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DIY Hardwood Installation Tools | 9 tools every Do-it-Yourselfer needs

So what are the best DIY tools for hardwood installations?  Which ones do you need?

DIY Hardwood flooring installation tools - 9 tools every do-it-yourselfer needs for hardwood floors


If you’re planning to install hardwood flooring yourself, be sure to plan ahead and have all of the tools you need on hand.  There’s nothing worse than getting started and then realizing that you’re missing something important. 


Below are my top recommendations for hardwood flooring installation tools.  You can order these on Amazon (and I’m sure they’ll be less expensive vs your local hardware store).  And, the shipping is free.

Please note that this article may contain affiliate links.  You can read my full disclosure at the bottom of the page.

First, you will need 3 different types of saws

[easyazon_image align=”right” cart=”n” height=”275″ identifier=”B000ASBCK4″ locale=”US” nw=”n” src=”” tag=”HWDIYHWtools-20″ width=”275″]1.  Mitre Saw:  The [easyazon_link identifier=”B000ASBCK4″ locale=”US” tag=”hwDIYHWtools-20″ cart=”n”]DeWalt Mitre Saw[/easyazon_link] is the most popular saw used by both professionals and Do-It-Yourselfers.  And, don’t forget to get the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00005A1H8″ locale=”US” tag=”hwDIYHWtools-20″]blades[/easyazon_link].  The mitre saw will help you with all the angles you will need to cut (especially around doors and challenging angles). You can also use this for the mitres in the base molding.


Note:  Please be careful with the power saws an all power tools.  You can get injured.  Please follow the safety instructions carefully.
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[easyazon_image align=”right” cart=”n” height=”220″ identifier=”B000HXT2N6″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”HWDIYHWtools-20″ width=”275″]2.  Table Saw – This will be the main saw you’ll be using.  The [easyazon_link identifier=”B000HXT2N6″ locale=”US” tag=”hwdiyHWtools-20″ cart=”n”]DeWalt table saw[/easyazon_link] is a great choice.  This has a powerful 1830 watt motor for superior performance.  And, the cast table top design ensures accuracy and precision.


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[easyazon_image align=”right” cart=”n” height=”275″ identifier=”B0051QIG36″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”hwdiyHWtools-20″ width=”275″]3.  Hand Saw – You’ll be using [easyazon_link identifier=”B0051QIG36″ locale=”US” tag=”HWDIYHWtools-20″ cart=”n”]the hand saw[/easyazon_link] for the base molding, as well patch or repair work.  This hand saw from DeWalt has a “ToughCoat” low friction coating for less drag.

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Second, you will need nail guns and a compressor

[easyazon_image align=”right” height=”275″ identifier=”B00A5U2B66″ locale=”US” nw=”n” src=”” tag=”HWDIYHWtools-20″ width=”250″]4.  Angled Manual Nailer – This will be the main nailer you use.  It nails in at a 45 degree angle at the tongue joints.  That way, you don’t see the nails as they are hidden in the floor.  [easyazon_link identifier=”B00A5U2B66″ locale=”US” tag=”HWDIYHW-20″ cart=”n”]DeWalt[/easyazon_link] is the option most installers prefer.  This comes with a rubber hammer (which you’ll need to make sure the wood is tight and will reduce gaps).  Don’t be fooled by some others that may save you $20.  They often won’t include this tool.

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[easyazon_image align=”right” cart=”n” height=”206″ identifier=”B001AOP1T0″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”HWDIYHWtools-20″ width=”275″]5.  Finishing Nail Gun – This will be to nail the wood on the edges near the walls.  Because the Angled Nailer is at a 45 degree angle, the wall will interfere with nailer for the last 3-4 boards.  So, the Finishing Nailer will help here. Most installers prefer [easyazon_link identifier=”B001AOP1T0″ locale=”US” tag=”HWDIYHWtools-20″ cart=”n”]DeWalt Angled Finish nailer[/easyazon_link].  This can also be used on the base molding.

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[easyazon_image align=”right” cart=”n” height=”275″ identifier=”B00K34UZBW” locale=”US” src=”” tag=”HWDIYHWtools-20″ width=”275″]6.  Air Compressor – The air compressor and hose is needed for the nailers to work.  You need a 5 gallon one. This will give you the air pressure you’ll need for proper nailing.  Here’s a [easyazon_link identifier=”B00K34UZBW” locale=”US” tag=”HWDIYHWtools-20″ cart=”n”]good one from DeWalt[/easyazon_link] that is reasonably priced.


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[easyazon_image align=”right” cart=”n” height=”275″ identifier=”B00N12ACHK” locale=”US” src=”” tag=”HWDIYHWtools-20″ width=”275″]7.  Nail Puncher Set – This will help you punch in the nails further.  This is especially needed for those that don’t install hardwood everyday and they will also help you for the edges pieces where you’ll have some face nails.  You can get one from [easyazon_link identifier=”B00N12ACHK” locale=”US” tag=”HWDIYHWtools-20″ cart=”n”]DeWalt here[/easyazon_link].

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Third, you’ll want to have these tools on hand

[easyazon_image align=”right” cart=”n” height=”89″ identifier=”B00E1U881S” locale=”US” src=”” tag=”HWDIYHWtools-20″ width=”275″]8.  Pliers – These will come in handy especially if you are removing carpet.  You need to get all of the staples out (and if you are removing carpet on the steps, you may find a lot of extra staples there).  Here are some [easyazon_link identifier=”B00E1U881S” locale=”US” tag=”HWDIYHWtools-20″ cart=”n”]pliers from DeWalt[/easyazon_link].


[easyazon_image align=”right” cart=”n” height=”275″ identifier=”B0051QI7DA” locale=”US” src=”” tag=”HWDIYHWtools-20″ width=”275″]9.  Chalk reel, tape measure and pencil – Yes, the philosophy is measure twice and cut one.  I’m guessing you have a pencil on hand, and most likely a tape measure.  (If not, you get a [easyazon_link identifier=”B00002X2GQ” locale=”US” tag=”hwDIYHWtips-20″ cart=”n”]Tape Measure here[/easyazon_link].  The [easyazon_link identifier=”B0051QI7DA” locale=”US” tag=”HWDIYHWtools-20″ cart=”n”]chalk reel[/easyazon_link] will help ensure you create straight lines with the wood.

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DIY Hardwood Installation tools - 9 must have tools for do-it-yourselfersThese tools should enable you to have a smooth and beautiful do-it-yourself installation.  You may have some of these on hand already.  But, make sure you have all the necessary tools. 


Below are some item inexpensive items that will help you prolong the life of your amazing hardwood floors (cleaning product, felt pads, plastic mats for rolling chairs, etc.).  After all that work, you’ll want want to preserve your work product.


Complementary products that will prolong the life of your hardwood floors



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