The Flooring Nailer


    If there is enough room it is now time to use my favorite tool, the flooring nailer!  Before using this tool, refer to its instruction manual and take the necessary safety pre-cautions.   Firmly place the nailer against the plank you are installing and, with the heavy rubber mallet,

strike the plunger to drive the nails into the tongue of the planks of wood.  As you proceed installing the floor with this nailer, you will see how useful and convenient this nailer is with hardwood floor installation by helping you to move quickly and efficiently with as little gaps and spaces between boards as possible.  Many of the boards you use will be crooked or bowed.  In most cases and if struck hard enough, the flooring nailer is powerful enough to cinch up the gaps and fix this problem although there are some exceptions (see Chapter 5- Problems You May Encounter). 

Note:  At first you will likely feel uncomfortable striking the nailer with the heavy rubber mallet.  Don’t worry because this is normal!  It takes practice and experience before you can comfortably use this powerful nailer.  It also takes a lot of strength and accuracy to hit the plunger just right to drive the nail completely into the wood.  Although it is frustrating at first, if you stick with it you will soon come to fully enjoy and appreciate using this wonderful tool.  Practice makes perfect!  

   If you don’t strike the plunger hard enough with the rubber mallet (which is very common for beginners), the nail will not inject into the wood completely.  Protruding nails either need to be cut off or hammered in with the nail set.  Chapter 5 explains how to best deal with protruding nails.


Note:  Some people don’t use the flooring nailer and instead choose to use the Pneumatic Finish Nailer on the entire floor.  This is entirely up to you but we highly recommend using the flooring nailer as it is most effective with cinching boards together.