Engineered floor - Finishing nailer?

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Old 07-21-08, 11:33 AM
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Engineered floor - Finishing nailer?

I'm looking to install 1/2 engineered flooring over a 1 inch plywood base on a raised landing. Total is only about 80 sq. ft.

This is kind of a longshot, but I can borrow a Paslode finishing nailer from a relative. Is it possible just to shoot 2" nails (or 1 & 1/2") for this?

Or do I have to rent the stapler?
 
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Old 07-21-08, 12:00 PM
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Do you want to shoot nails down into the floor through the face or to try and toe nail it?

Either way, I'd just rent the nailer. It'll make life a lot easier and it'll be installed right.
 
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Old 07-21-08, 02:55 PM
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Definitely toenail. Don't want nails showing.

The nail gun is angled, so it would be fairly easy to go in through the tongue. Just not sure if it would chip or otherwise deface the surface.

Anyone ever try this?

(I know, I should do it the right way .. but sometimes shortcuts work!)
 
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Old 07-22-08, 01:06 PM
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I toe nailed with my finish nailer in a few places where i couldn't fit the stapler and that was difficult and risky enough as it was. I would imagine it would take you much longer and you'd have a lot more screw-ups using the finish nailer (not getting the nail where you want it). I also think the finish nails won't be nearly as strong as the staples. Those staples hold down the floor VERY good and the head won't pull through the wood like a nail.
 
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Old 07-24-08, 08:19 AM
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Thanks ... you've convinced me. I'll be renting the stapler.

Less than 100sq ft. so I imagine the manual one should do the trick.
 
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