Ok To Nail Down Wood Flooring With A Finish Nailer?

 
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Old 05-07-2008, 12:07 PM   #1
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Ok To Nail Down Wood Flooring With A Finish Nailer?


as opposed to a flooring stapler?
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Old 05-07-2008, 12:41 PM   #2
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as opposed to a flooring stapler?
Is this solid, 3/4" wood flooring or 1/4"engineered or ..........


Your best bet would to check the manufacturers specs. on nailing.

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Are you asking about staples vs cleats? Or are are thinking about hand or gun nailing the entire floor- that doesn't work very well.
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3/4 brazillian cherry

...and yeah nailing with a finish nailer...
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ive never laid brazilian cherry flooring before, but i know its not recommended with oak. although i have used a regular nailer in tight spots that couldnt be nailed with the floor gun, and even face nailed the sides. but it seemed a bit spongy in them areas when walked on. ive also had the opportunity to rip some flooring up that was "just nailed", practically fell off the floor.

IMO, if this is the only floor your gonna lay, rent the tool, and if you plan to do more, buy it.
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ive never laid brazilian cherry flooring before, but i know its not recommended with oak. although i have used a regular nailer in tight spots that couldnt be nailed with the floor gun, and even face nailed the sides. but it seemed a bit spongy in them areas when walked on. ive also had the opportunity to rip some flooring up that was "just nailed", practically fell off the floor.

IMO, if this is the only floor your gonna lay, rent the tool, and if you plan to do more, buy it.
Agreed! The floor nailer does more than nail it. It nails at the perfect spot, at the perfect angle, and gives the board one last wack for a nice tight fit.
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Never install Hwd floors using only a 15 gauge nailer. Use them for the start and finish, but for the main lay always use the proper stapler/cleat nailer.

Brazilian cherry is pretty hard wood but staples work perfect with it. For the harder woods I use a cleat nailer as it doesn't split the tongues as bad.
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Never install Hwd floors using only a 15 gauge nailer. I'd bet he's talking about 16ga or maybe even 18ga!
Use them for the start and finish, but for the main lay always use the proper stapler/cleat nailer.

Brazilian cherry is pretty hard wood but staples work perfect with it. For the harder woods I use a cleat nailer as it doesn't split the tongues as bad.
OP,
Look at one of the T nails
for a cleat nailer,
then look a one for your
finish nailer.
That should answer your question.

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