Installing Hardwood Floors over Existing Hardwood Floors DIY Mryoucandoityourself

This funny video is about installing hardwood floors over existing hardwood floors.
– Waxed Paper Underlayment –
– Dewalt Miter Saw –
– Dewalt Table Saw –
– Miter Saw Stand –
– Dewalt 18 Ga nail gun –
– Dewalt 16 Ga nail gun –
– Compressor –
– Ridgid Vacuum –
– Makita Jig Saw –
– Rubber Mallet –
– Fein Multimaster –

Canon T5i –
Favorite tools:
– Milescraft FeatherBoard –
– Router Table –
– Dewalt Miter Saw Crown Stops –
– Pin Nailer 23-Gauge –
– Dewalt circular saw –
– Compressor hose –
– Festool 36 Auto Clean Vacuum –
– Makita Cordless Tool Kit –
– Laminate cutter –
– Rockwell Versacut Saw –
– Undercut Saw –
– Angle Grinder –
– Sliding T-Bevel –
– Hot Glue Gun –
– Adhesive Gun –
– Construction Adhesive –
– Wood Glue –
– Tongue and Groove Glue –
– Heavy-Duty Utility Knife –
– Duct Tape –
– Scotch Masking Tape –
– Clamp –
– Water Based Spray –
– Bostik Best flooring glue –
Here I am installing prefinished hardwood floors over very good quality parquet. My customers decided save money and didn’t pay for old parquet removal and concrete floor leveling.
Installing hardwood floors over existing hardwood floors was very fun and easy work. This job is much easier than installing hardwood floors on concrete.

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Don Powell says:

I just purchased some hardwood to put over parquet. The parquet is in very good condition but the solid wood is the thinner type (same thickness as engineering). Because of the thickness, the sales associate advised glueing so the floor doesn’t split. what’s your advise?

maggie lam says:

Would you recommend taking off the old hardwood floor or simply installing new hardwood on old ones? Would you please advise? Thanks!

adam adams says:

Unless I missed something, why did you wait until you were two courses out before starting to use the wax paper?


Can I do without the underlayment when installing a floaing floor over a real wood floor?

liteofmylife says:

Thanks for the video! We bought a house that has an old parquet floor over concrete.  I’m thinking of laying hardwood over the parquet, but I think the nails may hit the concrete. The parquet is still attached well to the concrete, so that’s why I don’t want to remove it.  Any advice? спасибо!

joeyjoejoejrshabidu says:

I’m not very knowledgeable, but even I know you would want to take off the base trim before installing the floor.

Correct me if I’m wrong though…

Tolstiy1980 says:

I can give you an example. I’ve got maple parquet completely messed up by the previous house owners. To refinish it is more expensive than installing engineered hardwood.over. And it’s quite problematic to stain maple in coffee color which I like.

Amanda Burke says:

How long does it take to install the hardwood or laminate in a standard apartment living room?

James Salter says:

Why is this funny?

Why cover up the good looking parquet?

Vivian Foster says:

I live in a high rise. I have parquet floors, over I believe concrete. I don’t have any squeeks because as I said, it’s a high rise and the floor is pretty sturdy. Is it okay to leave the parquet floors and install hardwood over it? It would just save time and money, but I’m hoping I don’t have to remove all my furniture out.

cerdafied says:

Thanks for sharing this nice vid. I’m converting my man cave into a master bedroom and have a similar floor as what you are installing over so this lets me know that I can do that no problem. However I also want to build a closet. Do you know if its ok that I build it over the hardwood floor as well? Thank you!

Sergei Danilenkov says:

How do u suggest I fix the squeaks? What’s the easiest method?

Claire-Marie Murray says:

Can we put new wooden floor over timber (and add insulation in between) ? Our house is literally just wooden floors over beams. We can see the ceiling plasters /lights frm underneath in some areas where the timber has little gaps. Thanks!

MrYoucandoityourself says:

Yes my friend. Installing hardwood floors over existing hardwood floors always a crazy work…

Katarina D says:

i want to do the same,i want to put a new wood floor over existing, only in my bedroom and in the living room, because it is an old floor and building also, so can you tell me more about it, have you use any glue or something to keep the floors together ? so it’s ok if i put only the fax paper under the new floor? nothing else?  thanks .

W. Casimir Faulkner says:

I’ve starting installing hard wood over hard wood, I’m three rows in, but after reading your comments, you recommend running the new wood perpendicularly (like a t?)  should i pull up the 3 rows and start over?

MrYoucandoityourself says:

It depends on people taste

ĐùMáCS says:

End piece should be at least 12″. Watch this video carefully, you will see.

Scott Wilson says:

You are installing a new wood floor over existing parquet. What precautions have you taken to ensure the existing parquet does not raft underneath?Surely capping the existing parquet and preventing it from breathing is asking for trouble?

