http://www.howtoinstallplankflooring.com In this video Micheal is going to show you how to not only lay plank flooring in open areas, but he is going to demonstrate how to lay plank flooring in doorways, transitioning from room to room and over floor vents.
0:41 Wood acclimation – The first thing an installer needs to do is let the wood acclimate to the climate of the house to prevent the wood from buckling in the future.
1:41 How to install the plank flooring with the tongue and groove. Going in one direction and starting the first two rows. Leave about 1/4 of inch for expansion. For raised base boards you can slide the flooring underneath and for non raised base boards you have to put it flush against the base boards leaving about 1/4 as mentioned above. Spacers are used to help keep flooring right distance from base boards. Make sure the other wall on the other side of your room is about the same measurement as the wall your started on. This measurement should be about the same. (doesn’t have to exact, but close)
5:01 Sub flooring and the moisture barrier option. We are laying this floor on a plywood sub floor so we are only using Rosen paper for our moisture barrier. If we were laying it on a concrete sub floor we would have to lay it over a cushion moisture barrier to protect it from buckling since concrete draws more moisture than plywood.
6:21 How to stagger your wood flooring in open areas as you work across the room in one direction. Stagger means to leave at least 6 inches overlap on each piece of wood that is laid. This gives your floor reinforcement as each piece supports each other. Similar to laying bricks on a house each brick supports each other.
8:46 Room transitions from room to room or room to halls etc…How to measure and notch your wood planks to fit perfectly. This is where you do not take shortcuts!! Pay attention on where to start your measurements. It is important to slide your wood plank from one side of the door jam to the other so you can continue your straight line. NOTE: if your wood flooring cannot fit all the under door jam you have to use a jam saw to cut enough clearance for the wood to slide under to the other side.
18:24 Installing wood floors around vents. Mark your measurements according to your vent size using your tape to insure a custom fit. Check out our install.
23:20 The tools that we used were professional grade. However, here are the more economical alternatives that you can use to get same great looking floors. Hammer, blue tape, tape measure, hammer stapler ( or…regular stapler) jam saw (or…hand held jam saw) table saw and miter saw (or…jig saw) The jig saw can be used for all the cuts you have seen on this video.
25:30 Michael completed his 1300 sq foot home in two days. Go to the link http://www.howtoinstallplankflooring.com to get printable instructions and downloads on the installation topics we have discussed in this video.