Hardwood floor cleats - what am I doing wrong?


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Old 12-08-11, 07:31 PM
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Hardwood floor cleats - what am I doing wrong?

I rented a nailer from Ace... I'm using 2" "L" shaped cleats for 3/4" solid oak over a 3/4 T&G plywood subfloor. I had the pressure ranging from 70-95 psi (manufacturer recommends 70-90). I could not get a single cleat to seat properly. Most were at least an inch high, some drove all the way in, but were still 1/8" too high. What am I doing wrong??
 
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Old 12-09-11, 03:38 AM
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On your compressor what is your OUTLET pressure with the hose dead ended? THAT is the pressure you are needing, not the tank pressure. You must dead end the hose in order to adjust the OUTLET pressure. How much volume is in the tank? 2 gallon 26 gallon?? If you have too small a compressor, it can't keep up with the nailer in all probability.
 
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Old 12-09-11, 06:45 AM
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Big nailers also have recoil. I've never used a flooring nailer but I know my framing nailer has to be held tight to the wood against the recoil or it will leave the nail proud of the work.
 
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Old 12-09-11, 09:14 AM
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Mitch, you hit the head of a flooring nailer with a rubber hammer. On the mechanical ones you have to hit it fairly hard, not so much for the pneumatic ones but still enough that I wouldn't think that kick back would be much of an issue.

The first thing I'd do is raise the psi and see if it does better.
 
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Old 12-09-11, 10:05 AM
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Thanks, Mark.

Ignore my previous post
 
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I rented a nailer from Ace...


Rental tools are rarely in the best working order.

It sounds like an internal seal, in the tool.
 
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Old 12-11-11, 03:11 AM
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I agree with tool condition as well. Once you get the outlet pressure set, if it still does it, return the gun. I was tired of renting them, and our flooring installation was somewhat increasing, so I decided to buy one. Went to a local rental company and he told me the Bostitches he had stayed in the shop more than they did in the field. Abuse, probably, poor oiling, probably, failed seals, probably. Figured to buy a new one after that report.
 
 

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