Beginning with a tile floor that was installed over wood, the woodworking  project begins with removing both the tile and the old wood underneath. After cleaning up and putting down 15-pound felt paper, it is time to install the new floor. Work begins with checking to ensure that the first course of flooring clears a floor register near a corner.

This particular room has a bowed wall, so it is necessary to use a snapline for accuracy. Keeping the first three rows absolutely perfect will result in a room greatly improved in its appearance. The installer needs to nail the first row directly into the floor joist. Subsequent rows are nailed at the tongue using 8D finish nails, which are completely hidden with the addition of the next row. Beginning with the fourth row and continuing until nearly reaching the opposite wall, the nails can be driven with a power nailer rather than by hand. At that distance, there is room for the nailer to clear the wall.

Vacuum the work area regularly to avoid ensconcing any debris in the floor. Subsequent rows of felt paper should be overlapped at least four inches. Board length needs to be staggered so that the seam in any course is at least six inches away from a seam in adjacent courses. The final few rows will need to be seated with the assistance of a power jack to ensure a snug fit. Finish the room by replacing baseboard molding.

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