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Old 05-22-2012, 04:33 PM   #1
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Brazilian Cherry cleat nail or staple?


I am about to install a brazilian cherry floor in my home, I have never installed a hard wood floor before, so..... Any way what is the best way to put it down? cleats or staples? 0.75" thick x 3.25" wide.
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Hello everyone, I am about to start a new floor installation. But I don't know exactly where to begin. Does anyone have an idea as to where and what I begin with?

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Hello Everyone,
As I am beginning to install my new floor, I just encountered a problem. My floor is not properly leveled and I dont know whetehr I should leave it like that or try and fix it? Does anyone have any idea whether I should level my floors or leave it the way it is?
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I have never used anything but a powernailer with cleats. The cleats are serrated and coated to hold better. I have never had a callback on a floor in 40 years so I see no reason to change.
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Definitely level it. Are you installing over concrete slab or plywood subfloor?


On slab - use leveling compound

On plywood, you can sand down the high spots with a belt, drum, or flooring edge sander. Fill low spots with 30# felt paper, layering and tapering it as needed.

You should have a long straight-edge on hand, to find these spots. The manufacturer's installation instructions for your wood flooring should tell you how much fudge room they allow.
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My honest opinion, after installing mine a few weeks ago.... hire somebody else to do install it. After renting the following tools, I only saved $400 and ended up extremely sore.

Rented: Species-specific moisture meter. (This is your most-important and most-overlooked tool. If you use the wrong type of moisture meter, you are setting yourself up for a costly failure.) Table saw, edge sander, cleat nailer, top nailer, power jamb saw, powerjack.

Owned: Power Miter saw, shopvac, prybars, kneepads (don't go with the cheap disposable kind), jigsaw.
Purchased: 2ft-long slotted screwdriver (for prying unruly boards into place), flooring install kit (http://www.harborfreight.com/floor-i...kit-96447.html), chalkline (to set your starting course).

A good hand-plane would've been useful, but I overlooked it.


This site was pretty useful: http://www.hardwoodinstaller.com/har...loor-tools.htm
As was hardwoodflooringtalk.com

And youtube...

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Thanks! I already leveled it...The level measurements are slightly off, but I figured it was okay..Am I right??? I'm actually installing over plywood subfloors thats why im nervous tackling this project. There is no turning back after I start. The long straight- edge saved me from a headache. I was able to find the spots all over the place. But what would happen if I left some spots untreated?
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Why would I need a moisture meter? I didn't even know I needed one to install wood floors. I rented a edge sander, cleat nailer, top nailer, power jamb saw, powerjack. But the Table saw and a shopvac, I don't have. Do you think it would be a problem if I don't get one?

And thanks for the tip on disposable knee pads but you're right I shouldnt. With this advice i'm feeling a lil better. Thanks for the guidance!

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