There are many methods to install commercial flooring installation. Hardwood floors are now being laid using the nail-down method. There is no easier or more straightforward method to install hardwood floors than the nail-down technique.
You don’t have to be a professional carpenter to use the nail down method to install hardwood flooring. However, this is not all that’s required. To learn how to install hardwood flooring, you must be patient, persistent, and open to learning new techniques. It is important to understand the safety instructions included with any tools that you will be using.
What You Will Need To Learn How to Install Hardwood Flooring Panels
Dust Pan and Broom: You will need to sweep up as you install hardwood flooring. This is to ensure that no dirt, sawdust or other debris gets in the grooves.
Carpenter’s Crayon – Use it to draw lines on your sub-floor. It’s also useful to draw lines on the hardwood panels you will be cutting.
Claw Hammer: You will need to reach any areas where there isn’t enough room to swing a rubber batlet or are near obstacles with your clawhammer.
Cutter Knife: This is a handy tool that you can use to cut through the wood when installing hardwood flooring. The main purpose of the device is to trim any excess wood if adjustments are needed of less than a millimeter.
You will need an electric drill and a 3/32 inch drill bit to drill your pilot holes. Your pilot holes should be slightly smaller than your nails and should have a circumference of approximately 3.5 inches. This will prevent your flooring panels cracking from nailing them.
Hardwood Flooring Nails (2″)- These nails will hold your floor in its place.
Nailer – This can be either a hammer (or a pneumatic nailgun). While the pneumatic nailgun is quicker and easier to use, you need to calibrate it so the nails don’t get too deep into the wood. This could cause damage to your hardwood panels.
Rubber Mallet – This is your opportunity to let your frustrations out while learning how to install hardwood flooring. You should actually pound them gently to ensure perfect adhesion of the panels. It is important not to place them too far apart as this can cause crevices on your floor. You can also damage them if you push them too close together.
Circular Saw: As you reach the corner, at the end of each row you will need to cut the floor panels. All fixtures within the room must also be removed.