Home Legend HL157P Hand Scraped Teak Amber Acacia 1/2 in. T x 4-3/4 in. W x Varying Length Engineered Hardwood Flooring (24.94 sq.ft./case) Installation Guide

Home Legend HL157P Hand Scraped Teak Amber Acacia 1/2 in. T x 4-3/4 in. W x Varying Length Engineered Hardwood Flooring (24.94 sq.ft./case) Installation Guide
Installation Instructions
Engineered Hardwood Plywood Flooring
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Products Included
Approved Grade Levels
On Grade.
Above Grade.
Below Grade
All Engineered Hardwood Plywood
Tongue and Groove
Approved Installation Methods
Primary Methods: Nail/Cleat/Staple or
Full Spread Glue.
WARNING: CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS
This product and generate wood dust and emit formaldehyde which are known to the State of California to cause cancer.
CAUTION: ASBESTOS IN EXISTING FLOOR
Home Legend product does not contain asbestos. Existing installed resilient flooring and asphaltic adhesive may contain asbestos fillers
or crystalline silica. Do not sand, dry sweep, dry scrape, drill, saw, bead-blast, or mechanically chip or pulverize existing resilient
flooring, backing, lining felt, asphaltic “cutback” adhesive or other adhesive. See “Recommended Work Practices for Removal of
Resilient Floor Coverings” (rfci.com) for detailed information and instructions on removing all resilient covering structures.
CAUTION: WOOD DUST
Sawing, sanding and machining wood products can produce wood dust. It can cause respiratory, skin and eye irritation. Avoid prolonged
exposure to wood dust. Power tools should be equipped with a dust collector. If possible, perform dust generating activities outdoors. If
high dust levels are encountered, use an appropriate NIOSH-designated dust mask.
Owner/Installer Responsibility
The owner is advised to be at home during the installation for consultation/direction. The owner and installer should discuss installation and
layout to maximize satisfaction. If this is not possible, consultation should be done prior to installation. Installers should be familiar with
installation guidelines from National Wood Flooring Association (woodfloors.org).
The owner/installer assumes all responsibility for product quality of completed installation.
PERFORM PRE-INSTALL INSPECTION. FOR CLAIMS PURPOSES, YOU ARE ALLOWED TO OPEN UP TO 4 BOXES FOR PRODUCT INSPECTION. DO NOT OPEN
ALL THE BOXES. OPENING ALL THE BOXES CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THE PRODUCT. INSPECT ALL THE PLANKS IN THESE 4 BOXES CAREFULLY.
EXAMINE FLOORING FOR COLOR, FINISH AND QUALITY. IF YOU DISCOVER THAT PRODUCTS ARE DEFECTIVE, OR IF MATERIAL IS QUESTIONABLE, YOU
SHOULD CONTACT THE RETAILER. IF YOU ARE SATISFIED, PROCEED WITH INSTALLATION.
The length of the each plank in any box can vary from 12 inches to the maximum full length stated on the packaging or other product
descriptions. Each box can contain all full length boards or a combination of full length and shorter boards. There is no specific percentage of
product length distribution.
Prior to installation, rack up planks from several boxes to ensure uniform distribution of colors, shades and characters in the installed flooring.
Planks having similar widths should be placed together in the same row to minimize gaps between boards.
Hardwood floors are natural products containing natural variations. Variations in color, tone, grain, mineral streaks, small knots and other
characters are found from plank to plank. Similar variations exist between samples, pictures and purchased flooring. They are normal and it
does not mean the product is defective.
Flooring to be installed in one large area should be purchased at the same time. Product purchased at a later time than the first purchase
may vary beyond your expectations.
Accessories, trims and moldings are manufactured to coordinate with the varied appearances of the floor planks. Any exact matches are
coincidental. Non-matching accessories are not defective products.
This product is manufactured according to strict quality standards. In the event that defects are discovered in the field, the industry
standards permit a defect tolerance not to exceed 5%. The defects may be of any type, whether manufactured or natural. Order an
additional 5% extra for cutting wastage and grading allowances (10% for diagonal installations).
During installation, inspect the planks continuously. Defects that can be seen from a standing position should be cut off or the plank held out.
Installing defective planks implies acceptance.
