floor nailer question


Old 04-08-08, 12:37 AM
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floor nailer question

I plan to install hardwood floor in my living room and I am newbie. I'm wondering if anybody has used the Stanley Bostitch Manual Flooring Cleat Nailer shown in the page, http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...ctId=100095730

I'd like to buy one instead of renting, cause I'd like to take the time instead of hurrying. Can I go with the factory reconditioned nailer. It's a lot cheaper than the brand new.

My other question is do I also need to finish nailer? I saw in the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a56j...eature=related
the guy was use a finish nailer for the first row.

appreciate for any help.
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Old 04-08-08, 05:00 AM
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Using a nailer vs a hammer is the only way to go - be it a manual one or pneumatic one. Buying a reconditioned unit or a used one is a cost effective direction to take for the DIYer who won't be using one daily for multiple projects.

A finish nailer is nice for face nailing the initial/last rows that a floor nailer won't reach (about the first/last 4 rows) - but using a hammer/finishing nails/nail set works just as well (pre-drill the nail holes to avoid splitting the wood).

I used to buy specialty tools for projects then sell them on E-bay when I was done - and have usually recouped my initial cost - or come close. Now I just convince Momma that I might need it again one day and store it with the rest of my tools...

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