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Most manufacturers allow the use of either flooring nails or staples, but you should always refer to the manufacturer's instructions for proper nail/staple size for a particular floor. We recommend nailing or stapling every 6-8 inches along the tongue of every board, staying in approx. 4 inches from each end of the floorboard. As a rule of thumb, the recommended sizes below apply.

 

For Solid Flooring - Pneumatic Hardwood Flooring Cleat Nailer

  • Use 1-1/2 IN. long cleat nails when installing thinner 1/2 IN. thick wood flooring.
  • Use 1-3/4 IN. long cleat nails when installing 3/4 IN. solid wood flooring, when 3/4 IN. thick plywood is applied directly over a concrete slab --- so the cleat nail does not go through the 3/4 IN. thick plywood, hitting the concrete.
  • Use 2 IN. long cleat nails when installing 3/4 IN. solid wood flooring over a wood subfloor with floor joists. Or when installing 3/4 IN. flooring over two layers of 1/2 IN. plywood over a concrete slab.

 

For Solid Flooring - Pneumatic Flooring Stapler

  • Use 18 GA 1-1/2 IN. long staples when installing thinner 1/2 IN. thick solid wood floors ["per manufacturer's recommendation"].
  • Use 15 GA 1-3/4 IN. long staples when installing 3/4 IN. solid wood flooring, when 3/4 IN. plywood is applied directly over a concrete slab --- so that the staple does not go through the 3/4 IN. plywood, hitting the concrete.
  • Use 15 GA 2 IN. long staples  when installing 3/4 IN. solid wood flooring over a wood subfloor with floor joists, or  when installing 3/4 IN. flooring over two layers of 1/2 In plywood over a concrete slab.

 

For Engineered Flooring and Thinner Solid Wood Flooring - Pneumatic Flooring Stapler

  • Use 1 IN.  to  1-1/4 IN. long staples for thinner 1/4 IN. to 5/16 IN. thick floors.
  • Use 1-1/4 IN. to 1-1/2 IN. long staples for 3/8 IN. to 1/2 IN. thick floors.
  • Use 1-1/2 IN. long staples for 5/8 IN. thick floors.

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