Squeaking and clicking noises are the result of interactions among flooring, joists and subfloors when they move. Limiting the movements of
the flooring system usually eliminates most of these noises. Sometimes, it is impossible to eliminate them completely and minor squeaking
or clicking noises are to be accepted as normal flooring phenomenon. Minor scratches can generally be repaired with the use of putty, stain
or filler. It is an industry standard practice of flooring installation and it should be accepted as normal by the home owner.
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If You Need More Information
To assure the warranty is not inadvertently voided, before proceeding with any activity that is not covered in this manual, please contact our
Technical Support Department.
Acclimation and In-service Conditions
Acclimation is the process of adjusting (conditioning) the moisture content of hardwood flooring to the environment in which it is expected
to perform. The hardwood flooring is fully acclimated when its moisture content and dimensions (width and length) are stable. For
example, the averaged dimensions and moisture content remain constant for 3 consecutive days. Flooring must acclimate for as long as
necessary to reach fully acclimated stage. Acclimation time varies depending on geographical area, interior climate control and time of the
year. Minimum acclimation time is 3 days.
This product must be acclimated with the box and plastic wrap, if any, cut open. Elevate planks from the floor by placing them on 2”X 2”
lumber or equivalence. Place spacers (3/4” to 1” sticks) between each layer or cross stack the layers for maximum exposure to ambient
conditions. Acclimation Installation temperature range is 60°F-80°F and relative humidity (RH) of 35%-55%. Conditions in which the floor
was acclimated installed should be maintained continuously thereafter. Document as much acclimation information as possible below.
Date: ______________
Pre-acclimation Flooring Avg. Moisture
Post-acclimation Flooring Avg. Moisture
Relative Humidity (%):______
Content (%): _______
Content (%): _______
Temperature (°F): ______
Pre-acclimation Flooring Width: __________ Post-acclimation Flooring Width: _________
Subfloor Type:______________________
Pre-acclimation Flooring Length: _________
Post-acclimation Flooring Length: _________
Subfloor Avg. Moisture Content (%):_______
Acclimation Period: ___________
Job Site Condition
Prior to installation, the installer must ensure that at the time of installation, the job site conditions including subfloor/substrate, ambient
temperature, relative humidity, and all impacting variables will not negatively affect floor. Home Legend will decline responsibility for
damages associated with improper installation or poor site conditions.
Storage and Conditions
Do not store flooring under uncontrolled environmental conditions. For example, garages and exterior patios are not acceptable areas to
store flooring. Handle and unload bamboo flooring with care and store within the environmentally controlled site in which it is expected to
perform. Flooring stored on concrete slab should be elevated at least four inches to allow air circulation under cartons.
Existing Home
Existing home should have a consistent room temperature of 60°F-80°F and relative humidity (RH) of 35%-55%. Continual deviation from
these conditions will affect the dimensions of hardwood flooring. During heating season, humidity may be much lower than the acceptable
range. During the heating season, a humidifier is recommended to prevent excess shrinkage in hardwood flooring due to low humidity levels.
During the non-heating season, humidity levels can be maintained by using an air conditioner, dehumidifier, or by turning on your heating
system periodically during the summer months.
New Construction or Remodel
All work involving water, such as pouring basement concrete floors, drywall and plasterwork, plumbing, etc. must be completed well in
advance of the floor delivery. Ensure that the building is enclosed. Where building codes allow, permanent heating and/or air conditioning
systems should be operating at least five days preceding installation to promote proper acclimation and should be maintained during and
after installation. If it is not possible for the permanent heating and/or air conditioning system to be operating before, during and after
installation, a temporary heating and/or dehumidification system that simulate normal living (occupied) conditions can enable the installation
to proceed until the permanent heating and/or air conditioning system is fully operational.
Your job site should have a consistent temperature of 60°F-80°F and relative humidity (RH) of 35%-55% that should be maintained
continuously thereafter.
Basements and Crawl Spaces
Concrete slab or ground must be dry. The ground in the crawl spaces must be completely covered using 6 mil black polyethylene. Crawl
space clearance between the earth and underside of joists should be no less than 18 inches and the perimeter vent area should be equal to
1.5% of the total square footage of the crawl space or as mandated by code.
Concrete Subfloor Requirements
It must have minimum rated strength of 3000 psi.
It must be level to within 1/8” in a 6 feet span or 3/16” in a 10 foot span; no bumps or low spots. High spots can be removed by grinding;
depressions can be filled with patching compound formulated for use in floor installation.
