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Old 05-12-2010, 03:34 PM   #1
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I am planning to install hardwood floor by myself. I am using 2 by inch red oak. I have two questions regarding this subject.

1. For Massachusetts climate should I use nails as oppose to staples? I did some online browsing and people seem to be split 50/50 for nail Vs. staple. Some say staples hold the wood tighter initially but over time as the wood expands and contracts nails do a better job in holding them in place.

2. In my online browsing I found that everyone unanimously agree that wood planks should be laid perpendicular to the floor joists. Everyone also agree that planks should be laid parallel to the longest wall. My problem is I have 30x14 room where the joists run parallel to the longest wall. So if lay the floor parallel to the longest wall I would also be placing them parallel to the joists. What should I do in this situation?

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Old 05-12-2010, 11:45 PM   #2
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always perpendiculr to joists , If you lay them parellel they will flex with the floor a little ,
If you don't think floors flex have a large person walk around while you put your face close to the floor and look at it acroos the floor , Unless it is really well built it will flex , tacomahardwoodfloors.com

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Thanks for your response. Is there any way I can strengthen the sub-floor so that the floor does not flex? Can I nail wood pieces perpendicular to the joists into the joists and under the sub-floor? I really want to lay the floor length wise, because I think that just looks better.
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Add some plywood maybe?
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Any suggestion for nail Vs. staple?
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i live in mass and have never seen any flooring laid with nails. Always staples. Im not saying one is better than the next but this is what I have seen around here. I always use staples. Also I had the exact situation you have. And you can take this however you want, but i never had a single issue with my floor. I used solid 5/8" bamboo.
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With 3/4" solid wood flooring in this part of the world an air-assisted "cleat nailer" is always used. Staples are used with 3/8" and sometimes 5/8" engineered flooring.

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