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 Post subject: Please help: What size staple/cleats
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:36 am 
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I can not find any definitive answer:
My situation is I am installing 3/4 HW over 3/4 inch osb. I am leaning towards staples, but I keep going back and forth between 2 inch and 1 3/4 inch staples. There are so many conflicting opinions. 2 inch will penetrate, while 1 3/4 will not. It is recommended 2 inch but going through OSB may reduce holding power, yet 1 3/4 inch will not have as much holding power. This is based on the reading I have done. Do you see my problem?! Adding ply is not an option in this case for many reasons. This is what I have to work with. Any help will be appreciated more than you know...


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 Post subject: Re: Please help: What size staple/cleats
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:53 am 
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What do the manufacturer's installation instructions recommend?


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 Post subject: Re: Please help: What size staple/cleats
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:11 am 
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I purchased from a local manufacture - not a box store or brand. No specifications given...just opinions


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 Post subject: Re: Please help: What size staple/cleats
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:20 am 
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Are cleats not an option? Staples are more likely to split the floor board tongues. Staples are less expensive than cleats. Everybody has a different preference. Either length is acceptable....that's why you're getting opinions and not hard and fast rules.


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 Post subject: Re: Please help: What size staple/cleats
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:26 pm 
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Thank you for your help. Cleats are certainly an option. I was thinking the staple may hold better being OSB as the subfloor.


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 Post subject: Re: Please help: What size staple/cleats
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:57 pm 
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I have been using staples for years. I have never had a split tongue. Maybe it is my MIII stapler. Staples hold better for me, but still let the floor move when I purposely leave a small gap between rows when the flooring is slightly too dry, so it can finish acclimating after it is laid. As for the length of fastener I don't think it matters much. I have seen cleats rust when they have penetrated the sub-floor. Staples are usually made with galvanized wire so this resists rust, where cleats are bright steel. Special stainless steel cleats are available and can be used for a porch
The important thing is to follow the required fastening schedule. Minimum fasteners per board is two. A fastener within 2-3 inches from each end of the board. A fastener every 10-12 inches along the board.


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