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April 09, 2013

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Hi Pat, thank you for choosing Lumber Liquidators!

The floor you chose does require an expansion gap around the perimeter and at all vertical obstructions. This space is normally the same as the thickness of the new flooring.

For 5/8" strand bamboo, 18 gauge cleats are recommended with a length of 1-1/2" to 1-3/4".

Here is a complete installation guide which you might find useful: http://www.lumberliquidators.com/assets/images/installation/morning_star_2.pdf

I hope this helps! - Lumber Liquidators

Pat Sweeney

I am installing a Morning Star engineered bamboo 5/8 x 3 3/4 stranded carbonized product and nailing it down. Does this nailed down product require an expansion gap and if so how big should it be. Secondly, can staples be used to nail down the floor or must cleats be used. What length and gauge should I use when using staples or cleats,

Thank you for your help.

Pat Sweeney

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