Installing Hardwood Floors
If you decide to replace those worn out kitchen floors with hardwood flooring than you have made the right decision. This type of flooring is great to use in any kitchen because of how durable they are. They are also easy to clean and for many people are just as easy to install. All you need are the right tools, a little bit of craftsmanship and of course someone to help you out.
Some of the more crucial tools that you will need is a floor nailer, miter, and a jamb saws. You will most likely be able to rent out these tools so you won’t have to purchase them. Make sure that you wear safety goggles and mask when using these tools.
The first thing you will need to do is to remove all of the baseboards. If you are careful you can keep them intact and reuse them when you are finished re-flooring the kitchen.
Place a 6 mil poly plastic or 15 pound builder’s felt vapor barrier. The edges should be overlapped between 4” to 6” and you can use glue or tape to keep the seams down. Be careful not to tear this.
When laying down the flooring you want it to be parallel to the longest wall in the room. Lay down the longer pieces in front of the doorways if you do not know which wall would be best to begin with. You will want to integrate the smaller pieces with each other – but not to keep them too close to each other.
Around the perimeter of the room there should be spacers – which will help to build an expansion gap for the hardwood flooring. This gap is used to be concealed beneath the baseboards and to allow them to expand.
The first set of planks will need to be placed into position with the groove up against the wall. It is easier to begin with a stringline set up in order to make sure that the first row is straight even if the wall is not.
Nail it down through the face of the course. This will help to hide them beneath the baseboards. Place the nails over the tongue between 10” to 12” apart for the strips and 6” to 8” apart for the planks.
You will need to tap the courses so that they are firmly in place using a scrap piece. A pneumatic floor nailer can be used to blind the nail pieces through the edge of the tongue.