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Old 03-19-2014, 09:51 AM   #1
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Stranded bamboo - nail or glue - underlayment or not


Plan is to install 5/8 x 3 3/4 stranded bamboo in my (small) kitchen. Subfloor is plywood (house built in 1956). I have read a few warnings about using a nail gun on bamboo (splintering) so I was thinking of using glue instead. Also not sure if I need underlayment since there is a full (partially heated) basement below and moisture or noise is not really a factor.

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Read the directions and or talk to the manufacture about this, there the one's going to be warrantying it.
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Thanks for the reply.

The manufacturer's warranty covers both nailing and glue. I am trying to decide which method I should use and what to do about underlayment. I am leaning toward using glue but I am not sure if the underlayment is okay to use with the glue.
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I have stranded bamboo and most places I talked to said it's too hard to nail into. The one place said they only recommend one particular brand of nailer and I believe they said staples, but I can't remember. Most places said to glue it down, or mine is actually floating with a foam underlayment and the seams are glued together. The manufacturer of my floor said it was ok to do it that way. All depends what your manufacturer says.
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It's almost impossible to staple. The staples just bend. You have to use cleats and yes they tend to cause it to splinter or split. We only sell locking floating strand now. Previously it was always best to glue the stuff. You shouldn't need any kind of underlayment when gluing.
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He's right, it was cleats they told me to nail it with, not staples. I would do the click lock stuff next time instead of the glue together if I was doing a floating floor again.
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Thanks much for the comments and advice. I will go with the glue.

I assume the underlayment isn't needed because the glue acts as seal and cushion to some degree. Any recommendation on the type of glue (or brand if that is allowed on here).

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