Installing Hardwoods Near a Cabinet

Answered by Brendan ~ November 30, 2010 ~ No Comments

I'm going to be installing prefinished 3in hardwoods and will be doing so in the great room and kitchen. I have a pneumatic nailer which will make the job easier but as I get near the cabinets, I won't be able to use my nailer and face nailing would prove challenging under the cabinet. I was thinking of pre-drilling holes and using a racheting nailer (like the one at Sears) to hammer it in before I could countersink it but wanted to hear if you have any advice. I'm open to suggestions. Thanks.

Mike ~ Dallas, Texas

Brendan Fowler

Nailing under a toe kick is generally not possible. I use a pneumatic flooring nail gun until it becomes to close to the cabinets to strike with the hammer, then I use a 16 gauge finish nail gun at an angle through the tongue until I am forced to face nail. Once I begin to face nail, I use glue as well as nails. When I get to a point where it becomes impossible to nail because of toe kick interference, I use glue only. To make sure that there is adequate downward pressure on the glued flooring, I use short blocks and wedges against the bottom of the toe kick to get the floor clamped down. When gluing flooring down, be sure that you are not gluing to a vapor barrier or floor pad. Good Luck!

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