Before using the Pneumatic Finish Nailer, refer to the Pneumatic Finish Nailer instruction manual so you can safely operate this power tool. For the first row you will be top nailing first, then blind nailing soon after. We recommend using the Pneumatic Porter Cable® Finish Nailer with the 16
Top nail at a 90 degree angle to the wood.
gauge 2” galvanized finish nails. Set the pressure on the air compressor to about 75 psi and hold the nailer at a 90 degree angle to the wood so you are shooting the nail directly through the top of the board. Each nail should be placed 1/2” from the groove side edge and spaced 6-8” apart to prevent squeaking. Also, place the nails 1-3” from the ends of the board. Later on you will fill these holes in with wood putty.
Now that the first row is fastened through top nailing, you can secure it even better by blind nailing. It is imperative that this board stays in place. Set the pressure on the air compressor to about 110 psi for blind nailing and hold the nailer at a 45 degree angle to the tongue of the board. Try to
center the head of the nailer so the nail will be injected right into the spot above the tongue of the board. If the nailer is held too low, the nail will be embedded directly into the tongue of the board which may cause the tongue to crack. It is even worse to hold the nailer too high as this can cause the nail to nick the top of the hardwood and slightly damage it. With experience you will get a better feel for how to shoot these nails into the right spot. Space these nails 1-3” from the ends of the board and space each nail 6-8” apart just as you did while top nailing (if you wish, you can stagger the nails while top nailing and blind nailing to fasten the boards down even more effectively). Congratulations! You have now installed your very first row. Now that the initial row is in place, we can discuss some useful tips for installing the rest of your hardwood floor.