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I want to nail my floor, but I don't want to rent a nailer, can I use finishing?

I want to nail my floor, but I don't want to rent a nailer, can I use finishing?

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Old 07-24-08, 02:13 PM
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I want to nail my floor, but I don't want to rent a nailer, can I use finishing?

I just cut and laid out some oak flooring in my hallway. It is the 3/4 inch red oak flooring. I don't want to rent a nailer because the footage is so small. Can I just use finishing nails, nailed at an angle just like the flooring nails are nailed, into the tongue and driven home with a punch. I know the proper way to do the rest of the nailing, just wondering what is the best nails for this small area.

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Old 07-24-08, 02:56 PM
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No, finish nails are not strong enough. Get the nailer...it should only cost you about $40 to rent the nailer and compressor.
 
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Glue it with some Bostick's Best.
 
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I've done my office [small], foyer and a walk in closet in my house using my 16 gauge finish nailer years ago and it has held up fine. Use a scrap piece as a block so you can take a hammer and set them tight before you shoot the nails. I did face nail every so often just to be safe.

Just realized you were planning to hand nail them - I'd be worried about splitting the wood
 
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Old 07-24-08, 07:23 PM
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I was going to hand nail them and pre-drill the nail holes, because it is a hallway, the existing rooms already have hardwood, so at all the areas that will butt, I have to face nail and that leaves only about 20 sq ft of wood to toenail, that's why I figured save the cash and not get the nailer and do em by hand
 
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