It is extremely important that the floor surface is absolutely clean
and dry. If necessary, vacuum or sweep area frequently as you work.
by undercutting all door casings, jambs, etc. for the new planks
to fit under. A short length of planking can serve as a marking
guide for cutting.
When possible, start the installation along the longest outside
wall. If measuring proves the room to be unsquare, as most are,
you will need to adjust accordingly and snap a chalkline near the
wall. This line will serve as a straight guide for the first row
Select a few starter planks that perfectly straight. Apply a 1/4"
wide bead of our recommended construction adhesive in a running
"S" pattern along the full length of the underside of the plank.
With the chalkline as your reference, place the first board with
the groove edge toward the wall. Be sure to leave 1/8" to 1/4"
space against all walls. This gap will later be covered by base
or shoe molding.
Nail the groove edge to the subfloor with the pneumatic pin nailer,
being sure to keep downward pressure on the plank with your free
hand as you work. Nail should be spaced about every three to four
inches. (NOTE: Only the starter row is nailed along the groove
edge.) Finish installing the first row in this manner, making
sure that the end joints are fully seated as you progress.
hold the nailer at a 45 degree angle so that the tip rests firmly
in the trough created by the tongue and the upper edge of the plank.
(see photo) Nail the full length of the row through the tongue at
this angle, placing nails every three to four inches apart.
When the first row is complete, select planks for the second row.
Here, and as you work your way across the room, stagger the end
joints as much as possible so they will be evenly distributed throughout
the finished floor. The varying lengths supplied in each bundle
will simplify this.
Glue the boards of the second row and set them with the groove edge
along the previously nailed tongue edge.
Tap each new board into place with a hammer and block of wood so
that the tongue and groove edges are snug. (Note: Never strike the
plank directly with the hammer as this can damage the tongue)
Continue installing each new row. Glue, tap snug, nail tongued edge
every three to four inches. In some cases, such as bay window or
closet areas, it may be necessary to reverse directions or back-fill
an area. In that case you will be installing a groove against a
groove and will need to use a spline. Glue the spline into the groove,
this will transform the groove into a tongue. You can then continue
installing as usual.