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llckll 01-07-2010 02:58 PM

Can I use regular finishing nailgun
to install hardwood floors? I have the dewalt 618 series and it seems to be the same as a pneumatic gun.

jlhaslip 01-07-2010 03:11 PM

It can be done, but it would not be recommended. Those are 18 guage nails so you would need to put several times more of them in to do the same job as an 'l-cleat' or staple. Rent the tool if you must.

What sort of flooring are we taking about? solid wood or an engineered product?

llckll 01-07-2010 03:13 PM

Thanks. I would like solid wood but depends on the price. I am doing my initial research and will most likely start in the spring.

pyper 01-07-2010 03:15 PM

I used 15 guage finish nails to put down a bamboo floor (the instructions said it was OK). It seems to have worked find.

I think with a regular wood you'd have more problems with squeeks and stuff. the bamboo I used is the kind with flat strips laminated in three layers. It's very uniform and pretty stable.

llckll 01-07-2010 03:17 PM

Underneath my existing floors is a baseboard. Some areas are very warped so i'll probably have to put new baseboards in those areas.

Did you use underlayment when laying new floors? What are your thoughts on cork underlayment as well?

jlhaslip 01-07-2010 06:22 PM

pyper, yes, an engineered product would be more stable, so a 2 1/2 " 15 guage would work.

llckll, i've never put new sub-floor under hardwood flooring. How thick and what type of sub-floor is there now?
as to the cork, check with the flooring source once you decide on the type.

llckll 01-09-2010 06:25 PM

I'm not sure what kind of sub-floor. But the floor by my balcony door is very warped/uneven. I suppose I'll find out when I get there.

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