Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: What type of tool should be used to install tongue and groove flooring?
A: Easy question to answer, but you should have put it in the “plural”. “Tools”. You will need to nail this floor down to the subfloor somehow. You can rent a manual nailer, which, if you are installing 3/4 thick flooring, takes a good amount of effort. Or you can use a pneumatic nailer. I have both, but now just use the air actuated nailer. It is far easier on the body! You will also need a saw to cut each board. A chalk line, tape measure, probably a table saw to rip boards along the wall.
If you don’t know what sort of tool to use to install this type of floor, my advice would be to leave it up to a professional. Honestly, there is a lot to consider in layout and installation. It is not as “do it yourself” as some might have you believe. And it is backbreaking work. My view is that, if I don’t actually know how to do something, I would rather be out making money doing what I know how to do and leave any given job up to the pro.
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What kind of tools do I use?
Q imported from our old site, Face Lift Floors: I’m planning to install 3/4 hardwood floor (Maplewood) in my three bedrooms. What kind of tools do I use? Pneumatic hardwood flooring Nailer or Stapler? And what size 1 1/4 or 2 inches of nail or stapler?
A: Nails or staples, either will do the job. They will need to be 2″ long. The 1 1/4 nails are for 3/8 strip.
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