How to Lay Wood Flooring

In this article we look at how to lay wood flooring in six steps that you can follow yourself. If you’ve followed my other article on how to lay laminate flooring, then many of the steps are very similar, but there are a few differences when it comes to laying a hardwood floor. If you’re nervous about how to lay wood flooring and about your level of DIY skills in general, don’t be afraid to ask a more experienced friend if they can help out. Technological advancements with in hardwood flooring have meant that the products are both higher quality, and easier to fit as well.

Before we get started with our how to lay wood flooring guide, you’ll need to ensure your wood flooring has been left in the room you plan to install it in for at least 48 hours before you start the process of laying. This is an important step since the boards themselves are composed from a natural material, they must be allowed to acclimatise to the new room temperature and moisture levels they will be exposed to. As the boards adjust to the new environment, they will expand or contract accordingly. You also need to make sure that you clean your sub-floor thoroughly to remove any dirt and small particles that may cause problem when you come to lay the wood flooring.

Let’s make a start and begin our guide to how to lay wood flooring:

Step 1 – tools for the job

  • a panel saw or electric saw (e.g. circular saw)
  • tile spacers
  • safety glasses
  • a hammer
  • a pencil
  • set square
  • knee pads
  • masking tape
  • a sharp craft knife
  • tapping block
  • a pulling bar
  • self-adhesive underlay

Step 2 – how to measure for your wood floor

To calculate the amount of wood flooring you’ll need for your project, you will have to measure you space to calculate the total area squared that needs to be covered. Wood flooring comes in various pack sizes depending on the variety you buy, and these packs tell you both the board dimensions, and the overall coverage achievable per pack. In order to calculate how many packs of wood flooring necessary for your project, first measure the width of your room and the length. Multiply these numbers by each other to give you your total area size. Awkward rooms can sometimes be difficult to measure, but the best way to try and overcome this it to try and divide up your area into smaller spaces that you can be square off, and then add the individual area sizes of these squares together. To calculate how many packs of wood flooring you’ll need, take your total area size (this needs to be in the same units as the ones used on the wood flooring packaging), and divide this number by the total area covered on one packet of wood boards.

It’s highly advisable to acquire at least ten percent extra boards than what you calculated you will need for your project. This is to avoid running out of boards in the middle of your projects in case of mistakes or bad measurements.

Step 3 – marking out your wood floor

Unlike when you lay a tiled floor, there is no need to mark out the position of each wood board that you lay. However, it is recommended that you lay a trial row before you begin installing the self-adhesive underlay. This is to help to determine the direction and position you will begin laying the flooring, and also to help calculate how much of the end-of-row boards you will need to cut when you come to it. A good tip is to start laying your wood flooring in the lightest part of the room. You should try to avoid a layout that will result in you having to cut more than 50% away from the depth of your end-of-row boards, or less than 400mm off from the width of your boards.

Step 4 – laying self-adhesive underlay

We will be installing a ‘floating floor’ through the methods used in this tutorial. This means that technically the new wood flooring is not directly fixed to the old sub-floor. This is a very common, efficient, and perfectly effective way to install wood flooring. With this in mind, begin laying your underlay with the shiny-side up. This is because the shiny side is the one that features adhesive. Ensure you have your spacers in place, and you are laying the rolls at a 90 degree angle to the way you will lay your laminate boards; this is to prevent the seams between the pieces of underlay ever corresponding to the joins between the piece of wood flooring. As you lay the underlay, make sure there is no gap or overlap between the sections as either of these might cause the wood boards to sink or stand proud. The goal here is a nice consistent surface. Tape down the joins between the sections with a bit of masking tape to hold them in place.

Step 5 – laying wood flooring

Using the layout you established previously, start by removing a section of the protective film on the underlay by about the half the width of a wood board. Then gently lay your first board in place (making sure your spacers are still in place). If you’re happy with the position of the first board, peel back more of the protective film to expose the board to the adhesive completely. In the same way you can continue throughout the room, gradually peeling the adhesive film back as you go.

Most wood flooring features a tongue and groove fitting profile. These boards should fit together easily and, and can be joined together by introducing the new board at a 45 degree angle to the previous one, then slotting it in place as you lower it. You can use your beating block or pulling bar to further encourage the boards in place if necessary.

End-of-row boards can be cut using the saw you have available, and by marking the board where the cut needs to be made. Take care to cut the board the right way up as different saws may cause damage to either the top side or underside of the wood. Remember to use your safety glasses as you do this.

Step 6 – applying the finishing touches

It’s recommended that you wait at least 48 hours before applying any finishing touches to your flooring such as trims or scotias. This will allow the floor to settle in further.

Use a mitre box to help with cutting your trims and scotias at an angle. Transition bars can also be used where your new floor meets with a doorway or a different floor surface.

Congratulations! You now know how to lay wood flooring!

