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asked in category: General Last Updated: 15th January, 2020

Do you nail into the tongue or groove?

For tongue-and-groove flooring, drive a nail at a 45-degree angle through the tongue, then conceal it by engaging the groove of the next board. Be sure to countersink the nail – drive it slightly below the surface of the wood – to prevent interference in the joint.

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Besides, can you nail hardwood in the groove?

Problems with Nailing the Groove The wood on the tongue is much thicker than the wood on the inside of the groove and less likely to split when you drive a nail. To nail the groove, you must nail by hand, but you have a very small space in which to work.

Beside above, what side of hardwood do you nail? Begin your nailing from the left side of the room and always do your nailing from left to right across the floor. Use a rubber mallet to tap the boards tightly into place.

Consequently, what kind of nails do you use for tongue and groove?

Common gauges for nails used in tongue and groove installation include 15, 16, 17 and 18. The gauge of a nail has nothing to do with its length. As such, it's possible to use 15-gauge nails with lengths of 1 inch, 1.5 inches or 2 inches.

Which side is the tongue and groove?

Each laminate flooring plank contains a tongue and groove, these edges of the board cause your locking system to click together. The tongue on laminate flooring is the small flat edge on one side of the board, this is the top edge that is going to angle and lock into the bottom side of another board.

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