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Determine which way you want the flooring to run. It is generally best to go across the floor joists because it makes for a much stronger surface.
Cover the plywood subfloor with rosin paper, which acts as a vapor barrier and cushions the wood.
Measure from the wall to determine where the transition board needs to go (Image 1). Apply construction adhesive to floor and set the transition board (Image 2), then secure it with a finish nailer (Image 3). If the nails don't go all the way in, follow up with a nail set.
Put another bead of glue along the wall because a starter board will go there (Image 1). Set the board leaving a 3/8" gap for expansion and contraction (Image 2). The first few boards need to be nailed on the face until you are far enough away to use the flooring stapler (Image 3). Tap the boards with a rubber mallet to tighten them against one another (Image 4).
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