It must be clean; no construction debris, soil, mud and any other objects on/or adhering to the floor; if necessary, scrape and sweep away
before the installation; no protrusions of nails, debris, metals should remain.
New concrete slab must cure for at least 60 days. It must have a minimum 10 mil polyethylene sheet between the ground and the concrete.
It must meet concrete moisture requirement below.
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It must be free from moisture related conditions which can damage the installed flooring.
Light Weight Concrete
It is concrete which rated strength is less than 3000 psi.
Perform a quick check by drawing a nail across the top; if it leaves indentation, it is probably light concrete.
For glue-down application, the concrete must possess shear strength greater than the glue. If concrete rated psi is unknown, contact the
adhesive manufacturer for guidance.
Concrete Moisture
All concrete subfloors should be tested for moisture content and the results documented. Visual checks are not reliable. Perform tests at
locations around exterior doorways, near walls containing plumbing, near foundation walls and in the center of the room. Minimum sample
size is 3 samples per 1000 square feet of area and one test for every additional 1000 square feet thereafter.
Its moisture content should meet one of the following criteria below:
• 4.5% when tested using Tramex Concrete Moisture Encounter
• Less than 3 pounds per 1000 square feet per 24 hours when using Calcium Chloride test (ASTM F 1869)
• 75% when using Relative Humidity Testing (ASTM F-2170).
Please note: Concrete moisture content may be acceptable the time of the test. These tests do not guarantee a perpetual “dry” concrete
slab. The concrete slab can be wet at other times of the year. We are not responsible for moisture related damage to installed flooring.
Wood Subfloor Requirements
It must be clean; no presence of construction debris, soil, mud and any other objects on or adhering to the floor; no protrusions of nails,
debris, metals should remain. If necessary, scrape and sweep the subfloor before the installation.
It must be structurally sound and stable: no movements or squeaks; no loose panels or loose nails; no signs of ply de-lamination or other
damages. Repair all shortcomings before installation.
It must be flat with no visible bumps or low spots; the subfloor should be flat to within 1/8” in 6 feet span or 3/16” in 10 feet.
Test for moisture using reliable moisture meter. Perform tests at locations around exterior doorways, near foundation walls, near walls
containing plumbing lines and in the center of the room. Measure 20 locations per 1000 square feet.
Moisture content of subfloor should be less than 12%.
Moisture content difference between subfloor and acclimated flooring should be 4% or less.
Plywood or Oriented Strand Board (OSB) Specifications
On truss/joist spacing of 16” (406mm) O/C or less, the industry standard for single-panel subflooring is minimum 5/8” (19/32”, 15.1 mm) CD
Exposure 1 plywood subfloor panels (CD Exposure 1) or 23/32” OSB Exposure 1 subfloor panels, 4’ x 8' sheets. Expansion gap between panels
should be 1/8” (3 mm). If panels are not tongued and grooved and there is not sufficient spacing or is inadequate, cut in the required spacing
with a circular saw. Do not cut in expansion space on tongue and groove panels.
Particle Board or Fiber Board
Only for floating installation.
Existing Floors
Installation over existing floor requires the installer to consider potential issues related to moisture damage, adhesive failure and fastener
failure. Contact the adhesive and fastener manufacturers respectively for their specific instructions, recommendations and requirements.
Acceptable floor coverings include: solid hardwood, linoleum, terrazzo, ceramic tile and other “moisture sealing floors.”
Unacceptable floor coverings include: carpet, needle punch felt, edge glued linoleum and other “moisture absorbing flooring.”
Radiant Heated Subfloor
This product can be installed over radiant heated subfloor. Operating floor surface temperature must be less than 84°F. Decrease
temperature before installation. Increase temperature gradually after installation. Glue down installation may require additional installation
requirement. Contact glue manufacturer for specific recommendation.
Moisture Barrier and Moisture Retarder
Concrete Subfloor: For floating installation, use 6 mil polyethylene film or other means with equivalent permeability. Overlap the edge
seams and tape it together. Extend moisture barrier up to the wall about 1 inch high. When installed on above grade concrete and the
concrete moisture content meets concrete moisture standards, a moisture barrier is not required. For direct glue installation, use moisture
barrier if moisture level exceeds requirement (see Concrete Moisture section).
Wood Subfloor: Use asphalt-saturated kraft paper or #15 or #30 felt that meets ASTM Standard D4869 or UU-B-790, Grade D.
