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Old 07-29-2007, 11:11 PM   #1
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Choosing the right nail/staple...


I'm getting ready to install a nailed, 5/8" engineered maple floor in my 1969 era home I recently bought. This will be my first nailed floor install after doing a couple different types of floating laminates.

The subfloor is 1" x 6" T&G planks on joists 4 feet on center. The original floor was all carpet so the house has 3/8" underlayment grade particle board from 1969.

A local installer has recommended I replace that particle board with 3/8" CD exterior grade plywood to reduce the chance of squeaks developing later. It's A LOT OF WORK because that old particle board is down with thousands of staples.

But once I've got it pulled up, what type of fastener should I use to put down the new plywood? Nails or staples? What type? Galvanized? Ring shank? What about the nailing pattern?

Any thoughts or suggestions are welcome! And thanks in advanced!

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Old 07-31-2007, 04:40 PM   #2
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You have to pull the dustboard because the staples will not hold when you lay the floor. Pull it up and lay half inch sheathing nailed with ring shank 8s ( or screw off with risers..your choice) and glue the sheathing around the edges and across according to the joist pattern. I usually lay the sheet in place and trace it real quick with a pencil so I know where it seats so I dont glue to far ahead and end up stepping in it. In time you will develop the eye so you dont have to do this.

O yeah, glue with PL or some other Contsr. or subfloor adhesive. I like the PL urethane myself.

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