Tools to Use for Engineered Hardwood Installation
There are different tools used in an engineered hardwood installation. These tools include the following which are standard in any installation.
- Pry Bar
- Screw or Nail Gun
- Claw Hammer
- Tape Measure
- Circular Saw
Each of these tools serves a specific purpose in the installation of the engineered hardwood flooring. They give the installer the way to take up the existing flooring and prepare the way for the installation of the new engineered hardwood flooring. This article will briefly explain the tools used in the installation of an engineered hardwood floor. Please note that the list of tools above is not an exhaustive list of the tools necessary in the installation of an engineered hardwood floor.
A pry bar is a tool that is required for any floor installation, regardless of whether you are talking about solid wood flooring or engineered wood flooring. The pry bar is a simple machine or lever that provides a way to take up the old flooring quickly and easily. The pry bar can pull up nails and screws lodged in the flooring and provide you with a way to prepare the floor for the installation of the new engineered hardwood flooring.
A pry bar is a must have tool for all do-it-yourself construction and renovation or repair projects that you have.
Screw or Nail Gun
The screw or nail gun help to make easy work of the installation of your engineered hardwood floor. The screw or nail gun drives the appropriate fastener into the wood flooring planks, securing them to the floor joists and subflooring below. Although it is possible to work without either of these tools, the process of securing the engineered wood flooring will become that much more labor intensive over their use. Because the speed and efficiency needed in attaching fasteners to the floor boards, it is highly recommended to gain access to either a screw gun or nailer.
A hammer can also serve as a pry bar for removing the existing flooring. The claw end of the hammer is designed specifically to work as a pry bar in the case where a regular pry bar is not available or readily accessible.
A chisel, when used in tandem with a hammer, can easily take up old floor boards and assist in the preparation of the flooring in order to install the engineered hardwood. The chisel can be easily positioned underneath the seams in the flooring and with a tap from the hammer used to remove the flooring in order for it to be removed and replaced with new flooring.
A tape measure is used to gain measurements of the room in which the engineered flooring will be installed. The tape measure measures the rooms length and width used to calculate the square footage. This number helps determine the amount of engineered wood flooring needed for the installation.
A circular saw should be available in order to cut the engineered hardwood flooring to size and prepare it to be placed on the subflooring.