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Readers Respond: What Wood Flooring Skill Did You Consider ‘Next Level’?

10 18 Readers Respond

WFB asked followers on Facebook and Instagram to name what wood flooring skill they considered “next level” when they first started in the trade. Here’s what they said:

Chuck Kutchera

Being able to hand nail 200 feet in a day.

Greg Warren

Applying moisture cure on a warm rainy day with no environmental controls.

Ron Teljeur

Watching my uncle and dad install top-nail strip without any power tools, just a backsaw, hammer and manual Cavanaugh nailer … and so fast.

Anthony Magaro

By far it was the skill and precision use of bandsaws in crafting unique, one-of-a-kind inlays, which are now mass-produced with lasers.

Wesley Elliott

Switching from hand-scraping perimeters to orbital sanders for stain job prep … Thank God!

Danny Stenhouse

Laying parquet.

Steve Smith

Coating water-based finish

Lorie Davidson

Inlays and borders.

Joe Smith

Anything multi-directional.

Jeremy L Hallman

Watching my ex-boss run a floor nailer; he was so fast it sounded like a machine gun going off in short bursts.

Mark Crooks

Running highlight border.

youngbrothershw

Getting the scraper sharp!

habitatfloors

Cutting in flush mount vents.

isandnewyork

… Telling someone else to empty the bag.

hardwoodman_

Learning to run the business.

epichardwoodfloors

Any planetary or satellite was like, wow. Water-base was another product that really made a difference.

shorewoodflooring

Knowing the species of wood that you’re gonna work with and knowing the sequence of sanding! No cut corners here. 

oldschool_hyde

I second learning to sharpen the scraper.

soulbrotha09

Hand-nailing the last two rows with 2-inch cleats.

woodproflooring_

Stairs.

plankd_flooring

Fitting overlay stairs.

artisticfloors

Communicating with clients.

ds_hardwood_flooring

Rubio Monocoat.

bona_bryanrathbun

Apprenticed in Germany. Watching the Meister run base and making absolutely precision cuts with a 30-year-old hand miter box. Inside/outside corner, didn’t matter. His cuts were perfect. No guide, he did it all by feel and eyeballing it.

cottonwoodfinishesllc

Marketing.

classicwoodfloorscarpentry

Running the “big machine!” When the lead guys left for lunch or something, I would jump on and grind away. In fact, I got stuck on something and ended up having to replace 4 boards. We ran a 12-inch.

johnnyrodriguez6791

"Water poppin’.”

darin_dupree

I started in ’93 and, being a newbie, I’d say it was mixing up filler with the stinky stuff wood dough and stains. Even only having a small sheet of stain samples back then and an old-school boss who told customers what they were getting, hah!

merk.exe

Finish tint.

charliefraser2

No edger marks.

cbuckland1307

Not getting pinned by the buffer!

0oskar6980

Controlling the edger.

micah_loberg_and_lobawakol

Orbital edges.

npuflooring

Staircases; seamless individual plank repairs.

waunakeedawson

Dark stain and stairs.

robjohnson9663

Loading the paper on a 12-inch drum sander without it rattling or blowing up. All eyes on the new kid.

coastwisehardwoodflooring

Getting out of my own head and realizing I could ask for as much or more than my competitors.

mdw22_forlife

Being quick at the manual nailer; then air-powered came along.

tubbyscustoms

When my dad bought an air trim nailer, also when he bought a used table saw. We had been using a skilsaw upside down in a bucket with the trigger wired on.

hunterdolanch

Controlling the buffer and it not controlling you—so many new guys pinned into the wall. 

markmeidra

Staining with a buffer.

cwhardwoodflooring

Stairs. I always thought stairs were my worst nightmare until I got suckered into doing them. I did a few sets and my confidence went way high. Learned a lot along the way. A few bad treads but I have done a lot of stairs now, and I actually enjoy it.

parada86

Selling!

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