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Hardwood Floor –part 4: How to Stair and Handrail


This is part 4 of our Hardwood Floor series. If you want to see other videos of the series, visit the following links:
hardwood floor part 1: how to prepare
hardwood floor part2: how to install
hardwood floor part3: how totrim

We are going to show you how to replace your steel spiral handrails with solid hardwood handrails. Replace carpet with solid hardwood stairs.
1. don’t remove your old stair and rails. You need to use the old handrails to shape the new handrail.

2. Make handrail: apply glue to laminations- sandwich together, wipe excess glue, and tape around about every two feet to hold together. Clamp the new 7-layer laminated one to your old rail. You need to do it quick because you will only have a few minutes before it dries.

Use as many clamps as you could find to hold the rail against the old railing. If you don’t have enough clamps, I have found that making square horseshoe shaped pieces make for a great bending rail bracket.

3. remove the new handrails (which were attached to the old handrail in the above step). And then remove the old handrails, remove the old carpets etc.
4. Make Stairs: there are two kinds of planks. One I used for the regular floor, this is just a regular plank. The second kind is closer to the edge with a “nose”. Cut risers and treads to stringer frames and to each other with trim screws and finish nails. Simply cover the old wood surface with the new hardwood surface.
4. When the stair unit is completely finished. Attach the handrail with balusters. You need to have a few people to help you to hold the handrails, balusters etc.

If you want to see other videos of the series, visit the following links:
hardwood floor part 1: how to prepare
hardwood floor part2: how to install
hardwood floor part3: how totrim

Hardwood Floor –part 3: How to Trim


This is part 3 of our Hardwood Floor series.
If you want to see other videos of the series, visit the following links:
hardwood floor part 1: how to prepare
hardwood floor part2: how to install
hardwood floor part 4: how to stair and handrail

In this video we, are showing how to make a trim, and how to install trim.

7. Trim and finish
7.1. caulking, between wood and stone
7.2. Trim using finish nail
Use the stud finder to find the wood stud behind the wall.
7.3. planer and sander to save money better color match than buying molding.
If you have this kind of plain plank, how do you make this kind of trim?
Use planer, file and sander.

If you want to see other videos of the series, visit the following links:
hardwood floor part 1: how to prepare
hardwood floor part2: how to install
hardwood floor part 4: how to stair and handrail

Hardwood Floor –part 2: How to Install


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This is part 2 of our Hardwood Floor series. If you want to see other videos of the series, visit the following links:
hardwood floor part 1: how to prepare
hardwood floor part3: how totrim
hardwood floor part 4: how to stair and handrail

This part 2 is:
5. Prepare subfloor
5.1. if the plywood underneath your floor is in good condition you can leave it, otherwise remove the upper layers of the floor until you reach the floor’s foundation. It is especially important to remove particle board if you floor lies upon it.
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5.2. install plywood preferred: ¾”, min thick 5/8”.
5.3. make it flat
6. Nail
6.1. plan the interleave
6.2. inspect the width of the planks.
6.3. regular nailer is used to face nail when the floor nailer is too big.
6.4. fastening each board with at least two fasteners
6.5. 8-10″ apart and 1-1 1/2″ from the ends (to avoid splitting).
6.6. Tighten boards as necessary to reduce gaps before fastening.
6.7. The last 1-2 rows will need to be face-nailed where clearance does not permit blind nailing with stapler or brad nailer. Pre-drill and face-nail on the tongue side following
6.8. spline. Cut the paint stick and glue the two grooves together if you have to join two grooves.
6.9. High traffic area can apply glue to minimize squeaky floor boards later

5. Prepare subfloor
5.1. if the plywood underneath your floor is in good condition you can leave it, otherwise remove the upper layers of the floor until you reach the floor’s foundation. It is especially important to remove particle board if you floor lies upon it.
.
5.2. install plywood preferred: ¾”, min thick 5/8”.
5.3. make it flat

6. Nail
6.1. plan the interleave
6.2. inspect the width of the planks.
6.3. regular nailer is used to face nail when the floor nailer is too big.
6.4. fastening each board with at least two fasteners
6.5. 8-10″ apart and 1-1 1/2″ from the ends (to avoid splitting).
6.6. Tighten boards as necessary to reduce gaps before fastening.
6.7. The last 1-2 rows will need to be face-nailed where clearance does not permit blind nailing with stapler or brad nailer. Pre-drill and face-nail on the tongue side following
6.8. spline. Cut the paint stick and glue the two grooves together if you have to join two grooves. If you want to join two planks with both grooves, you may cut a paint stick (the stick to stir the paint). The paint stick is just the right thickness.
6.9. High traffic area can apply glue to minimize squeaky floor boards later

If you want to see other videos of the series, visit the following links:
hardwood floor part 1: how to prepare
hardwood floor part3: how totrim
hardwood floor part 4: how to stair and handrail