Finish nailer to install hardwood?

tombobOctober 15, 2013

I have a small, 32 sq. ft half bathroom in which I am planning on installing hardwood flooring. In that limited space, swinging a mallet and maneuvering an air flooring hammer seems like it might be a chore without smudging and banging up the walls.

My question: can I use my Bostitch finish nailer to put down the floor with 18 gauge 2" stick nails? face nailing the first and last rows and then blind nailing the rest?

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glennsfc

Any port in a storm...it'd work, in my opinion.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 11:27PM
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kabir

Nail it on the tongue of wood using finish nailer. It works perfect.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 12:18AM
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lazy_gardens

Anyone using a floor nailer ends up using a finish nailer for the first and last few rows. I used nothing but the finish nailer for a small bathroom.

I place the end of the finish nailer on the subfloor or rest it on the tongue, tip it 30-45 degrees and aim the nailing end towards the angle between tongue and top of board.

Set the drive to set the nails lower than usual, because you won't be in contact with the wood. I only had to use the nail set on one or two nails.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 5:58PM
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weedyacres

What kabir and lazy said. Easy peasy.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 8:25PM
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gregmills_gw

Are you doing 3/4" ? I dont know about the other guys' on here opinion on this but would a 16gauge nail be better than an 18 For 3/4"?

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 12:21AM
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millworkman

I would agree with gregmills as 18 gu may be a little on the light side for 3/4" thick hardwood.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 8:34AM
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lazy_gardens

I used .... 2" 16-gauge finishing nails about 6 inches apart.

For extra security you could also blind nail the short tongue as you lay each row, but that's probably overkill.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 9:42AM
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