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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 1-1/2 IN. long staples when installing thinner 1/2 IN. thick solid wood floors ["per manufacturer's recommendation"].

Use 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 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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Date: October 21, 2014
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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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Date: July 1, 2014
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Excellent info! "The little things"..most questions like this dont get addressed or answered by "the big box store professionals" nor paid attention by sone DYIers or tv home improvement shows/videos. No floor installation is rocket science, but ty very much for the information..
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Date: June 9, 2014
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This gives almost all of the information I was looking for. The only thing missing is is angle at which to drive the nails for certain uses. I understand this is also an important factor to reduce squeaking in the future.
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Date: April 20, 2014
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Exactly the information I was looking for. Thanks.
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Very informative. Thanks a bunch.
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very helpful
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Date: November 27, 2013
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excellent reference-thanks
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Date: September 30, 2013
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excellent review thanks
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Date: August 11, 2013
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Length is only half the equation, what about gauge?
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Date: May 22, 2013
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Thanks

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