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6 Essential Tools for Installing Wood Floors

By Michael Hilton

Replacing your home's old carpet or linoleum with new wood floors is a home improvement project which can transform the look and feel of your old house. Not only do wood floors look elegant, but they also are easy to clean and they complement most interior design aesthetics. Installing new wood floors can also be a DIY-friendly project, if you have the skills, the time, and of course the right tools.

6 Tools for DIY Wood Floor Installation

From saws to finishing tools, these six essentials will make the job easier--and the results more professional.

  • Circular saw. This handheld electric saw is an essential addition to any home improvement toolbox, and it is the best tool to use when cutting large sheets of plywood or underlayment. You can expect to pay about $125 for a quality circular saw, and there are now many cordless models available.
  • Table saw. A small benchtop model is more than adequate for most flooring projects, and it is the best tool for making straight rip cuts in long pieces of flooring. You can spend about $225 on an entry level table saw, but of course, the price climbs as the size and quality of the saw increases.
  • Jig saw. This handheld electric saw is essential when making curved cuts in pieces of wood. This type of saw doesn't get used all the time, but it is one of the only ways to make a clean circular cut in a floorboard. A quality jig saw can be purchased for about $60.
  • Cordless drill/driver. Used to drill pilot holes or set screws, this is one of the most useful tools a homeowner can own. From installing a wood floor to hanging a picture on the wall, you will find hundreds of uses for this soon-to-be favorite tool. Although you can purchase a cordless drill for as little as $40, models which cost about $125 will run longer on a single charge and generally perform much better than less expensive models.
  • Pneumatic finish nailer. Used for installing trim and nailing starter floorboards, a finish nailer can really save a piece of wood from accidental hammer dings. Prices for finish nailers are about $150, but you will also need a small air compressor to use this tool. Several combination kits which include nailer and compressor are available for around $250.
  • Compound miter saw. Used to make perfectly square cuts in floorboards or angled miter cuts, a miter saw is another tool which will get used often. While professional models can get pricey, you should be able to purchase an entry level miter saw for around $200.

While the cost of all of these tools is significant, they all have uses beyond just installing wood floors. In fact, with these 6 essential tools, you will be ready to tackle most any home improvement project.

About the Author
Michael Hilton was the original creator of Carpet Buyers Handbook. Having owned and operated a carpet wholesale company, Hilton has a vast knowledge about all-things carpet related as well as other types of flooring.

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