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What kind of nail gun do I need for hardwood flooring?
Last Updated: 27th February, 2020
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Hereof, what kind of nails should I use for hardwood flooring?
Use 1-1/2" long cleat nails when installing thinner 1/2" thick wood flooring. Use 1-3/4" long cleat nails when installing 3/4" solid wood flooring, when 3/4" thick plywood is applied directly over a concrete slab—so the cleat nail does not go through the 3/4" thick plywood, hitting the concrete.
Beside above, can you use a framing nailer for flooring? You can use three types of nailers on a hardwood floor: a flooring nailer, a finish nailer or a flooring and mallet nailer. Framing nail guns are not suitable due to nail size and configuration.
Keeping this in consideration, are staples or nails better for hardwood floors?
Staples. Because each staple grips the wood with two prongs, staples provide a tighter initial grip than cleat nails. However, flooring staples are more likely to back out as wood expands and contracts, loosening the hold and increasing the risk of squeaks.
Can you use a brad nailer for hardwood floors?
Like most of the newer floor products, you can install it floatin without glue or nails, glued down or nailed into place on plywood and other wood product subfloors. A flooring nailer is the preferred method for attaching flooring, but a brad nailer, used correctly, runs a close second.