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Recommended Size for Flooring Staples / Nails

by Jeff Hosking – Hosking Hardwood Flooring
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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.


cleat nails

Cleat Nails

LFN-50 HighPro Pneumatic Hardwood Flooring Cleat Nailer
SHF15 Senco Manual Hardwood Flooring Cleat Nailer

Use 1-1/2" long cleat nails when installing thinner 1/2" thick wood flooring.

Use 1-3/4" long cleat nails when installing 3/4" solid wood flooring, when 3/4" thick plywood is applied directly over a concrete slab—so the cleat nail does not go through the 3/4" thick plywood, hitting the concrete.

Use 2" long cleat nails when installing 3/4" solid wood flooring over a wood subfloor with floor joists. Or when installing 3/4" flooring over two layers of 1/2" plywood over a concrete slab.

 

flooring staples

Staples

High Pro FS-50 Pneumatic Flooring Stapler

Use 18 GA 1-1/2" long staples when installing thinner 1/2" thick solid wood floors (per manufacturer's recommendation).

Use 15 GA 1-3/4" long staples when installing 3/4" solid wood flooring, when 3/4" plywood is applied directly over a concrete slab—so that the staple does not go through the 3/4" plywood, hitting the concrete.

Use 15 GA 2" long staples when installing 3/4" solid wood flooring over a wood subfloor with floor joists, or when installing 3/4" flooring over two layers of 1/2" plywood over a concrete slab.

 

flooring staples

For Engineered Flooring and Thinner Solid Wood Flooring

AS 4590T HighPro Pneumatic Flooring Stapler

Use 1" to 1-1/4" long staples for thinner 1/4" to 5/16" thick floors.

Use 1-1/4" to 1-1/2" long staples for 3/8" to 1/2" thick floors.

Use 1-1/2" long staples for 5/8" thick floors.

 

 

 


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Date: August 16, 2019
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Date: July 15, 2019
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Thanks for the info. I have radiant heat under a plywood joist subfloor. Is it ok to use 1-1/2" nails for 3/4" solid flooring? Need to keep the nails out of the tubing.
Reply by HoskingHardwood : To answer your question you would need to figure out the thickness of your existing plywood to find a proper nail length. I would suggest having a professional come in to evaluate the job so that the nails do not penetrate the radiant heating tubes. I would also recommend using a floating floor over the radiant heat which is better suited for over radiant heat systems.  
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Date: May 2, 2019
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I got OSB for my floor. rip the rug out. Bought vinyl tiles. I was told I need 1/4 under layment to get the job done and to use shank nails. What do you recomend to nail these 1/4 panels. shank nail, staples or cleats?
Reply by HoskingHardwood : For nailing 1/4 inch underlayment we use either 1- 1/4 ring shank nails or staples 
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Date: March 6, 2019
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Where do I find 18 ga x 1-1/2 in staples?
Reply by HoskingHardwood : Try Amazon 
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Date: December 13, 2018
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Great info, very helpful.
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Date: December 9, 2018
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Thank you for the detailed explanation on what size cleat to use. Makes my job as a DIYer that much easier.
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Date: September 13, 2018
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Great info but what size do you use if its a concrete slab with 1/2" glued down? 3/4" stock being used.
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Date: September 6, 2018
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The information is very helpful i really appreciate the help Thank you very much.
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Date: February 25, 2018
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Just what I needed. Thank You
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First results in Google with a straight correct answer. Thank you!

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