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Old 10-13-2011, 04:57 PM   #1
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I am installing strand woven bamboo for the first time. Any tips on cutting and best fastening practice.
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The shyt is hard, use a new blade and 18 ga cleat nailer. I'm going in on an 1100 sf 5/8 gluedown on concrete next week. I pray alot.

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The shyt is hard, use a new blade and 18 ga cleat nailer. I'm going in on an 1100 sf 5/8 gluedown on concrete next week. I pray alot.
100 tooth? PSI for 18ga?
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60-80 carbide tooth will do but the PSI depends on your nailer and compressor. Practice first
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60-80 carbide tooth will do but the PSI depends on your nailer and compressor. Practice first
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You should have gotten a floating type with a locking system. A good blade is a must. This stuff is about twice as hard as oak and will kill a blade very quickly. Nailing is very tricky. You have to have the right nailer for it to start with. It isn't 3/4" thick like traditional floors so a regular flooring nailer will not line up correctly. Even with the correct nailer there is a good chance you will split the product when you staple or nail it. I've seen several installer have to resort to predrilling the product before nailing, which is insane. We only use locking strand products now.
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Bamboo is not as complicated as teak in my opinion. We install alot of both and always prefer the bamboo. At least the bamboo comes straight. Why not just use your flooring nailer.
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I am def going to try the nailer route first. As far as I can tell it's more like 3 times harder than Oak. The back of the sample states a 3944 hardness rating. I think oak is less than 1300. It's going to be a challenging job. I first have to rip out oak. Their dogs killed it.
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Wear good quality hearing protection. The cuts are going to be really loud.
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I think this flooring has so much glue or some kind of plastic that the wood blades will burn it not cut it. I have bought $100 new blade and it would burn it it.
This is why this flooring is so hard is has more glue in it then wood, or grass because bamboo is not wood, plus it is all compressed.

Make sure you are using the right gun, and the right gauge of the cleats, some bamboo needs to be fastend by thin cleats otherwise it the thick cleats will create minimal bumps on the seams of the floorboards that are very hard to see, not possible to see it unless you nail the next board and look against the light.It can look pretty good and when the whole floor is installed , you look against the light and see this minimal bumps on the seams.

You can glue it down but it is a job for pro, glueing is pretty challenging if you do not know what you are doing.
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All 1100 sq feet are in. Looks great.

Used my Bosch 4100DG table saw and my Bosch 3912 miter saw.

Didn't have much of a hard time cutting until the end when the blades began to dull. But even then it cut nice, just a little slower.

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Looks like it turned out great, well done!

How long did it take you?
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Looks like it turned out great, well done!

How long did it take you?
On the downstairs we did 800 sq ft. We had to demo the oak in the Kitchen, hall, bath, and foyer and carpet in the family. It took 3 days to demo and prep with 2 guys and 3 days to install and trim out

The upstairs was only 300 sq ft, but had a lot more cuts and corners. It only took 1/2 a day to pull the carpet and prep the floor. Gotta love these high priced slapped together homes. We had to repair the floor at the top of the stairs. The joist was waned, so instead of sistering some 2x they just screwed the sub floor down and filled with floor leveler. And a bad job at that.

So we pulled it up and fixed it. We also found half a sheet not even nailed down.

Probably the biggest pain in the rear was trying to get register vents and 1/4 round to match the bamboo. Thank God for my guy at Ben Moore, he can match anything dead on.
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What did you end up going with for the fastening?

I'm a fan of the different widths, I think it helped add a bit of character to the floor. Were you able to swing the inset hvac grates in the living areas, or did they stick with those metal ones throughout?
I hate to nit pick it, so other than the stepped and stacked joints, I do like the job!
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What did you end up going with for the fastening?

I'm a fan of the different widths, I think it helped add a bit of character to the floor. Were you able to swing the inset hvac grates in the living areas, or did they stick with those metal ones throughout?
I hate to nit pick it, so other than the stepped and stacked joints, I do like the job!
I couldn't inset, I used oak for the downstairs and threw the metal back in the closet.

The biggest issue was that all the boards were 3' in length. I had to get creative. The CU had purchased the material long before hiring anyone, so I got stuck with what they had.

I ended up using 1 3/4" cleats and a PowerNailer 45. Set it to 110 PSI with a 5.4cmf compressor. Worked like a charm! No issues what so ever with the cleats going in or splintering.

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