COMMUNITY FORUM

austintown

10:16AM | 07/21/04
Member Since: 07/20/04
3 lifetime posts
Bvflooring
I am considering buying hardwood flooring (3/8 inch thick) that recommends using glue to install. Can I use 18 guage brads or is glue the only option? Having an air brad gun would make the job much easier (and less messy).

alexh

10:24AM | 07/22/04
Member Since: 10/28/02
30 lifetime posts
Most engineered floors can either be nailed or glued (floating) but in the end you have to follow the manufacturers recommendations or you could end up with a big mess.

When you 3/8" thick you not referring to solid wood are you? Solid wood can never be glued - the expansion would be horrendous since there is nothing to resist it.

Also, you should use flooring nails or staples - again go with the manufacturers recommendations. Brads wouldn't last long (they would pull out). Flooring nails are barbed and thus have immense holding power. In either case you have to have a flooring nailer. There are usually plenty on e-bay and you can easily sell it after use.

tomh

12:03PM | 07/22/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
3/8 flooring could be solid or engineered wood. The installation options (nail, glue, float) are specified by the manufacturer. In no case will brads work.

I often use a pneumatic tool like the Bostich FloorRunner or SpotNails to do this. It applies a long crown staple at a specific angle. It is equipped with shoe adapters that work for 3/8, 5/8 and 7/16 floors. A finish nailer can be used to top-nail a few runs near the wall, but is not intended for the whole floor.
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

With nothing more than a saw and some plywood, you can create your own Christmas tree cutout forest. Give the "tree" a coa... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR carpet tiles are a simple and affordable way to customize a floor covering for any space. You can make anything from ... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon