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Old 05-12-2017, 07:37 PM   #1
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Working Backward With Engineered Hardwood

I do a lot of flooring and often install engineered hardwood. One thing that has been looking to improve on is my method for working "backward". When you have to wrap a corner or wall and are forced to install tongue into groove and can't use your flooring stapler. I try to avoid face nails at all cost. With 3/4 hardwood I rip down a second tongue and glue it in so I can flip and keep moving. That is extremely difficult with engineered as I soul need a piece of wood 1/8x1/4 or smaller.

Is there another way to do this? Is there something good to use as a tongue? What are your methods?

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Old 05-12-2017, 07:46 PM   #2
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Re: Working Backward With Engineered Hardwood

You can make your own tongue like youve been doing. Or glue it down or face nail.

One thing I often do to hide a few more fasteners is to blind nail through the short tongue side as well.

I dont lay laminate; I always tell customers the truth. It costs about the same and it makes your home worth LESS money.

People love hardwoods so thats what I do.

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Re: Working Backward With Engineered Hardwood

You can reverse spline with engineered just like you do with solid. just a smaller spline. A zero clearance insert in your table saw will help stay safe.
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Re: Working Backward With Engineered Hardwood

Not sure that I follow the need for spline as you approach a wall or corner?

Run the nailer until it won't fit. The last couple rows can be set with a palm nailer, finish nailer, or hand nailed until you hit the last course. Top nail the last board under the basebor shoe moulding.

Is use bostik glue on the last couple of rows as well.

Use a jack off the wall to keep them tight, if needed.
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