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what is the best type and size of flooring nail gun for 1/2 inch strand bamboo?
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Posted 2015-06-12T15:44:51+0000  by KMM KMM

Good morning KMM,

Thanks for your question and welcome to the community!

Depending on if you are deciding to purchase or rent a flooring nailer will determine what to get. 

For 1/2" thick bamboo, if it is rated to be nailed down, I'd recommend a gun that uses cleats. These are smaller and used for thinner hardwood/engineered pre-finished floors like yours. 

The cleats look like the first left 2 fasteners on the image below. Be sure not to use a large staple (the one on the right), as it is rated only for thicker hardwood floors and can easily destroy your planks.

If you decide to purchase a floor nailer, we carry better versions online than typically available at your local store. 

One type is sold by Freeman, and is shown below and linked here. It accepts cleats and staples, and has a great price.

A flooring nailer would be worth its purchase if you are going to use it to install hardwood floors on a constant basis. 

However, if you are only doing a few rooms to install in your home, I always recommend the option of renting a floor nailer at your local Home Depot that has a Tool Rental Center.

Depending on availability at your local store, you can always contact them to see pricing and if their floor nailers will work for your 1/2" floor. Click here to view the link to read more information regarding rentals.

Air Floor Nailer

Both options are pneumatic, so be sure you have an adequate air compressor to handle installation. As a good rule of thumb, be sure to test out a few planks over the wood subfloor first to ensure the nailer will work correctly.

For anytime you are starting a floor nailing installation, always refer to the manufacturer of your floor for specific details. This is important, as using an incorrect fastener can void the warranty of your floor. 

Let us know if you have any further questions regarding installation of your floor.


Posted 2015-06-13T13:01:33+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL
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