Can You Install Your Own Hardwood?

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Do you want to install hardwood floors in your home? If so, you can save a lot of money if you do the actual installation on your own. With just a few helpers and the right tools, hardwood flooring installation is not that difficult. This article explains the most difficult aspects of hardwood floor installation. It should help you decide if the project is suitable for you. If you have the right tools and can grasp the instructions, you will find that installation is definitely manageable.

Lifting the Wood

Before you decide to install your own hardwood floor, do you need to make sure you are capable of handling the physical aspects of the work. If you already own a truck and can pick up the product directly from the store, this is a huge bonus. However, if you're not physically able to carry the prepackaged hardwood planks, you might want to reconsider.

Using a Miter Saw

The most important tool for hardwood flooring installation is a miter saw. You will basically make all of your cuts with the miter saw. It is also important that your miter saw is able to cut angles because most rooms aren't perfectly squared. Most modern miter saws have a compound blade that allows this, but older models often don't. The key to using a miter saw is to set it on a lightweight table that you can move around during the installation. You want to keep the saw in the room you're working on at the time.

Having a Helper

This is where it becomes very important to have at least one helper. One person can lay on the floor and measure the planks, marking directly on the wood where to make the cut. The other worker can then take the plank over to the miter saw and quickly make the cut. This way you don't need to be constantly getting up and down from the floor. Hardwood flooring is not particularly heavy, but there are many planks and you don't want to have to bend down and get on your knees between the installation of each plank. This will speed up the process and make it much less tiring in the end.

As you can see, installing hardwood floors is manageable if you have at least one helper and the right tools. Search out a flooring system that is made for self installation. These are generally lighter, easier to install and more affordable.  Contact an installer, like Carpet  World &  Floor Covering, for more help.