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Old 03-13-2016, 11:03 AM   #1
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Cleats or staples for hardwood installation


I'm going to be installing 3/4" x 3 1/4" white oak over 3/4" plywood subfloor. I bought a Numax flooring nailer/stapler. Manufacturer instructions say to use either staple or cleats. Is one better then the other ? Going to use a 2" either way.
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Re: Cleats or staples for hardwood installation


I used cleats when I installed my solid bamboo.....and staples for my 1/2" solid oak (over 60 years old)

I think the cleats have slighter better holding power....and you can use a punch to sink one in a little deeper if it comes up proud. Cleats are a little less likely to split the tongue on the wood.

Since your wood is 3/4", I think you will be fine with either one.

But I'll be watching this to see what everyone else says.....
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