Pre-Move - Dave-Anderson

The first course of hardwood is the most critical. The edge that will mate with the rest of the floor has to be straight and provide the proper 1/4"-3/8" expansion gap from the wall, but walls are not generally straight. I measured the proper distance from the wall at both ends accounting for the gap then snapped a chalk line so I could check the gap all along the wall. If the gap was too narrow or too wide at any point along the wall I would have to cut the wall side of the planks to match any irregularities then move the line accordingly. I lucked out -- this wall is straight enough. :) The first course has to be face-nailed then all nails countersunk, putty to be applied later. I was able to use the power nailer after this.

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