Digger054 says:

Yes Thanks for the video and nice background music. I have a 1935 built house and I want to put down hardwood on the 2nd floor hallway. Existing floor is painted tongue and groove 7/8 hardwood and I want to ensure I get rid of the creeks. Should I rip out existing?  Thanks

Sergei Danilenkov says:

how would you get rid of any squeeks if you are planning on installing hardwood or parquet?

Norway House Animal Rescue says:

What is the roll you put on  underneath?

MrYoucandoityourself says:

Only customers can give you an answer to this question :)_

hotmoon226 says:

Cool ! i am going to do the exact same thing. Old hardwood floor is the perfect subfloor.

jamyang dorji says:

great video..but how can we avoid the cracking sound of old wooden flooring if the new flooring is done on top of it?? i think it may not cause the fault in the beginning but in near future the new flooring will make the same sound due to the old flooring work?? please advice..thank you

Sergei Danilenkov says:

Ya, I think u have to nail down the sub floor in the spots the nails are in. They come loose and creat squeaks. If u nail it down harder it shouldn’t squeak. If I remember correctly

Joseph Varghese says:

hi will this method create squeaky noile down the line?

anitagreg2010 says:

We are wanting to do same at our house but a flooring company recommended not to do this.  Our parquet is 15 years old and glued to plywood.  There is a moisture proof crawl space underneath.  Why are they leading us away from this?  My husband and I are DIYers so we are thinking of doing it ourselves.  Thank you for the video.

Mitch D says:

THanks for video.  I want to put new engineered hardwood or vinyl planks over an existing very worn out and sanded down engineered floor.  Problem: the room directly next to it also has engineered hardwood flooring (that I am not replacing) and I am worried the new flooring will be higher than the older in the next room.  Can I slope the old floor somehow?

monserrat moroco says:

Thank you so much for this video , What are you using under the floor is that paper?

Anna Nuttall says:

Hi there,
I have a question. I have an art studio with old (1800’s) wood floors. They have been poly’d waxed dinged-up – you name it. Right now – it seems that someone waxed it OVER poly and it’s a slimy mess. I can’t use a sander and refinish. I’m looking at a cheap plywood floor/enamel paint approach(which will be fun with color anyway).
However, I am wondering if I can screw/nail down the plywood directly to the old wood floor, or if I must have a layer in-between? If so, what kind (paper? foam? etc.?) and for what purpose? I don’t think I’d have moisture issues on 3rd floor, but I don’t know – that is the one thing I def want to avoid!
The floor is on the third floor of the building, and is not particularly level but not awful.
THANK you SO much for any help with this!

MrYoucandoityourself says:

I put a wax paper under new hardwood. It can’t guarantee a moisture protection. It helps:
– to slide hardwood boards faster
– to prevent squeaks of wood on wood
If you are installing new hardwood in the rooms on the ground floor or in the basement, I recommend using moisture barrier. But actually it should be under your existing hardwood flooring.
If moisture is high it is better to install a floating floor. Every project is different. Unfortunately I do not see your room…

razor19er says:

I’m a first-timer installing 3/4″ x 5″ Brazilian Cherry over top of 3/4″ x 1 1/2″.  With the Brazilian Cherry special emphasis in on prepping the existing floors. There were several holes in the existing floor that I’ve filled with 3/4″ unfinished hardwood.  Two questions:

1.  Should the new Brazilian Cherry flooring be laid in the same direction as the existing flooring? 

2.  Even though the hardwood has the same 3/4″ thickness the floor is not flat.  I’m going to use a belt sander to correct.  Is this okay? 

Any input or recommendations?  Thanks!

Pam E says:

If the existing floor has many many squeaks will the floor still squeak after this overlay process? Do you have to add a vapor barrier eventhoughits not being installed over concrete?

Sergei Danilenkov says:

sorry, hardwood OVER parquet

Lou Del Bove says:

If installing directly over existing hardwood, is it absolutely necessary to install vapour barrier (I assume that is the sheet below the new wood). Thanks in advance.

michellex1013 says:

Can I install a floating engineered hardwood floor over an existing engineered hardwood floor that is glued to concrete slab. Its at/above ground. What do I put between floors?

James P says:

Why do you have to remove old hardwood flooring before placing new hardwood flooring? Why do you HAVE to remove the old hardwood flooring? Why is it OK not remove the parquet?


Question. might be stupid  but here it goes. is that a nail gun? if so would the wood be able to expand?

writereducator says:

The previous owner had hundreds of flat head nails driven into the oak floors. Do you recommend removing the old floors or just putting a new floor over the existing one (perpendicularly)? 

Antonio Gonzalez says:

What size nail your using ? Can I glue it instead?

MrYoucandoityourself says:

Any questions? I am here to help you!

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