How to Fit Solid Oak Flooring

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How to Fit Solid Oak Flooring
Oak or wood flooring attaches by a tongue and groove. (wood background image by MAXFX from

Solid oak flooring is a hardwood floor that you can install in any room of your house, such as a living room or the kitchen. This type of flooring can be installed on a new sub floor or installed after an old floor has been removed. Before you install the sold oak flooring you will need to measure the dimensions of the room to determine how much flooring will be required to finish the project.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Chalk line
  • Nail Gun
  • Circular saw
  • Pull bar
  • Block of wood
  • Hammer
  • Pneumatic stapler

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  1. 1

    Pick up the wood flooring from a home improvement store and take it inside your home. Let it set for at least two days so it can acclimate to the same environment as the room where it will be installed.

  2. 2

    Measure out a ½-inch from the side of each wall in the room with the tape measure. Make a mark on the floor at each corner of the room with the pencil.

  3. 3

    Place one end of a chalk line on one mark and stretch it to the other mark on the other end of the room. Pull up on the chalk line and then let go to put a line on the floor. Repeat this step for each wall in the room. This will indicate the gap to leave for the expansion of the wood.

  4. 4

    Set the first piece in place along the wall and secure it with the nail gun. Place the nail into the tongue of the oak flooring.

  5. 5

    Measure the distance from the end of the piece of flooring to the chalk line with the tape measure. Transfer the measurements to a piece of wood flooring and cut it to the required length with the circular saw.

  6. 6

    Slide the cut piece into place. Insert a pull bar over the end of the piece of flooring and pull it towards the first piece. Secure the flooring with the nail gun.

  7. 7

    Set the other half of the cut piece in place for the second row. Set a block of wood in front of the piece of flooring and tap on it with the hammer. This will align the pieces of flooring together.

  8. 8

    Secure it with the nail gun and then install flooring in the same manner as the first row to complete the second row.

  9. 9

    Continue to repeat the installation steps to finish flooring in the room. Use the pneumatic stapler to secure the remaining pieces of flooring once you have completed at least three rows.

Tips and warnings

  • If the weather is warm you can store the wood floor in a garage if there is no room in the house.
  • A pneumatic stapler can be rented at your local Home Depot store.

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