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The use of pallet wood is fast becoming a popular trend in the construction of new houses or redesigning or redecorating old homes. The pallet wood is often times used for flooring. But before we give you the how to guide on how to make pallet wood flooring, a bit of information about pallet wood, especially to the novices who are interested. A pallet, by the way, is an equipment used to support and transfer items or goods. The items will be placed on the pallet and a fork lift or front loader or a pallet jack will be used to lift the pallet, together with the items on it and transported to another area. Pallets can be made of a lot of materials like metal, plastic, recycled items or even paper but the most commonly used are pallets made of wood.
Wooden pallets are often discarded, even if they are not broken yet so some people have taught of ways to make use of them, especially at home. One of the most common ways to recycle wooden pallets is for flooring. The first thing you need to do to make pallet wood flooring is to gather the materials, the most important of which, is of course, the wooden pallets. The number would actually depend on the size of the flooring you want to make so better take measurements so you will know how much wood you would need. Other materials would include the following: ply bar or claw hammer, nail puller, underlayment paper used for wood flooring, stapler and a half inch staples, utility knife, flooring nails of different sizes, drill, tape measure, stud sensor, flooring spacers at three quarters of an inch, saw (circular and table), goggles and a nail set tool.
First you need to take the pallets apart. You can use claw hammers and nail pullers for this. Then check each plank or board if they are to your liking or not. Use straight ones. Use the stud finder to locate the joists and mark every single one. Roll and staple the underlayment paper across the floor until the whole floor is covered. Use the utility knife to cut the extra paper. Do a layout of the flooring. Remember that rows should be staggered and not aligned and that often times, wood floors form a right angle to their joists (perpendicular). Once layout is done, double check if there is a quarter of an inch in between the layout’s and the wall’s perimeter. Start installing at the corner and make sure you nail the boards with a 3 inch nail on each side. One great tip is to pre drill nail holes to avoid breaking the boards. Continue to nail and hammer, making sure that they are arranged the way you planned on your layout. Once all boards have been nailed, you can start cleaning and smoothing the floors out using a good brand of wood finish wax. It would probably need several coats for the floor to look real good.