Installing 5/16' Top Nailed Red Oak

JDittmanJanuary 3, 2011

I recently purchased a foreclosed 1939 colonial with 5/16" top-nailed red oak throughout with the exception of one room which has original linoleum. I have already removed the linoleum from that room and plan to replace it with 5/16" red oak. I understand that it will not match perfectly but I'd prefer this over carpet as I am trying to stay with the era of the home and allergies are a concern as well.

The existing 5/16" flooring runs parallel to the door opening of this room. I have found a supplier for the wood and I'm currently working through that (species, cut, etc.). My question is about top-nailing. I have a bostitch 16ga trim nailer and 18 ga brad/staple nailer. Will either of these work for top-nailing? Also, is any kind of underlayment necessary between the 5/16" and the subfloor? The subfloor is 3/4" (or 1") diagonal planks.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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