Walk into any newly constructed or renovated house and you are sure to see wood flooring. Wood has quickly replaced carpet and linoleum as the flooring of choice in any home and for good reason – wood is durable, easy to clean, and gives a room a timeless look and feel.
Repurposing timbers to be used for wood flooring is a great project for any DIY handyman. Even though this may not be the easiest project, creating a piece of your home you will see everyday is something special and worth the extra time and labor.
The first step in any flooring project is figuring out how much wood you will need. Take some measurements of the area you will be flooring and come up with an exact square footage. Once you start collecting wood, be sure to get above this number, as you will likely need more.
Next, you will need to find wood to use! Old pallets are a great option as the boards are already uniformly cut. Asking around on the Internet or local businesses will usually produce good leads on where to find pallets. Deserted barns can be a gold mine for great lumber as well, just be sure to seek permission before taking anything.
Once you have enough lumber for your flooring project, you’ll likely notice nails and screws sticking out of these planks. These must be taken before you can start any of the cutting, sanding, and staining. This is where the KwickGripper from E.B. Tool Company comes in.
The KwickGripper is a revolutionary nail puller that makes removing stripped screws, headless nails, or mangled staples from reclaimed lumber a breeze. It is a tool box essential for any DIY handyman that uses wood for their projects. Before diving into your wood-flooring project, make sure you have the KwickGripper nail remover in your DIY tool bag.