In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to install a beautiful wood floor in just less than one day.
- Trim doorjambs and casings to allow new flooring to slip underneath. Place floor plank on subfloor, lay pull saw on top and saw through jambs and casings at all doorways.
- Cover the subfloor with thin foam-rubber underlayment. Butt the underlayment seams together, don't overlap them, then staple to subfloor.
- Lay first floor plank along starting wall with its grooved edge facing out. Be sure to leave ¼-inch expansion space between plank and baseboard.
- Measure distance from end of plank to wall. Subtract ¼ inch for expansion space.
- Cut floor plank to length with power miter saw.
- Snap together the boards in first row and slide into place; be sure to maintain ¼-inch expansion space along the wall.
- Continue to install planks in this manner, making sure to stagger joints from one row to the next.
- When necessary, use a hammer and tapping block to gently tap closed joints between the rows of flooring.
- At the ending wall, rip floor planks to width with a circular saw. Don't forget to subtract ¼ inch for the expansion space along the wall.
- Use a pry bar to force closed the joints of the planks in the last row.
- Install transition moldings to cover the thresholds at all adjoining rooms.
- Cover the expansion space around perimeter of room with shoe molding. Be sure to nail the shoe to the baseboard, not the floor.