Overlap along the edge seams 2”- 4” wide. This retards moisture movement from below. Extend the moisture retarder to about 1” from the
walls. Secure to the subfloor as necessary.
Sound Control Underlayment
Check with sound control manufacturer for application guidelines. Generally, the less compressive underlayment is preferred.
Expansion Gap
Required gap width is 1/2”. It is required around the perimeter of the floor and between floor and all vertical obstructions. Do not place
permanently mounted structures such as kitchen counter/cabinet on the installed floor.
Transition Molding
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Floating installation, transition T-molding is required in the following cases: floor spanning greater than 35 feet in length or width; doorways
or passageways 5 ft. wide or less.
Note: Floor areas interrupted by wall openings greater than 5 ft. wide, or interrupted by wall sections extending out of the wall, or floor areas
which are not rectangular may experience buckling or gapping if there is excessive floor expansion or shrinkage.
Adhesive
Use premium flooring adhesive which is non-water based, formulated for engineered hardwood flooring installation.
Preferred type: moisture cure urethane floor glue.
For floating installation, use edge glue formulated for engineered hardwood flooring installation.
Fastener
1/2” or thicker Floorings
Finish nail: 6d-8d.
Nail / Cleat Length: 1 1/2” to 2″ (4–5 cm);
Nail size gauge: 15-16 gauge or 18-20 gauge; higher gauge is needed if tongue is splitting upon impact.
Staple length and crown size: 1 1/2” - 2” and narrow crown (3/8”).
Face nailing spacing: Every 10”-12” (position first and last nail between 1”- 3” from ends and 1/2“ from edge).
Blind nailing spacing: Every 6”- 8” (position first and last between 1”- 3” from ends).
3/8” Flooring
Finish nail: 6d.
Nail / Cleat Length: 1″ - 1 1/2″ (3-4cm);
Nail / Cleat size: 18-20 gauge. You may have to glue the floor if the tongue is splitting upon impact.
Staple length and crown size: 1” - 1 1/2” and narrow crown (3/8”).
Face nailing spacing: Every 10”-12” (position first and last nail between 1”- 3” from ends and 1/2“ from edge)
Blind nailing spacing: Every 6”- 8” (position first and last between 1”- 3” from ends)
Tools and Materials
Basics:
Tape measure • Moisture meter (wood, concrete or both) • Chalk line & chalk • Hammer • Power saw • Carbide tipped saw blade for fine cut
• NIOSH-designated dust mask • Hand saw or jamb saw • Eye protection • Straight edge • Pry Bar • Mallet • Broom • Color matched wood
putty • Tapping block • Pull bar
Additional Supplies for Nail Down or Staple Down Method:
Electric drill and bits • Compressor and hose with in-line regulator for pneumatic tools • Power nailer or stapler for flooring with height
adapter to match floor thickness • Pneumatic finish nailer • Nail set
Additional Supplies for Glue Down or Floating Method:
Flooring adhesive or Joint Glue• Trowels • Adhesive remover for selected adhesive • Clean rags • Weight roller • 3M Blue tape – Advanced
Delicate Surface 2080EL.
Safety and Health Precautions
Power tools can be dangerous. Operate in strict accordance to manufacturer’s operating instructions and safety precautions. Unsafe
and improper use of can cause serious injuries.
Avoid inhalation and exposures to wood dust by mechanical means and by wearing personal protective equipment.
Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) which include NIOSH or OSHA approve dust masks, safety goggle and work gloves.
Floor Damage Prevention
It is extremely important to take precautionary actions to prevent damage to the floor during installation. ALWAYS TEST FIRE THE NAILER TO
ENSURE PROPER SETTING. Use proper nailer, floor thickness adapters, face plates and cleats. Improper fasteners, machines and air pressure
can cause severe damage to the flooring. Forcing or pounding floor boards together with a rubber mallet during assembly may bruise or
damage board edges. Home Legend is not responsible for installation damages. Tongue fracture and surface dimpling are common
installation damage. They are not product defects.
Damages can be minimized by one or more of the following:
• Change the angle of nail entry.
• Use thinner cleats or nails (18-20 gauge).
• Use an over-size base or foot plate to distribute the nailing force.
• Pre-drilling pilot holes and hand nailing may be required.
• As a last resort, use glue-down method instead, especially on thinner floors.
