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Old 08-08-2015, 12:03 AM   #1
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Hardwood installation in narrow hall...


Hello!

SO I plan on installing hardwood in an upstairs hall once my new stairs are completed. CUrrently there is carpet. My hallway has wall on 1 side and hand rail on the other. Normally I would surface nail the hardwood piece @ the wall so it's covered by the base boards and then lay out from there... but in this instance I need to start at the nosing/base of the hand rail and finish at the wall so I don't end up with a ripped piece in plain site. How would you recommend I attach the first piece @ the railing base without surface nailing it.. im thinking glue....

secondly.. i probably wont be able to get more than a few rows nailed with the nailer before it will no longer fit as it approaches the wall. Will 16g 2" nails suffice for those last rows I wont be able to get the proper nailer into?

ALOT to ask I know..... let me thank you all in advance for taking the time to read my post.

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A combination of PL Construction adhesive and a few finish nails driven in diagonal through the groove will be a starting point,

Use a nail set to get the finish nails set deep enough to leave the groove clean for the next line of flooring.

Or many cuts and install the flooring crosswise of the hallway, not long ways.

at the wall you can pre drill a few nail holes and hand nail until you run out of room to swing the hammer, then use a thin bead of the PL Construction adhesive to secure the last few strips.

laying a few barbell weights on top for a day or so to hold them down until the adhesive sets.

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Thanks ED! that's what I had kinda thought and your directions seem to make perfect and logical sense. Thank you for taking the time out to answer, much appreciated:-)
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You are welcome.

That's what many of us are here for , to pass along any experience that we have before our expiration date occurs.

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laying a few barbell weights on top for a day or so to hold them down until the adhesive sets.

Don't forget this step. The PL Premium expands as it cures, and can slightly lift the board.
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Here's something that's time consuming but worth it.
If you have a plug cutter.?
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