How easily install hardwood flooring? - Router Forums
 1Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-24-2018, 03:51 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2017
Country: United States
First Name: N/a
Posts: 8
 
Question How easily install hardwood flooring?

Do anyone know the tips for installing hardwood flooring over carpet? Is it the right idea to do so?

Last edited by emmaemily; 08-24-2018 at 03:54 AM.
emmaemily is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-24-2018, 03:56 AM
Forum Contributor
 
Stick486's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Country: United States
First Name: Stick
Posts: 24,706
 
Default

that will one serious mistake...
pull the carpet...
where did you hear about how to do that???

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

Stick....
Forget the primal scream, just ROAR!!!
"SNORK Mountain Congressional Library and Taxidermy”
Stick486 is online now  
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-24-2018, 07:21 AM
Registered User
 
sreilly's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2018
Country: United States
First Name: Steve
Posts: 934
 
Default

Yeah, Stick's right....why would you want to install wood floors over carpet? If you're installing laminate you'd want a thin foam pad made for that purpose but never carpet. Pull the carpet and make sure the nails/staples are removed as well. In fact I'd vacuum the floor before installing the wood.
sreilly is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-24-2018, 08:01 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Country: United States
First Name: N/a
Posts: 9
 
Default

Well that depends,,my son has a shop and it had a thin carpet which had been glued down, tried pulling a bit up and it was virtually impossible. We wanted to fit Laminate flooring and I took the view that the carpet could probably take the place of the thin foam underlay you would normally lay. That was 9 years ago and despite the heavy footfall there have been no problems. Hardwood flooring though,,clearly not small pieces, but if they are planks, and the carpet was difficult to remove and not particulary thick, then I might give it a go,,how do you plan to fix it though?
Steve.
Stevekane is offline  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-24-2018, 10:30 AM
Moderation Team
 
Cherryville Chuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Country: Canada
First Name: Charles
Posts: 14,870
 
Default

I think it might cause you a great deal of trouble during installation and I'm not sure it would turn out level. I'm also not sure if the tongues might be prone to splitting after. I wouldn't risk it. You might want to lay a layer of tarpaper down under it. I didn't add it and I get a bit of noise walking across it and I've heard the tarpaper can eliminate that..

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
Cherryville Chuck is offline  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-24-2018, 10:33 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Country: United States
First Name: Mark
Posts: 33
 
Default

Seriously, bad idea. Get all flooring off and to the dump, then put vapor barrier (I've used heavy brown paper) down overlapping and stapled, then hardwood. I've done about 6000 s.f. and shot about 20,000 wedged nails with a $125 HF pneumatic flooring hammer gun, and only have had 4 jammed nails.
Herb Stoops likes this.
mark greenbaum is offline  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-24-2018, 01:00 PM
Registered User
 
Knothead47's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Country: United States
First Name: John
Posts: 2,449
 
Default

Get rid of the carpet and clean off any pad that sticks. BTW, forget laminate- like walking on cardboard. AMHIK.

John T.
Life is like water-skiing; if you slow down, you go down.
Knothead47 is offline  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-24-2018, 01:08 PM
Forum Contributor
 
Herb Stoops's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Country: United States
First Name: Herb
Posts: 7,352
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mark greenbaum View Post
Seriously, bad idea. Get all flooring off and to the dump, then put vapor barrier (I've used heavy brown paper) down overlapping and stapled, then hardwood. I've done about 6000 s.f. and shot about 20,000 wedged nails with a $125 HF pneumatic flooring hammer gun, and only have had 4 jammed nails.
GO Harbor Freight!!!
Herb
Herb Stoops is offline  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-26-2018, 11:21 AM
Registered User
 
CharleyL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Country: United States
First Name: Charley
Posts: 1,984
 
Default

Some HF tools are real gems with great prices. Their floor nailer is one of these gems, but get that floor down to a smooth wood surface before installing the new floor. Put down a good vapor barrier, and then nail down your new floor.

Eight years ago I installed a Kempas hardwood floor in my 6 1/2' wide by 74' hallway just before I had my knees replaced. I ended up lying face down on a mechanics creeper and using gel insert knee pads in order to do it. I'm about to replace 800' of carpet in the living and dining room with a maple hardwood floor, but I'm giving serious thought to paying a contractor to do it, since even with both knees replaced, I can no longer work at floor level, even while wearing the gel knee pads.

Charley

Central North Carolina
CharleyL is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-26-2018, 06:37 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Country: United States
First Name: Charles
Posts: 187
 
Default

I had glued down shag carpet in my trailer and needed to remove it. I used a heat gun and a oscillating multi tool with an end cutter. It took some time and a lot of swear words, but I finally got it removed. Only to discover that there was a layer of linoleum over a layer of vinyl tile. Anyone want a trailer in need of restoration?

<Chas>

I'll burn that bridge when I come to it
CharlesWebster is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Oak Hardwood Flooring to Make Cabinets Jetski New Member Introductions 13 07-07-2014 07:52 AM
Trim Hardwood flooring to allow tile placement Bob Jackson General Routing 5 10-03-2013 08:18 PM
hardwood flooring Houston loreanice DIY and Renovation 6 04-24-2013 02:39 PM
5 Tips When Choosing Hardwood Flooring John_smith Project Plans and How To 0 10-17-2008 06:19 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome