The House That Jack Built – Laying Hardwood Flooring

Third Grade Maple Floor Installation

After reviewing the hardwood manufacturer installation instructions, watching You Tube, and consulting a handyman carpentry book.  We were ready to begin the installation of our hardwood floor.

The first three rows of board that were laid had to be pilot drilled (so the wood wouldn’t split when nailing), then hand nailed.  It was a tedious, but necessary process, because the power nailer had a long foot base requiring clearance of more then six inches from the wall to operate.

Finally, the task of hand nailing complete, my husband and son-in-law were ready to power nail.

Floor Installation with Power Nailer

There was a problem, the nailer wasn’t driving the nails all the way in to the board.  We were soon to find out why.  The old compressor that powered the nailer chose this day to retire…with blue sparks flying, it quit!

We were dead in the water until we purchased a replacement compressor.


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Down in my basement, lined neatly on a shelf are handwritten notebooks chronicling my life. After years of writing, the experience became more of a burden then an important part of my day so I quit writing. Five years later I took up writing again. This time it was in the form of a blog which gave me a place to hang out after I lost my job. From there my blog content morphed into writing about my general contractor experience building our house. As my life experiences grew so did my blog.

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