When it comes to DIY, and even for professional use, a hardwood floor nailer will make your home improvement a lot easier, and give you a much smarter job in the end. It is actually the only tool that’s known to effectively nail down hardwood floors. It sits on the wood and positions itself in such a way that the nail will always go into the right place. It also makes laying of hardwood floors much faster. It works hand in hand with an air compressor. The air in the compressor is driven out at high pressure and is the one that delivers the nail so effectively inside the hardwood.
Compressed air is driven into the tool chamber at high speed – about 90 pounds for every square inch of power. The air will then push a plate downwards and the plate pushes the nail out and into the wood. You’ll feel a slight ricochet so a steady hand is important.
As you can see, it’s an extremely useful tool but can also be very dangerous if used incorrectly. The nail comes out of the hardwood floor nailer at a really high speed and if it went into an untended place would cause lots of damage. That’s why it’s important that you learn all the necessary steps required to operate it successfully.
You will need to get the following tools in order to do your floor laying properly.
- Hardwood planks
- The hardwood floor nailer
- Face nailing shoes (if you don’t have a compressor)
- Mallet or hammer with rubber head (if you don’t have an air compressor)
- Some putty
Here is what you need to do:
- Lay out your planks. You will be starting at a corner that’s along the wall. Get a plank and lay it our where you intend for it to go, with the plain side facing the wall. The tongue side is where the nails will go. Make sure its straight and aligned properly – it will determine how the other planks will sit. Once you get it right, get the others and fit them in, all the while making sure that you have laid them out correctly. Once you place the nailer on, you will notice that it goes into the tongue.
- Press the trigger and release the nail, remembering to keep a steady hand for the bounce-back. Measure 16 inches from the first nail and similarly fire another nail into the plank. Keep going with the same measurements between nails all the way down the plank.
- Lay on the next plank and do the same. Because of the way it’s made, you will notice that there are hardly any scratches on the plank from the hardwood floor nailer.
There are some cases where you may get a hardwood floor nailer, but not the compressor. This is where you will use your rubber headed hammer or mallet, but you are not guaranteed of such a swift and clean job as if you had an air compressor. There are many places where you can hire both. Since they are easy to use and you won’t need them for long, it will probably not cost you much. These are a good option.