used to hand nail the last 3-4 courses with screw nails..we would use the head of a screw nail to counter set each nail before moving..It's been a long time since I hand nailed walls, but I remember it was really no big deal with unfinished stuff. Just some #6 casing nails with a little 3 in 1 squirted on them and it was not a whole lot different than driving a 16 through a 2x4, but on prefinished stuff, you'd bust it to pieces if you didn't drill first. Prefinished white oak can be awful. Rock friggen hard. I'm sure there's a logical (and probably obvious) answer. I just don't know it.
I was going to say I can feel the difference between guns as well. I use a Bostitch stapler for domestics and powernail guns for everything else.Coffee, are you a stapler or a cleat fan?
I use staples. They hold better. I also like the wider crown. It's handy for getting stuff together.
Im skeptical that it is the heat increasing the hardness.. All flooring is kiln dried first, if heat increased hardness it would increase equally on pre and un finished. The uv lights they use on prefinished is a very brief exposure.They cook the al ox finishes. Im pretty confident its the heat from the oven that does it.
No I wouldn't. I live in South Florida - home of the $1/sf tile install The South Americans and the scumbags who will hire them have almost ruined the trade I've gnarled my hands learning the right way.Dude, you would be surprised. You should see some of the "crews" running rampant over here.