How to Use Wood in BBQ Smokers

Wood is the very essence of smoking good barbecue. It’s what adds the flavor. Back in the day wood was used exclusively, but it is very difficult to control the temperature and the amount of smoke getting on the meat. Nowadays, most people use charcoal, gas, pellet or electric smokers. The wood is added in chunks, pellets or sawdust which smolders and provides good smoke.

Over smoking the meat is the most common mistake beginners make. Beginners should start with a little wood at first and then work their way up. It’s a common misconception that you need to soak the wood before you put it in, but soaking the wood doesn’t make much difference. Wood doesn’t absorb water very well and quickly evaporates. If you put soaked wood on charcoal coals, it will cool off the coals and you want to maintain a steady temperature when smoking meats.

The flavor you end up with varies depending on the type of wood you use. The best kind of wood is dry non-green wood, It’s important when choosing wood to not choose a wood that has sap content like pines, cedar, fir, Cyprus, spruce or redwood. The sap causes the meat to taste funny. Also, never use scraps of lumber because the lumber is usually treated with chemicals. Not good for smoking barbecue. Some of the more popular choices for wood are hickory, apple, alder, and mesquite. Hickory and mesquite impart a very heavy strong flavor to the meat so it is best for heavily spiced meat like ribs. Apple and alder wood have a sweeter, lighter smoke and is best for not heavily spiced meat like fish and chicken.

With charcoal BBQ smokers, you can throw the chips right in the mix with the charcoal. For gas grills, wood chunks work the best. If you can’t get the chunks to smolder, then try wrapping the wood chunks in tin foil and cutting some slits on the top. Place the foil bag of wood chunks on top of the heating coals. The wood should start smoldering in a few minutes. It’s important to add the wood early in the barbecue smoking process. Cold meat absorbs more of the smoke.

You should measure the amount of wood you put in each time. That way you can adjust the amount each time to get the desired effect. The amount will vary according to the thickness of the meat. You should put in about 4 ounces of wood for ribs, 8 ounces for brisket and pulled pork, and about 2 ounces for chicken, turkey and fish.

Sometimes you need to get creative if the wood starts to burn or you have a long barbecue smoke. You may need to put the wood in an iron skillet on top of the coals to insulate it more. You can also create what’s known as a smoke bomb for longer barbecue smokes. Put the wood in two foil pans and fill one with enough water to cover the chips. The one without water will smolder right away. When the water evaporates from the second one it will kick in and smolder. That way you don’t have to keep opening up the door to add more wood.

The Excellence and Matchless Beauty of Wood Furniture

Wood furniture is known for its incomparable beauty and utility that is undeniable. Though modern homes include furniture made of other materials like steel, glass and so forth, the magnificence of the so called wood furniture is par excellence.

Furniture made of wood includes timeless and classic beauty which lasts for an entire life time. For this reason even today most of the people prefer to use furniture made of solid wood. There are various types of wood furniture as there are many types of wood. Wood is basically categorized as hard wood and soft wood. Both theses types of woods are used for different types of furniture.

Reasons Why Wood Furniture is Preferred

Furniture made of wood is in vogue even today because of many reasons. Some of the most important reasons are listed as follows:

Durability: furniture made of wood lasts for a longer period of time and ages with grace.

Easy to clean: regular dusting ensures clean and shiny furniture even after several years though polishing is essential every year to retain its unique and exceptional glow.

Blends with the décor: another attractive feature of the furniture made of wood is that it blends easily with the other furniture in your home. It bestows a classical and opulent appearance to the entire décor of your home.

Unique design: each piece of furniture made of wood is exceptional and unique. Some wood include grain designs which are unique and are used in most of the modern furniture today.

Can be carved with intricate designs: no furniture can be carved with intricate patterns and designs like the wood furniture.

Reasonable: furniture made of wood costs less if it is made of soft wood like pine and cedar. Though hard wood like mahogany and oak which is used for furniture, costs a huge amount, it will lasts for more than a decade.

Versatile: furniture made of wood can be shaped and designed into various forms and since each piece of furniture is unique, it costs more.

Variety of Products Made of Wood

Various types of furniture are made of wood due to its versatility, durability and matchless beauty. It is known to enhance the décor of any room. Wooden bed, dinning table, computer table, showcase, chairs and so forth are preferred by most of the people today.

Though furniture made of wood is known to be tensile and durable, proper care should be taken so that it lasts for a longer period of time retaining its natural beauty. Wood furniture should not be exposed to direct sunlight and water as it can cause permanent damage. Furniture made of wood should be covered with polish.

Different types of wood like rosewood, oak, pine, cedar, and mahogany are used to manufacture different kinds of furniture. Teak wood is widely used as home as well as office furniture as it is strong and sturdy where as pine wood exemplifies beauty and elegance at the same time.

Wood furniture is known to amplify the décor of any room it is placed in. Used in combination with innovative designs and contemporary styles, it is known to be the best choice for your home.