How to install hardwood flooring (Nail down) // Home Renovation

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hey I'm Bob and I like to make stuff

today we're gonna make this room look

way better by nailing down some hardwood

floor in the last video in the home

series I showed you how we updated the

bonus room upstairs and in that room we

put down some floating hardwood floor

down here in the main level of the house

we're gonna nail down the hardwood floor

because it needs to transition from room

to room and that product was just too

expensive to do at this scale we're

gonna start doing that floor here in the

bedroom it's a pretty basic shape so I

thought it would be a good way to get

started before you actually do any work

you have to prep the surface that you're

going to be working on so it needs to be

perfectly flat and clean but when you

take up carpet there's more than just

pulling up the top layer there's a layer

of foam underneath it that's held down

by a whole bunch of staples way more

staples than anybody should ever use and

you have to pull each one of those you

can pull those out with a staple removal

tool or just put a flathead screwdriver

under each one of them and pry it up but

it's really important that you get every

single staple out of the floor if you

have any nails that have backed out of

the subfloor at all just hammer them

flat as well the other thing that you

have to take up that's actually a little

bit more painful to deal with is the

tack strip that goes all the way around

the edge of the room this is a small

wooden strip with very sharp tacks

sticking up out of it that go into the

bottom of the carpet the best way I've

found to take these up is to take a pry

bar put it right up next to where a nail

is going into the floor give it one good

hit with a hammer and it'll separate it

from the floor just a little bit

don't try to pry it out at that point

just move on to the next nail and by the

time you pop all of the nails up the

strip will come out if you try to pry

one nail up by itself the wood on the

strip will break and then it'll just be

harder to deal with overall and once you

get these things out they are extremely

sharp and extremely nasty so another tip

is to take some of that foam that you

pull that earlier and put all of these

strips on top of that phone once you've

got all of them on there just wrap the

foam up around it to make it easier to

carry and throw the whole thing in the


after you get all that stuff removed you

got to go around and sweep and vacuum

the floor and get it completely clean

and completely smooth most likely you

probably miss some staples so be sure to

go back and get those before you move on

speaking of moving on the next step is

to lay down the underlayment the


a roll of paper that's a moisture

barrier and you want to lay it down on

the entire surface and make sure that

every row that you make is overlapped by

at least four inches this brand in

particular actually has a lime here to

show you where to overlap it all you got

to do is start in one corner roll it all

the way to the opposite end and cut it

off with utility knife then go back with

a staple gun and put in a few staples

just to keep it in place after you get

one row finished just move on to the

next row and staple it down as well

until you get the entire room covered

make sure that you get it all the way to

the walls make it go through the

doorways and cut out any air vents that

you have in the floor when you lay down

hardwood flooring you need to leave at

least three-eighths of an inch gap here

for expansion of the wood if you want to

you can take up this piece of trim and

use the gap underneath it as the

expansion gap but in my case I have an

entire home to do so I'm going to leave

this trim in place put down the floor

leaving the gap right here and then add

some cord around on top to cover the gap

eventually you'll probably be able to

just eyeball the gap but I measured off

three-eighths of an inch from the

baseboard and then used a chalk line to

snap a line as a reference I laid my

first pieces at that line drilled some

holes in the face and drove in some

finishing nails to hold them down to the

subfloor I used a nail set to drive

those nail heads down below the surface

and then came back later and filled in

the holes with wood filler for the next

layer to set them in place drill through

the tongue and drive in another nail and

synch it below the surface eventually

you'll get to a point to where a

pneumatic nailer can fit against the

wall and then it goes a lot faster at

the end of each row you'll have to cut

the last piece down to make sure that it

fits leaving the 3/8 of an inch gap as

well except in cases like this where

you're butting into another surface I

put a cross piece underneath the doors

to use as a transition between the ribs

eventually you'll get so far alone that

you're too close to the wall and you

don't have enough room to swing the

hammer that's when you got to go back to

the process of drilling through the

tongue of the pieces and hammering in

the nails by hand

it definitely slows down at this point a

little bit but you should only have a

couple more rows to do so it shouldn't

take too long and just like at the

beginning of the room the final row you

have to drill in through the face of the

board and drive nails straight in

there's also a pretty good chance that

you're going to have to rip all of the

pieces in the final

on the table saw to make them the right

width but when you do that don't forget

to leave the expansion gap on this side

as well and in my case the last row of

this room is actually also going to

transition into a door so I'm just gonna

add another piece here to fit underneath

the door as it closes once you've got

all the floor laid down the final touch

is to add quarter around get your

quarter around in place hold it tight

down to the floor and then shoot Brad

nails through the cord around into the

baseboard not into the floor this gives

it a really finished look and hides the

expansion gap around all of the edges of

the room and that's how you nail down

hardwood flooring you can totally do it

it's a lot of work but it's not hard and

putting down hard wood makes rims look

really nice and it adds value to the

home and if you get solid wood like I

did you can refinish them over time so

they last really long there's a few

things to think about if you're gonna

put hardwood into your house one you

have to make sure you get enough square

footage plus at least 10% for waste you

also have to let the wood acclimate in

the space that it's actually going to go

into for about seven days that number

changes a little bit depending on the

species but whoever you buy your

flooring from should be able to give you

some insight there I'm extremely happy

with how these floors turned out and how

they look in our home we've got some

other plans for some patterns to do in

other rooms will probably have videos on

that as well that's about it for this

one don't forget to check out the other

videos in my home series plus I've got a

bunch of other projects that are not

home related that you might be

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thanks for watching we'll see you next