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I rented a bostitch MIIIFN to install bamboo hardwood flooring. The nailer is splitting the tongue of the wood. Is there some type of adjustment that I can do to stop the splitting?

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You do not use nails to install bamboo floor! EVER!

bamboo flooring is installed on glue alone, and then some weight is put on the top to keep it down while glue is binding. this usually takes about 12 to 24h, depending on climate, temperature and humidity.

if these are standard board, they are 6' long and between 4" and 6" wide, depending on manufacturer. all ends indexed (tongue and grove) and pre-finished.

bamboo is a grass, but because of glue used in it's construction (formaldehyde) it makes it very hard, even harder than ironbark, in jenkins scale, bamboo floorboards are between 13 and 15 (pine is about 4.5, oak about 10 in this same scale)

bamboo expand as well with humidity, and you need to leave 10mm free space along the walls to allow for that expansion. this space is normally convered by skirting. skirting is usually about 19mm thick, therefore gap between 10mm and 15mm is ok.

if running board is longer than 13m, you need to leave expansion joint on it as well.

if you are installing directly on the concrete, do not forget about moisture barrier, if this is on already existing wood floor or cork, moisture barrier is not necessary, but you need to remove old paint from subfloor (sand it to "bare" wood) to allow better glue adhesion.

if you are installing bamboo over the bearers, then use some sort of subfloor and glue bamboo on the top of it. you cannot just stick bamboo to the bearers, bamboo is too thin (15mm) for that

NEVER NAIL BAMBOO FLOOR!

you use glue and sparringly pin-nails on bamboo skirtboard (even pin-nail tend to explode them...).

i hope that this short explanation will help you, it will be better actually if you ask some professional floor shop in your area how to do that...

if you are happy with my advice, please do not hesitate to leave your comments or vote (or both...) for me, thanx!

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