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Old 01-31-2016, 03:57 PM   #1
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HELLO GUYS!

Just a quick question, I was wondering if you can install hardwood flooring (tongue and groove) using an air brad nailer/stapler instead of the nailer you rent or buy that you hit with a hammer to drive the nails with?
I have a section of flooring to do and I already have several air Nailers, including the smaller Brad nail or stapler style, and it would save me renting or buying the other style, Thanks!
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HELLO GUYS!

Just a quick question, I was wondering if you can install hardwood flooring (tongue and groove) using an air brad nailer/stapler instead of the nailer you rent or buy that you hit with a hammer to drive the nails with?
I have a section of flooring to do and I already have several air Nailers, including the smaller Brad nail or stapler style, and it would save me renting or buying the other style, Thanks!
I wouldn't , the only time I would use the small brad would be where the normal flooring nailer won't get close enough to the wall.
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Ok Thanks! Guess I will bite the bullet
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A brad nailer is to small a gauge, has no head, not going to work.
You can rent a real flooring gun from Home Depot, buy a cheap one at Northern Tool, or a used one on Craig's list.
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Old 01-31-2016, 06:21 PM   #5
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I will probably end up buying, I have air Nailers that's shoot brads, roofing Nailers and a framing nailer, might as well complete the collection of tools I will only ever use once, lol
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Biting the bulet would be using the wrong nailer and having to pull everything up and replace it!! So to make things clear for you, here is how the flooring nailers work as opposed to others. Your Brad nailer will drive a brad....as you have many times before...but if you have a SPACE between the two pieces of wood, it will not pull them together. The flooring nailer gets set hard against the piece of wood being nailed. The whack with the mallet drives the floor boards tonight against each other and then pins them there with a nail/staple/whatever. Same with a framing nailer. If you want to pull a couple of studs together, you shoot the nail....and then wha k the crap out of the head to pull the pieces together. A different sequence than the flooring nailer....but the same idea. Ron
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Any tips on installing 3/4" Jatoba? I'm only putting down about 150 Sq Ft, using 3/4" plywood underneath then Jatoba, the only negative thing I have heard is its hard on blades because it's so hard. Any input good or bad is welcome, Thanks!!
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advice on filling sunken living room 15x21x11 to at same level with rest of house
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One thing overlooked about floor nailers is by the very nature you use it, it forces the plank tight against the one next to it. You will find out what I mean when you get close to the edge and the nailer won't fit. It's hard to get those planks tight.

I have the HF one and it worked just fine.

If you lived in my area I'd loan it to you.
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