Tips on Using a Glue Gun with a Tube Cartridge on Hardwood Floors

If you are unfamiliar with how to use a glue gun with a tube-style cartridge when installing hardwood floors, then read on for some quick tips and instructions on how to utilize this tool.

Before you start using glue, you should know that roughly speaking one larger tube will cover about 100 SQ FT and one smaller tube will cover about 40 SQ FT.

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1) Cut the end of the tube with the applicator tip. You’ll want to cut the tip so there is a hole approximately 1/4″ wide.

2) You’ll apply the glue to the back of the wood strip or plank. The first bead should be 1/2″ to 1″ from the ends of the board. Subsequent beads should not get closer than 1/2″ to 1″ from the edges of the board.

3) Each bead of glue should be 8″ to 10″ from each other. Some people like to use a “snake pattern” on the back of the boards. Make sure that the glue is not too close to the edges of the board.


DO NOT GLUE the tongues and grooves of the wood planks or strips.

Keep glue off the face of the board as well.

Use a bright plastic paint tray for a place to set down the glue gun. The bright color will make it easily identifiable. The glue will not stick to the plastic.

Keep clean rags and appropriate solvent handy to wipe up spilled glue

Wearing white-soled tennis shoes will help to prevent scuffs.

If you have any additional questions about using a glue gun to install hardwood flooring, feel free to contact us at City Floor Supply by calling (800) 737-1786 or emailing

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