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Hey all,
Just looking for some advice here,I am installing oak 3 1/4 hardwood flooring.What is better to use for nailing it? Staples or nail ?? :thumbsup:
 

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I've seen flooring contractors use both. My hardwood guy prefers staples, as do I. As far as I know, one difference is that if you are using nails, you need more of them.

You can go to the manufactures web site and check their install manual.
 

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Hey all,
Just looking for some advice here,I am installing oak 3 1/4 hardwood flooring.What is better to use for nailing it? Staples or nail ?? :thumbsup:
:whistling
 

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I've demoed floors nailed with both. Stapled floors don't hardly leave a staple in the floor & there's hardly a damaged plank. Not the case with cleats.

Let me ask you this for comparison. Which will hold better, a ring shank nail, or a 16 sinker?
 

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I've demoed floors nailed with both. Stapled floors don't hardly leave a staple in the floor & there's hardly a damaged plank. Not the case with cleats.

Let me ask you this for comparison. Which will hold better, a ring shank nail, or a 16 sinker?
Hey, good point. Now that I think about it, every floor I've pulled up with staples, the staples do come up with the hardwood.

Thanks for being on the ball. :thumbsup:
 

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I hear ya..lol...

I mean installing it...............



I've heard staples , because it is less likely to split..

Thanks
I haven't done many floors, but the ones I have, either engineered or solid, got stapled down.:thumbsup:
 

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With 3 1/4" plank flooring you can still bang a plank straight with cleats. I'm not sure it that can be done with staples. Cleats cost more , but i have more faith in them.
 

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I mostly use staples unless specified not to by flooring company as in the case of Bamboo I just did. I have never been able to pull staples out easily and less splitting. Most cleat jobs I'm not impressed with the holding power on plywood. In fact I just did one that the bamboo required 2" cleats and I had to tear up a board that was fully nailed and it came out way too easy.

I'm a bit nervous what this is going to sound like in a few years.
 

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Im going to be installing a prefinished 5/16" engineered 5" plank later this week and ill be using staples. I feel more comfortable with the holding power of a staple but everyone has their own opinion. For you staple guys, what size are you using? Any of you guys using regular 18g guns as appososed to the flooring guns?
 

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I think the staples in my gun (fires cleats too) are 15gauge staples (?)

consider glueing down your engineered floor. A full spread installation keeps the floor tight for many years-especially in old houses w/ uneven floors (joist buckeling). Isn't there a recommendation for using adhesive/glue on planks larger than 3.25?
 

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I didn't spring for the MIIIFN but picked up a harbor freight flooring nailer/stapler. Used it to install about 1500sqft of flooring haven't had much to complain about....if I were to install a lot of flooring I would have bought the Bostich.
 
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