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Wooden Creativity: Learn from These 3 Resources and Become a Professional Carpenter

Do you have the conviction that you can work wonders with your hands?  Have you been dreaming of creating magnificent structures from wood?...

on May 18, 2018

Service of Garage Doors – a Brief and Novel Approach to Repair and Safety

Garage doors come in market with many shapes and sizes. Their individual functions vary from basic security of an area to concealment of necessary...

on May 17, 2018

8 Steps to Making Your Home Energy-Efficient

An eco-friendly home can be any shade of green, from the palest mint to the most in-depth forests. Through adopting some ecologically-friendly...

on May 17, 2018

Add a Deck to Your Commercial Location to Increase its Value

Are you the owner of a restaurant, nightclub, or other commercial location? If so, you may well be looking for a quick and easy way to make a rapid...

on May 10, 2018

5 Reasons to Let a Professional Plumber Handle That Plumbing Job

When it comes to home improvement, some homeowners swear by having a professional do it while others would rather opt for the DIY route. While...

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The Do’ and Don’ts of Fitting Harwood Floors

by Guest on Sep 23, 2011

Harwood flooring is an expensive material and if you are installing it for the first time then here are a few pointers worth reading. If in doubt then call on a professional to do the job for you – remember, mistakes can often be more expensive to put right than the installation would have cost you in the first place.

Do:

1. Make sure the area you are looking at covering is in an appropriate condition for the job. It needs to be level and dry and the temperature in the room should be consistent.

2. Ensure that all the other trades have completed their work if the hardwood flooring installation is part of a larger project. Plastering, plumbing, electrics etc need to be finished before you lay the floor.

3. Leave your flooring materials to acclimatise within the room for 3 to 7 days before fitting to make problems at a later date less likely. Leave in the cartons but remove any plastic outer layers to allow the material to breathe.

4. Start from a measured centre line in the room or from the longest straight wall available. Work logically across the floor and avoid joints meeting by varying the lengths of boards as you go.

Don’t:

1. Attempt to lay engineered wood flooring unless you are confident that your joinery skills are up to the job. It could lead to a lot of wasted time and frustration as well as a disappointing result.

2. Forget to leave an expansion gap for the floor to naturally expand and contract into over time. Failure to do so could result in warped boards and an uneven floor.

3. Discard the manufacturer’s instructions. You may think you know best but a quick read won’t do any harm before you get started.

4. Be tempted to move furniture back into the room until your varnish is fully set. Again, read the instructions and if anything allow a little longer than recommended in order to ensure the best possible result.

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