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Bamboo Flooring

Pete Brown - 02 November 2005

The Bamboo Flooring from Sustainable Flooring arrived today. This time the truck driver was very helpful, and assisted in unloading it. Just for the record, this stuff is heavy, really heavy. We unloaded 49 6' long cases, each weighing 70 pounds, plus a wrapped package of stair nosing and reducer strips. That's almost 3500 pounds of flooring.

As it turns out, the flooring is branded 4 Winds High Density Coffee (in matte finish). I found their web site and read the installation instructions, as well as looked at the different photos they had. In the photo above the flooring looks much more red then it is in person. I gave up trying to color correct from the flash in the low light. You can find a slightly more accurate photo here.

Based on what I read there and elsewhere, I purchased from Harvester Floors (the only place I could find it online) the Primatech P-240 nailer I had been looking at. Just for the record, the salesperson recommended stapling the flooring. From what I have read, the cleats will cause less splitting than the staples. The installation instructions on the 4 Winds site, which explicitly say do not staple, cinched it for me. It's a gamble to go against his recommendations, but I'll take it and see what happens.

Like everything else I buy, I researched the nailer to death before I picked it up. I purchased this specific nailer for the following reasons:

  • Friendly for pre-finished floors. The common flooring nailers have had lots of complaints regarding pre-finished flooring. Since I am not a pro, there is more chance I'll muck up the floor with a nailer that requires delicate handling.
  • It gets you closer to the wall. Watch the video on the primatech site. The trigger on the nailer can be hit from any angle, allowing you to get much closer to the wall on those last boards. This reduces face nailing, which reduces hole filling.
  • The Trak-Edge adapter (see link below) is friendly to 5/8 flooring. Most other nailers are set up for 3/4" flooring and require tape and/or shims. While I may still need shims of some sort (I'll need to see how the Trak-Edge is adjusted), these folks at least considered thinner flooring when they built this unit.

With the nailer, I purchased 2" L Cleats and the Trak-Edge adapter plate.

Most of the flooring is still sitting outside, up on sticks, under a tarp. I will bring it in over the next few days, with my father-in-law helping on Saturday with whatever is left. Once it is inside, it will sit here for a while before I use it, so acclimation will not be a problem.

posted by Pete Brown on Wednesday, November 2, 2005
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5 comments for “Bamboo Flooring”

  1. Michael Johansonsays:
    This is pretty interesting. I think I'm going to do the same, but I have a question. Has anyone ever used this over top a floor heating system. I'm going to buy my system form easywarmfloor.com for it seems cheap and reliable, but I wanted to know what you though about placing bamboo over it.
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  3. Lucius Caisays:
    Bamboo flooring manufacturer from China here,all the products with CE,ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001 approved.
    The common size of our product is 1000×96×15 mm(Natural & Carbonized ),1830×96×14mm(Strand Woven), Other are,

    Price term:FOB ShenZhen(China)
    MOQ:1×20" FCL
    Payment term:L/C and Telegraphic Transfer
    Lead time:45 days

    Free sample could be sent if interested in.

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