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Old 06-02-2012, 06:43 AM   #1
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Can anyone please tell me what type and size of nailer to use
when I install my wood flooring? It's 3/8" engineered with a
3/4" wood sub floor over what use to be an exterior wood porch.
I have a Porter Cable brad nailer and also a Paslode framing gun.
I believe the Paslode uses too big of a nail and would split the
wood. My locale stores don't rent anything different. Thanks!


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Old 06-02-2012, 07:57 AM   #2
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Your going to need a flooring stapler for flooring that thin. It shoots the staples at the proper angle.
My local Home Depot rents them.


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Old 06-03-2012, 09:33 AM   #3
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I was under the impression that engineered wood flooring doesn't require nailing...that it is a floating floor similar to laminate. I installed such a floor two years ago in a house, and didn't use a single nail. It was tongue and grove that just needed to be banged together. Maybe your stuff is different?
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:21 AM   #4
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I ran into the same problem except my flooring is custom milled 3/8" thick x 1 3/4" wide oak to match the original flooring in my 110 year old house.

I looked at a myriad of different options. I called the only local tool rental place in town. They only rent pneumatic & non-neumatic nailers for 3/4", not an option. I asked a few guys that I know in the trades and some told me that in the past they just used an 18ga brad nailer and free-handed it. That was a non-starter due to the fact that I didn't want any problems with blowouts and improperly shot brads plus it would take a LONG time to do it without guaranteed good results. I spent a good chunk of money on the flooring and didn't want to make any costly mistakes.

So, I looked some more and found that Porta-Nailer sells a pneumatic nailer that has a specially designed shoe that holds the nailer at a precise angle to shoot 18ga staples directly through the tounge. At first look I thought it was pretty pricey. After weighing the pro's and con's, I bought Porta-Nailer 461 for a little over $200.

As far as the flooring project went, it was the best $200 I have ever spent on a job specific tool!

Here's a picture of the nailer, good luck on your install whatever route you take!

After I got the pressure dialed in and tested it out on a few scrap peices I was satisfied and ready to move onto the big project. The nailer performed flawlessly. I had zero problems with it! All the staples drove properly with 0% requiring any extra help to set them to the proper depth.

On a side note, the flooring adapater is removable so the gun can be used as a regular 18ga stapler.
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