Fastening Failure
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Fastening failure is NOT a flooring product defect. Inappropriate fastener may cause mechanical failure. It will fail to hold the floor attached
to the subfloor. Do not mix fasteners of different length or gauge. Always check with fastener manufacturer to insure the correct method
and size fastener are being used to install the floor to the existing floor subfloor.
Bond Failure
Bond failure is NOT flooring product defect. Most installation failures, including bond failure, result from jobsite moisture. Do not unpack or
deliver flooring to the jobsite until moisture problems are corrected. Read adhesive manufacturer’s instruction carefully. Certain wood
flooring adhesives may have special requirements and limitations of use. Some existing floor may not be acceptable. Not following the
adhesive manufacturer’s recommendations can lead to installation failure or product damage and will void your warranty.
Glue Spots on Face of Finished Floor
Adhesive can damage the floor’s finish, especially when it has dried. It is extremely important to take precautionary steps NOT to leave finger
prints or footprints glue marks on the face of the board. Any glue that comes in contact with the face of the board should be removed
immediately using adhesive remover formulated for the glue being used. Follow adhesive manufacturer’s instruction on adhesive removal.
Use clean towels, changing frequently to prevent haze and adhesive residue. If the spot removal damages the appearance of the boards,
replace the board.
Helpful Pointers
General Tips
• Make sure your work area is well lit. Good visibility ensures that color is consistent and that visually defective planks are detected and
removed.
• The preferred minimum length of the first and last plank is 12”.
• Leave 1/2” expansion gap around perimeters, under doors and around vertical objects, including permanent or fixed cabinetry.
• Using a shorter piece at undercut door jams will help when fitting flooring in place.
Nail-Down Installation Tips
• Make sure power cleats are approved for use in OSB if plywood is not used as a substrate.
• First and last rows require hand nailing because the pneumatic or power-nailer cannot be used safely.
• First and last rows require pre-drilling through the face, nailing with 8d nails, countersinking the nails and using matching color putty to fill
holes.
• Until power nailer can be used safely, additional rows may require pre-drilling through the tongue; blind nailing it with 8d nails;
countersinking the nails.
• Use a wood spline or slip tongue whenever a change of board direction is needed. Splines should be glued to the groove and nailed into
place.
• If the last row is less than 1” wide, it should first be glued to the previous uninstalled row and the two joined unit should be face-nailed as
one.
• Occasionally, a piece may be slightly bowed. Nail one end first, then use the pry bar to push the other end in place, nailing as you go.
Glue-Down Installation Tips
• ALWAYS REFER TO THE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS ON THE FLOORING ADHESIVE LABEL. The information given here is for typical installation.
Adjust it according to adhesive manufacturer’s instruction.
• Dry-lay means the glue has to set before placing floor planks in it. Wet-lay means the glue does not need to set before placing floor on it.
• Use trowel as specified by adhesive manufacturer.
• Continuously check the transfer of adhesive THROUGHOUT the installation process. If the adhesive no longer transfers to the back of the
flooring material, it must be removed and new adhesive applied.
• Work your way out of the room.
• After the installation is completed, keep the floor free from daily foot traffic for a minimum of 24 hours to allow adhesive to properly cure.
Cutting the Last Row to Width
• Most often the entire length of the last row will need to be cut so that it is narrow enough to fit the remaining space.
• Measure the distance between the floor face edge (exclude the tongue) to the wall. Subtract 1/2” from this measurement for expansion
gap. Draw a line. Cut through the line. Discard the excess piece. Proceed with installation.
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Pre-Install Activities
• Lay out the board from several cartons. Rack the boards to give you the appearance you want. Random or repeat pattern is a
matter of preference. Colors and shades should be mixed up evenly. End joints should be staggered; minimum ends stager is 6”
and varied.
• Inspect plank quality and grading. If flooring is defective, contact dealer or the store immediately and discontinue installation.
• Lay out trim moldings in advance and find planks or strips whose shade closely coordinates the floor. Set these aside for future use.
• Remove existing base, shoe molding or threshold carefully. They can be used to cover the 1/2” expansion gap left around the edge of
the room.
• Subfloors should be clean prior to the floor installation.
• Undercut doors and casings using a handsaw laid flat on a piece of scrap flooring. This will eliminate difficult scribe cuts.
