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#1 posted 01-28-2018 04:03 PM

I am guessing you are using tongue and groove solid boards vs the “snap together” type?
Lowe’s has some some good videos on YouTube for a starting point:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikx7I8mlVxI

if you do not fasten the first row securely, the following boards will wander off center
just as you are experiencing.
maybe you have the “left and right” confused with how you stand in the room ???
you should start with the groove side towards the wall – then there is no need to slice off the tongue
as you progress through the room. make sure you stagger the joints as in the video.
the proper size nails with the proper tools will make the job quick n easy.
as you see in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikx7I8mlVxI the man starts on his right side.
which should be his groove side towards the wall.

and do not “assume” that the wall is straight….... believe it or not, some walls are crooked which will make
any floor crooked if you follow that as the first guide line.

what kind of wood and how thick are the boards
is there a concrete slab under the plywood subfloor
what size compressor are you running and what PSI
what type of pneumatic nailer are you using and type of nails
are you using a chalk line or following the wall contour.
use a tight string from wall to wall to double check the chalk line, if you are using one.
what kind of underlayment are you using.
how much space are you leaving between the wall and boards

-- Failure is proof that you at least tried ~ now, go do it again, and again, until you get it right --


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