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Some Crucial Steps for Wood Floor Installation

Wood floors are very attractive and you will find them to give your home interiors an aesthetic look and appeal. They can be installed in a vertical or horizontal position and can be laid over plywood and even an existing wood floor surface.

If you are planning to carry out wood floor installation by yourself, you need to get some tools ready. These include hammer, hand saw, utility knife, chalk line, pry bar, hammer, pens and tape measure. Actually, you don’t need to own all of these tools as you can simply rent them out.

The entire process of installing wood floors must be done methodically. The floors can be installed over concrete slabs, plywood , or even existing wood floors. Here is a look at the steps involved in wood floor installation:

* It is necessary to get all tools necessary for installation purposes. Things such as screws, saw, nails, and pry bar and so on have to be got together before the installation process begins.

* Draw a reference line at the beginning point of installation and at the end point of installation. A half inch gap between boards is essential for the wood to expand.

* Choose only the straightest of wood boards for installation. The first wooden board can be laid out on key areas such as the door area and so on. It is necessary to align the first row of wooden boards correctly so that subsequent rows come out straight.

* When you lay down the subsequent rows of hardwood boards, it is necessary to hammer the rows correctly so that there is a tight fit. Each of the boards must be laid down in a perpendicular manner and the process must be done accurately so that no gaps are visible.

* As you reach the last row, you would need the use of a pry and block bar for the purpose of locking them securely. When you install hardwood floors over large area, you need to make use of a heavy nails on each edge at the end of the third floor.

* In end row area, you will find it hard to install more planks and here using ring-shank nails are a good option.

Once you have done the installation fully, you need to check for flaws in the floor. If you find gaps in the flooring, try to push the hardwood using a pry bar. In case there are still some gaps in between the flooring using decorative borders can help to cover them up.

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Ceramic Floor Tiles- Some Important Installation Steps!

With a large number of tiles available in the market these days, individuals have divergent options in front of them to pick from. They can opt for any of their favorite tiles in order to carry out the decoration task of their homes. Out of different tiles existing in the market, Ceramic floor tiles are regarded as one of the best choice for homes. This is because of its easy-to-install feature. In order to install these tiles, a person needs not to hire a professional company. This can be done easily. This article will throw light on some of the necessary steps that one needs to follow in order to install ceramic floor tiles at his or her home. Installing ceramic floor tile is a step-by-step procedure and is extremely simple. The tiles can be installed in a number of areas including kitchens, bathrooms, and foyers.

Necessary tools for installation

First and the foremost step which one needs to follow is the collection of all necessary tool and equipments for installation. Some of the important tools required for this purpose include Plastic 5 gallon buckets, Tile saw, Nippers, Notched trowel, Margin trowel, Cutter board, Hammer, Screwdriver, Spacers, Tape measure, Chalk line, Pencil, Tri square, Level, Tile sponge etc. Always make sure that the tolls used should be well-test and highly advanced in nature as this helps in executing safe and high quality installation work.

Floor Lay Out

After selection of necessary tools, one needs to find the center of the room. Measurement of the width and length of the room should be done in order to determine the center. The look of the floor must be appealing. Cut tile only on one side depending on the room and the situation. As per you plan, you need to lay tiles on the dry floor. Dry setting of tiles helps in visualizing the look of finished floor before applying adhesives.


Thin-set is a mortar mix designed for the purpose of ceramic floor tiles installation. It is of different brands and types, colors and is used for different applications. One can also avail ready-mixed thin-set. This mixture is mainly used for carrying out the installation task easily and quickly. These are some of the major steps that are required for carrying out installation task in a better and professional way. By taking care of all these points, one can expect better results in terms of installation.

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‘Humane’ Newt Gingrich Stumbles; Jon Huntsman Steps Into Spotlight








Newt Gingrich wants to keep illegal aliens in this country so their children can work as school janitors.


OK, the former House speaker didn’t exactly utter that sentence at Tuesday night’s GOP 2012 presidential election, but he fully embraces the concept.


Following his proposal last week to fire school custodians and turn their work over to children — child labor laws are “stupid,” he says — Gingrich played the “humane” card at the CNN national security forum.


It was a Rick Perry moment for the Georgian, who disingenuously asserted that no “humane” immigration policy would “break up families.” You’ll recall what happened when Perry tried that sanctimonious approach.


In fact, Gingrich’s position is founded less on humanity than on fuzzy thinking and ethnic pandering. Always the clever rhetorician, his meandering discourse on illegal immigration was an attempt to justify his vote for amnesty in the 1980s — a position that he holds to this day.


Gingrich was similarly mush-minded on foreign affairs.


He sounded like John McCain — cranky and jingoistic — when he blustered about Iran.

“We can break them in a year,” he vowed.


Then, returning to the kinder, gentler Newt, he called for budget cuts in defense.


But don’t worry, neocons. Gingrich’s tenure at the globalist Council on Foreign Affairs will always have him toeing the internationalist/interventionist line.


By contrast, Jon Huntsman made eminent sense on Tuesday night’s 2012 presidential election. More than any other candidate on the stage, the former Utah governor clearly articulated the need to fix our own crumbling political system before shopping “democracy” abroad.


The former ambassador to China came off as less extreme than Ron Paul and far more reasonable than Gingrich, who alternates between glibness and bellicosity — neither of which is endearing or attractive in the long run.


Of course, Huntsman has his own explaining to do in regard to his service for Barack Obama and his issuance of driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants as Utah governor. But, for the first time, Huntsman at least showed he can compete effectively on the debate stage, if moderators afford him equal time with the presumptive front-runners.


For all his supposed smarts as a Ph.D. holder, Gingrich and his spiel are getting old. Look for his bump in the GOP polls to flatten and fade after the immigration issue blew up in his face during the 2012 presidential election debate.


The tea party is over for Newt. In reality, it should never have started.








The original article by Kenric Ward was published in Sunshine State News on Nov. 23, 2011. Sunshine State News focuses on the relationship between politics and business in Florida, speaking to an audience of lawmakers, lobbyists, business and opinion leaders, and all Floridians who expect their leaders to make common-sense decisions. SSN fills a void as the only Florida news outfit that believes free-market, less-government solutions will address the problems challenging our state. For more Rick Scott News or coverage of the 2012 Election, visit Sunshine State News. Contact Kenric Ward at kward@sunshinestatenews.com or at (772) 801-5341.