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Old 01-07-2010, 03:58 PM   #1
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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.

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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?

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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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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