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Britlab
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Installing hardwood?
Installing 1/2”x 5” hardwood (wood, not pressboard), what nailer/stapler and size staples should I use?


gumbo2176
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re: Installing hardwood?
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Installing 1/2”x 5” hardwood (wood, not pressboard), what nailer/stapler and size staples should I use?


Check the installation instructions that come with the flooring to see what they recommend would be my thought.


Britlab
Member since Jan 2014
170 posts

re: Installing hardwood?
Yup, I checked and all the instructions said was to use pneumatic stapler with correct shoe base for thickness. I’m more concerned about if my old nailer used for 3/4” hardwood and 16 gauge staples will work if I adjust the shoe side? Thanks


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MizunoDude
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re: Installing hardwood?
Assuming you are renting a compressor and nail gun, they will have what you need for your project. Are you putting down Plywood or nailing to existing sub-floor?

Make sure you put down an adequate vapor barrier as well. Allow for 4-6" overlap of joints.


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Britlab
Member since Jan 2014
170 posts

re: Installing hardwood?
I already have a compressor and floor nailer (16 gauge). In searching the interweb, many recommended a 1 1/2” 18 gauge staple. I’m not sure if this will work in my gun. I also will be installing over underlayment. Nailing to existing 3/4 plywood.
This post was edited on 11/29 at 10:42 am


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poppa1254
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re: Installing hardwood?
My son installs hardwood flooring. I showed him your question. He said for that size flooring, he uses 16 gauge staples, but for 1/2” flooring you’ll need a plate for your nailer designed for 1/2”


Britlab
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re: Installing hardwood?
Excellent, thanks


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OysterPoBoy
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poppa1254


Way to be a baw.


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