• Install the underlayment (if used) according to underlayment manufacture instructions.
• Always use protective foot/pad and proper height adapter plate on the fastening machine to prevent face damage, mallet damage,
and edge bruising.
• TEST FIRE THE POWER NAILER ON SACRIFICIAL FLOOR PLANK ONTO A BOARD. CHECK NAIL PENETRATION. CHECK FOR IMPACT
DAMAGE ON FLOOR FACE. CHECK FOR SPLITTING TONGUE.
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Nail Down Installation
Step 1 – Establish a Starting Line
• Lay out the direction of the floor. Install flooring perpendicular to joists. If possible, install the flooring perpendicular to the joists
• Select a straight starter wall.
• Mark the starting line using a chalk line or a string between two nails. This distance between the wall and the line should equal the
face width of floor plank plus 3/4” (1/2” expansion gap plus 1/4” tongue width = 3/4”). Do not include the width of the tongue. This
will result in 1/2” gap between flooring and the wall.
Step 2 – Install the First and Second Rows
• Lay the first plank behind the line with the tongue facing the center or the room. Position the edge of the tongue on the line. Leave a
1/2” gap between flooring end and the wall. There should not be a tongue between the floor planks and the wall..
• On the groove side, pre-drill and face nail.
• On the tongue side, pre-drill at 45° angle and hand blind nail trough the nailing “pocket” on top of the tongue.
• Counter sink the nails with nail set. Repeat same method to complete first row.
• On the second row, remember to stagger the end joints. If you can safely use your power nailer use it. If not: pre-drill the tongue at
45° angle and repeat hand blind nailing with finish nails as above.
Step 3 – Install the Remaining Rows
• If the pneumatic or power nailer cannot be used on the next row, repeat the second row installation method until the power nailer
can be used.
• When the pneumatic nailer can be used, blind nail the rows on the tongue side. Place nails at the same intervals as the previous rows.
• Remember to maintain minimum 6” end joints stagger between rows.
Step 4 – Install the Last Row
• Use the pull bar to draw the last row to fit tightly to the previous row.
• Face-nail the last row on the tongue side.
• If the last row is less than 1” wide, it should first be glued to the previous uninstalled row and the two joined unit should be face nailed
as one.
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Glue-Down Installation
PLEASE NOTE:
ANY GLUE WHICH GETS ONTO THE SURFACE OF THE FLOOR MUST BE REMOVED IMMEDIATELY WITH ADHESIVE REMOVER.
Step 1 – Establish a Starting Line
• Lay out the direction of the floor. If possible, install the flooring perpendicular to the joists
• Select a straight starter wall.
• Mark the starting line using a chalk line or a string between two nails. This distance between the wall and the line should equal the
face width of 2 floor planks plus 3/4” (1/2” expansion gap plus 1/4” tongue width = 3/4”). Do not include the width of the tongue.
• Securing a straight edge on the side away from the starting wall is recommended to ensure straight alignment of the starter rows.
Install a straight edge.
Step 2 – Spreading the Glue
• Spread the glue from the straight edge or chalk line out, in the direction of the starting wall. Spread only enough glue to install what
can be set within 45 minutes (15 minutes of OPEN TIME and an additional 30 minutes for actual installation). Usually about two rows
width coverage. Different manufacturer may require different open time and set time.
• You will repeat the same procedure with each succeeding rows.
Step 3 – Install the Starter Rows (first two rows)
• Installation begins from the straight edge with tongue facing away from the wall. Allow expansion gap between the wall and the end
of the board.
• Install the row in front of it. Use 75 lbs roller or weigh them down while the glue sets. Allow the glue to set.
• Remove the straight edge.
Step 4 – Install the Remaining Rows
• Spread another section of glue. Never spread more that can be covered before the adhesive is set. If adhesive is set and will not
transfer to the back of the plank, scrape off the adhesive and apply fresh adhesive.
• Continue to install the next rows. Make sure there is a random staggering at the end joints of at least 6” apart.
• Be attentive to staggering the ends of the boards correctly in adjacent rows to avoid clustering end joints.
• Maintain a 1/2” expansion gap around the perimeter of the room.
• Make sure that there is 100% contact between the solid wood floor and the adhesive.
• Any excess glue which seeps onto the surface of the floor must be removed immediately with adhesive remover.
• The glue should not be applied in the groove or the tongue of the flooring.
