How to Install Wood Flooring

Charles PetersonPlan ahead for the best floor possible

Getting good results with wood-strip flooring has a lot to do with timing. The wood flooring needs time to acclimate to the room it will go in, the stains and finishes need time to dry to reach their maximum strength, and you need time to plan and execute the job to get the best looking, most durable results. Watch as Charles Peterson lays down the whole process in this For Pros, By Pros video series.


(Playing on this page) Charles Peterson outlines the basics of what makes a great flooring installation.

Getting Ready

A wood floor is only as good as the subfloor it goes over. Learn how to prep the surface for a flat and stable floor.

A little planning before you put down your first board will get you proffesional results.

Spread out all your flooring in advance to get even distributions of colors and textures.

Learn how to securley fasten the flooring to the subfloor.

Surfacing Equipment
(free video)

Watch this overview and get the right tools for the job.

Learn how to level the installed flooring with this powerful machine.

Get the whole floor smooth and clean before applying stain and finish.

Use the right applicators, colorants, and techniques for a uniform and vibrant look.

Choose the best protective finish for your new floor, and learn how to apply it right.

Floor Maintenance
(free video)

Learn how to keep your floor looking it's best for years to come.

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Distribute Hardwood Flooring before Nailing
Rack the boards and make installation a smoother operation

Charles Peterson

Combining his graduate work in engineering and wood science with his passion for hardwood flooring, Charles Peterson has become a nationally recognized hardwood flooring specialist. He is also president of the International Parquetry Historical Society and of Wood Flooring Education, and is the founder of

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This professional-level resource covers every aspect of installing residential wood flooring.


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    Apr 16, 2013 by Jonathan W | Posted in Do It Yourself (DIY)

    I have a small new wood stove, and I would like to install it in my basement. I already have a chimney with a flue that has been inspected. I need to learn how to set it up and protect the walls near it, etc. Not having much luck with online resources. The setup will be an "L" shaped exhaust from the top of the stove into a hole in the side of the chimney. Any forums or other resources that are handy?

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