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Old 03-06-2015, 09:38 AM   #1
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installing hardwood flooring with hand tools?


we are going to be installing about 170sqft of hardwood flooring in a remote location.
I know, I know - The Right Tools For the Job. But I don't really want to buy a stapler/nailer for just one job and I don't want to drive hours to rent and return one.

is it reasonable -- the extra time required aside - to install an entire room of hw flooring with hand tools? hammer, nails and (OK, a power) drill for pre-drilling pilot holes for the nails?
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Old 03-06-2015, 10:06 AM   #2
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Do you have the flooring already? You can can get a floating floor or you can even glue down instead of nailing.
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I have the flooring. Got a deal (famous last words? maybe.) on 170sqft of remaindered 3/4" x about 3" oak @ 0.65c / sqft. ($110 total) an offer I couldn't refuse. Nice stuff.
so you can see why renting a nailer would more than double the cost of the install.
but if I have to, I will.
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There were wood floors long before there were flooring nailers.
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170 ft sq is not much to install for many.
The main thing is pre drilling the flooring and getting it tight to the previous board.
Do you have electricity where you'd be doing this?
A battery operated drill may help…and a nail set.
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exactly, if I was doing 1500 sqft, it would be another matter, but it's just one room at this point.
and yes, there's power and I have a good cordless drill and a nail set (or as another post suggested, a cold chisel)
and as that other post also noted, a lot of flooring was installed before the advent of the pneumatic nail/staple gun.
I think I can do it. when I installed some cork flooring I used a scrap piece that I could whack with a hammer to set the good pieces snugly in place.
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No problem just watch the angle of the nail thru the tongue to make sure the next piece will fit tight.
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Another thought is to set the flooring inside (open the boxes and spread it out a little) to acclimate it to the indoors where it will be installed.
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