• Use a tapping block to ensure good connection between the tongue and groove. Carefully, tap the planks together until the tongue
and groove “snap” into place.
• Use a clean, smooth, 75 pound roller to roll the flooring immediately after installation and after every 150 square foot interval during
the installation to insure proper adhesive transfer.
• The flooring should be taped together during installation using 3M blue masking tape –Advanced Delicate Surface 2080EL to keep the
planks from moving during installation. The tape must be left in place for a minimum of 24 hours. Flooring straps can be used to pull
boards together and hold them in place while the glue dries.
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• After the installation is completed, keep the floor free from foot traffic for a minimum of 24 hours to allow adhesive to properly set.
Floating Installation
Step 1 – How to Apply the Glue
• Use adhesive or glue which is formulated for tongue and groove floating installation. Refer to glue manufacturer’s information on
applicability to engineered hardwood floating installation.
• The glue must be placed along the topside of the groove the full length of the grooved side and end. This can be accomplished by
inverting the plank and applying a bead of glue (3/32”) to the topside of the groove (side of the groove nearest the face of the plank).
• When the plank is turned back over, the glue will flow down the back of the groove allowing total coverage. Apply only a 3/32” bead
of glue; if the groove is completely filled, it will be difficult to close the seam not allowing a tight fit.
Step 2 – Starting Line
• Lay out the direction of the floor. If possible, install the flooring perpendicular to the joists
• Select a straight starter wall.
• Mark the starting line using a chalk line or a string between two nails. This distance between the wall and the line should equal the
face width of 2 floor planks plus 3/4” (1/2” expansion gap plus 1/4” tongue width = 3/4”). Do not include the width of the tongue.
Step 3 – Installing the First Row
• The planks are laid with the groove side facing the wall. The first row starts with a full length board. Depending on tongue and groove
orientation, work can begin at either corner of the floor with groove side facing the walls.
• Ensure there is 1/2” expansion gap by following the starting line or using spacers or board.
• Plank 2 end groove is connected to the end tongue of Plank 1. Lay the rest, plank after plank, in this manner until you have completed
the first row.
Step 4 – Installing Rows 2 and 3
• After setting the first row and making sure you are against a firm starting point, layout two more rows and install them.
• The three rows of flooring are held in place with 3M blue painter tape.
• These three rows must be straight, square and in rack because they establish the alignment of the rest of the floor.
• After putting these three rows together allow the glue to set (15 to 45 minutes or per glue manufacturer’s information) before
proceeding with the rest of the rows installation.
• With the tongue facing out, the planks can be tapped together with a tapping block on the tongue to make a snug fit.
Step 5 – Installing Rest of Rows
• Continue installing rows. After installing 8 or 10 rows of flooring, stand back and check for crowning or heaving due to tension
strapping or any damage caused by improper tapping.
• Use a pull bar on the last row to ensure snug and tight joint.
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Finishing Touches
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Clean the floor.
Use matching putty where necessary
Install or reinstall all wall trim pieces. Nail them through the wall, but not to the subfloor to avoid restricting the expansion gap.
Install transition trim pieces. Nail them to the subfloor, not the flooring.
At doorways, transitions should be used to protect the edges of the floor and to provide a decorative transition from one floor type to
another.
• If the floor is to be covered, use a breathable material such as cardboard. Do not cover with plastic.
Accessories
Pictures are for general illustrative purposes only. Actual products may differ from picture.
T-Molding is used to create a transition between floor coverings of similar heights or to cover an
expansion gap.
Stair Nose is used in conjunction with flooring installed on stair steps or finished edge of a higher
level floor like in a sunken living room.
Carpet Reducer (also called Baby Threshold or End Cap) is used to transition floor coverings of
differing heights. This reducer strip is also commonly used to border a fireplace, sliding glass door
and other exterior door jambs.
Hard Surface Reducer is used to transition to another hard surface flooring of different heights
such as tile, vinyl, concrete.
Quarter Round is used to cover the expansion space between the Wall Base and your flooring. It
can also be used them to make smooth transitions between the floor and cabinetry. It can be used
with or without Wall Base molding.
Wall Base is used to give a finished look at the base of the walls. It can be used with or without
Quarter Round.
Technical Support
For installation information and technical questions not covered in this installation guide, please contact our Technical Support
Representative by calling the toll free number below.
