Step 2: Find the Flooring Nails

using a magnetic nail finder to find the flooring nails
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Using 1-inch painter’s tape, make a rough approximation of the template's shape. Lay the template on the tape, and mark it by running a pencil around the template's inside edge. Place a magnetic nail finder where each floor joint crosses the pencil line. If you detect a nail, adjust the template location and repeat the process until the line is mostly nail-free.

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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill with a hole saw or hammer and a chisel
    • magnetic nail finder
      Magnetic nail finder
    • router
      Router with ½-inch bearing-over bit
    • nailset
      Nailset
    • flat prybar
      Pry bar
    • straightedge guide
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    • random orbit sander
      Random-orbit sander
    • notched trowel
      3/16-inch V-notch trowel
    • mallet
      Rubber mallet

    Shopping List

    1. Floor medallion

    2. 1-inch painter's tape

    3. Double-stick carpet tape

    4. 40-grit sandpaper for sander5. Moisture-cure urethane floor adhesive

    6. Urethane adhesive remover