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Recommended Size for Flooring Staples / Nails


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.


LFN-50 HighPro Pneumatic Hardwood Flooring Cleat Nailer

SHF15 Senco Manual 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.




High Pro FS-50 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
 
  AS 4590T HighPro 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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Quick guide to know which size staple for each thickness of flooring. A great help!
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Was a bit confused about the nail type and size to use on the 3/4 inch Oak with the 3/8 inch plywood over subfloor. This gave me the answer - Great page
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very good. but you should add an opinion or advice between cleat nails or staples
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You dont give an opinion with regard to solid flooring is being fixed directly to floor joists

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