How to choose the starting wall, and make a reference line

The line goes along with the longest line between the sheets of plywood. We gonna need to refer to this line for accuracy. Now measure the space from the wall to this reference line on both ends of it and in the middle also. If all measurements are even and the wall is straight itself (which happens quite often), then it’s a perfect situation, where you can use a wall as a reference line, and simply start from it, without measuring anything else.

That’s easy. But we’ll stick with the situation which takes place much more often: crooked walls. Put a row of boards along the starting wall tightly. Measure the space like you did before, and choose the shortest space between reference line and the board. Remember that measurement. Let’s pretend it is 2 feet and 4 inches. Now measure 2 feet and 4 inches twice, on both ends of the reference line towards the starting wall. Mark these two spots with a pencil precisely. And finally snap the line.

Making a precise snap line is very important, because it is going to affect the accuracy of installation process. You start it right, you finish it right. Now, put the first row of boards along the snap line, so you can see the tongue of the board right along with the snap line, if you look at the board from above. Nail the wood down using a finish nail gun. Shoot from the top. Set air pressure to around 90-95 points.

Check often if the wood stays where it should be. Use preferably long, straight pieces. After first row is down, make another one, using same nail gun. Staple gun probably wouldn’t fit at this point of time. You’ll have to make a few rows using a finish gun, depending on the width of wood. Usually it is about three rows. Then you finally should be able to use the staple gun.

Hint: unpack a few bundles and layout the wood on the floor in a way it’s going to be installed, but leave a space between installed part and layout for the staple gun.

You’ll save some time by following this trick, because handling each board individually will consume much more time. By the way, don’t worry about blank space in the very beginning, we’ll come to it, when we gonna reach the opposite wall.

Ok, let the fun begin. Start nailing boards one by one. Use rubber side of the mallet to hit the nail gun and to place the board tight in place, by hitting the board from the front only. Use metal side to bring the board tight to its left. Do it gently.

The floor will look much better if you do it this way, and it’s going to be stronger as well. If you haven’t taken the moldings off, cut the boards precisely when you deal with the last one in the row.

Nailing boards in the middle of the room is easy enough, so let’s imagine we ran into an obstacle, like a fireplace or corner. If you have a fireplace, you will have to make a frame before you come up to it with the new floor.

Using a saw, make three pieces with 45 degrees angled cuts. It might take some time and effort to place them right, so there won’t be large or very noticeable gaps. Nail the pieces with a finish gun from the top. After frame is complete, we nail the floor boards until we reach the fireplace. Let’s imagine fireplace is to our left, then we simply continue process, as shown below, and we leave that blank space for later.

We leave them now, because those spots require usage of table saw, so we’ll do them all at once. Ok, now we have reached the other side of a fireplace.

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