the flooring nailer to nail the bulk of your flooring.

8. After you have finished it is time to sand and finish your flooring. Fill any holes with dark wood filler or two part epoxy. Sand and finish

9. After you have all your flooring laid, nailed, and finished. Install baseboard molding to cover the ¼” gap you left around the edges of your floor.

10. Give yourself a pat on the back. Congratulations! You have installed your very own antique wood flooring.

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