March 12, 2009


Filed under: home improvement,technology — origamifreak @ 7:39 pm
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Well, so much for the screw-down approach. “Bob” tried it on a few courses of planks and discovered that even with countersinking, the screws broke the tongues of the strand-woven lumber. This stuff is incredibly dense. He said he’s never seen anything like it.

So, back to Square One. Since we had opted not to go with the glue-down installation, this left only one remaining possibility, nailing the floor down with L-shaped cleats. Some research and communication with the flooring supplier confirmed that standard 16-gauge flooring cleats will break the strand-woven tongues, and that we’d have to go up to a higher (smaller) gauge, such as 18 or 20.

The flooring supplier kindly emailed a spec sheet recommending some manual and pneumatic nailers that do this gauge (it can be hard to find them, since it’s a nonstandard size), and after looking at the manufacturer’s website, I finally located a couple of distributors in the Fingerlakes.

We eventually went with the cleat/nailer supplier in Waverly, who kindly put aside a 20-gauge pneumatic nail gun and 8 boxes of cleats for “Bob” to pick up today. (That was all the 1.5-inch cleats they had – “Bob” estimates we will need 25 boxes total.)

I hope he’ll try nailing some down today when he returns to the worksite. If so, stay tuned for pictures…



  1. Tell me again why you do not wish to glue it to the floor?

    Comment by jpm14 — March 13, 2009 @ 7:03 am | Reply

  2. “Bob” was convinced that screwing the planks would be more secure. Also, if a plank ever needs replacing due to damage, this is difficult with a nail-down floor, but impossible with a glue-down. If we wanted the special glue, we would have had to order it at the same time as the lumber, so gluing it now isn’t really an option.

    Comment by origamifreak — March 13, 2009 @ 5:11 pm | Reply

    • Correction. As it turns out, you CAN buy the glue after the fact from the bamboo supplier. But we just went to the closest Lumber Liquidators and bought some from them, because we could have it right away instead of waiting for shipping.

      Comment by origamifreak — March 27, 2009 @ 3:08 pm | Reply

  3. Blah.

    Comment by jpm14 — March 15, 2009 @ 12:59 pm | Reply

  4. Yeah. Oh well.

    Comment by origamifreak — March 15, 2009 @ 8:02 pm | Reply

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