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Wood Floor Installation

Wood floor installation is easier after you read these how-tos and tips.

  1. How to Prevent Gaps in Wood Plank Floors

    Gaps in wood floors can usually be prevented by letting wood acclimate before installation. Wood filler won't help much, and will often make the floors look worse.

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  1. How to Make Wood Steps Safer

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    Various types of grit added to paint will make wood steps slip-resistant. Use special plastic grit and you’ll never see it, even as the paint wears away.

  2. How to Install Pine Floors

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    If you love the look and feel of wood beneath your feet, wide-plank heart pine flooring is an exciting option. It can’t quite transport you to the Old South, but a pine floor will transform your rooms with its soft patina and rich glow.  It has two other plusses: It’s easier to install than hardwood. You can skip the tricky sanding that goes along with an oak or maple floor. And it actually looks richer and more attractive as it ages. In this article, we’ll show you how to choose and order your material, install it and finish it with our easy finish method.

  3. Installing Wood Flooring Over Concrete

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    You can install a wood plank floor over concrete if you first install a layer of 3/4-in. plywood. We show you the best way to do it.

  4. How to Buy Wood Flooring

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    Learn how to size up the many types of wood floors available and make the choice that best fits your home and budget. We'll tell you the strengths and weaknesses of solid wood floors and laminated wood floors, as well as the price range and the skills you'll need if you want to install them yourself. We'll also give you expert buying advice so you can shop for your wood floor and get the best deal possible.

  5. How to Install a Snap-Together Wood Floor

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    Snap-together wood flooring is so easy to install that you lay a beautiful, yet durable hardwood floor in a weekend—no messy glue and no heavy nailing. It's prefinished too, so no dusty sanding and painstaking finish work. In this article we'll show you how to prepare your floor and then lay the boards. It's the perfect project for the novice who has some simple carpentry skills.

  6. Install Prefinished Wood Flooring

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    Prefinished, engineered wood flooring is an affordable DIY alternative to the traditional sanded and finished solid wood floor. Installation is fast and clean: start on Saturday morning and have a completed floor by Monday morning.

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