Toll Free Number: 877-630-1800 or 877-960-8001
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Care and Maintenance
Daily Maintenance
1. Sweep dust mop or vacuum your floor regularly to remove any particles that could cause abrasion or scratch your floor. CAUTION:
Vacuums with a beater bar or power rotary brush head can damage a floor and should never be used.
2. Use a damp mop to remove spots and soil. Apply appropriate cleaning solution to the cleaning cloth / mop. Do NOT apply directly to the
floor.
• For lightly soiled area, clean with distilled water.
• For moderately soiled area, use a mild solution of isopropyl alcohol and distilled water. Isopropyl alcohol is commonly referred to as
rubbing alcohol and is sold in 50% to 70% concentrations. This product should be diluted by mixing one part alcohol and 2 parts distilled
water.
• For tougher spots, use a higher concentration of isopropyl alcohol and distilled water.
• For extreme cases, a solution of acetone and distilled water can be used.
HINT: For best results, clean the floor in the same direction of the planks. When the cleaning cloth/mop becomes soiled, rinse or replace it
with a clean one. Following up with a clean, dry cloth will remove residual streak marks and spots.
3. Do NOT leave any amount of liquids (water, juice, soft drinks, spills, etc.) on the floor. Clean any wet spots immediately.
4. Do NOT use a steam cleaner.
5. Do NOT use a wet mop or douse floor with water or liquid cleaners. Liquid can seep between the cracks and cause moisture damage.
6. Do NOT use any cleaning agents containing wax, oil or polish. Left over residue will form a dull film.
7. Do NOT use steel wool or scouring powder which will scratch the floor.
Branded or Off-the-shelf Floor Care Products
• If none of the above are effective and you choose to use a store bought product, test the product in a non-conspicuous area (i.e., closet,
corner, or scrap pieces) for potential adverse side effects.
Preventative Maintenance
• Protect your floor when using a dolly for moving furniture or appliances. Protective sheets and/or plywood may be needed. Never slide
or roll heavy furniture or appliances across the floor.
• Place protective pads beneath furniture legs and other heavy objects.
• Avoid excessive exposure to water from being tracked in during periods of inclement weather.
• Minimize abrasive material and dirt by placing mats on both sides of exterior doors and by using area rugs in high-traffic areas
• Rearrange furniture and rugs periodically to avoid uneven color and shade changes from light exposure.
• Use protective mats beneath rolling chairs and keep furniture casters clean.
• Keep pets’ nails trimmed.
• Remove shoes with cleats, spikes or exceptionally pointy heels before walking on the floor.
Climate Maintenance
• Care should be taken to control humidity levels within the 35% - 55% range. Flooring, especially hardwood and bamboo, dimensions will
be affected by varying levels of humidity.
• Dry Climates: A humidifier is recommended to maintain humidity levels. Wood stoves and electric heat tend to create very dry
conditions during the winter months this also will cause shrinkage in flooring.
• Humid, Wet Climates: By using an air conditioner, heater, or dehumidifier proper humidity levels can be maintained to prevent
excessive expansion due to high moisture content.
Floor Repair
• Very light and small surface scratches can be repaired with a staining “touch up” pen of the appropriate color.
• Slightly deeper scratches can be repaired by means of colored putty and or stains. Fill the scratches with the putty. Level with putty
knife. Wipe off excess putty.
• Very deep scratches may require the replacement of the planks.
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Warranty
This flooring product comes with a Home Legend Limited Wear Warranty. The warranty applies to original purchaser of the flooring. It
warrants the original purchaser that the finish surface will not wear through for duration of the stated warranty from the date of purchase.
Please contact our Customer Service Representative by calling our toll free number below for a written copy which provides detail terms of
coverage and limitations.
WARRANTY REGISTRATION
UPON RECEIPT OF THIS REGISTRATION FORM AND COPY OF RECEIPT, WE WILL SEND YOU A WRITTEN WARRANTY DOCUMENT. SEND THE
COMPLETED FORM ALONG WITH A COPY OF PROOF OF PURCHASE TO:
HOME LEGEND, LLC
WARRANTY REGISTRATION
P.O. BOX 887
ADAIRSVILLE , GA 30103
Customer Name
Customer Address
City, State, ZIP Code
Phone/E-mail
Product Model Number
Product Description
Date Purchase
Retailer Name
Retailer Address
City, State, ZIP Code
Installer
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