What Type of Fastener Should I Use For Hardwood Flooring

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Forum topic by Mike Fleser posted 03-24-2009 05:25 PM 2172 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mike Fleser

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03-24-2009 05:25 PM

I am going to be putting down some hardwood flooring and have the choice between staples, nails and or cleats. What is the best kind to use and what length should I use for 3/4” flooring. Thanks for the help.

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#1 posted 03-24-2009 06:51 PM

The fastener is going to be dependent on the type of nailer that you use. I would either rent, if you are only going to do a small job, or buy a pneumatic nailer. You can get manual ones but the pneumatic models do a much better job, are faster and are much easier on the back and shoulders. Bostich and Porta Nailer are a couple that are readily available. You can get nails for either of them at Lowe’s or Home Depot. I would go with 2” nails.

For the nailer you might want to check on Ebay and Craigslist for used ones since, unless you are planning on doing this for a living, you will have no further use for the tool.

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#2 posted 03-24-2009 10:36 PM

When I started putting down over 2000’ of 3/4 pre-finished Oak in my new house, I purchased a manual nailer that used the spike type nails. Well after a lot of swinging that big hammer I opted to rent a air nailer from the Big Box store. It used staples, my arm sure was happy! It has been 6 years, and I can’t tell any difference in the ability of them to hold the floor. I had a few squeaks, but they were caused by the sub-floor.

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#3 posted 03-24-2009 11:49 PM

I purchased a nailer last year after researching them a lot and listening to people on forums like the ones we have here. You can purchase one from places like harbor frieght and salvage for a lot less than name brand. But… stay away from certain ones. The nailers that have a U-bolt around the base of the handle it seems leak air after awhile. Sometimes part way through doing a floor. I purchased one of the solid cast ones from harbor freight and have done 6 floors with it. It’s a cleat type nailer.. the nails are flat and L shaped. it came with the hammer, oil, case, etc. I think I payed about $250 for it. Oh, and definately hydraulic. Sears sells a little hammer nailer compressor for about $99 when on sale. google them. It’s the red one with the single small cylinder. It’s what I’ve used and it easily keeps up with me.
I hope this helps if you were thinking of purchasing. I considered renting but after looking into the cost and that I’d have to put in floors 24/7 to hold costs down, I decided to purchase for not much more than renting, have a nailer, and work on the floors as my old body would allow time wise. And the compressor has been used with other nailers a lot too.

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