Can I use a regular nail gun to install hardwood floors?

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Yes, you can use nail gun to install hardwood floor. By using nail gun you can reduce the time and labor for the installation and you can replace the old swing a hammer technique with automated nailing. You can use certain types of nail guns to install a hardwood floor.

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Keeping this in consideration, can you use a brad nailer to install hardwood floor?

Like most of the newer floor products, you can install it floatin without glue or nails, glued down or nailed into place on plywood and other wood product subfloors. A flooring nailer is the preferred method for attaching flooring, but a brad nailer, used correctly, runs a close second.

Subsequently, question is, are staples or nails better for hardwood floors? Staples. Because each staple grips the wood with two prongs, staples provide a tighter initial grip than cleat nails. However, flooring staples are more likely to back out as wood expands and contracts, loosening the hold and increasing the risk of squeaks.

Beside above, what kind of nails should I use for hardwood flooring?

Use 1-1/2" long cleat nails when installing thinner 1/2" thick wood flooring. Use 1-3/4" long cleat nails when installing 3/4" solid wood flooring, when 3/4" thick plywood is applied directly over a concrete slab—so the cleat nail does not go through the 3/4" thick plywood, hitting the concrete.

Can you use a nail gun on laminate flooring?

Although a nail gun is unnecessary when installing laminate flooring, a hammer or mallet is required whether working with glue-together or snap-together style floors.

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How does a pneumatic floor nailer work?

When the user strikes the nailer with a mallet, it drives a nail into the flooring. A pneumatic nailer is used in the same general manner as a manual nailer; however, a pneumatic nailer uses air pressure to help force the nail through the board, which means that a pneumatic nailer requires less exertion from the user.

What is the best floor nailer?

9 Best Flooring Nailers of 2020 – Reviews & Buying Guide
Product Name PSI Rating
1. NuMax SFL618 3-in-1 Pneumatic Flooring Nailer / Stapler 70-115 4.6
2. Freeman PFL618BR 3-in-1 Pneumatic Flooring Nailer 70-110 4.6
3. Bostitch EHF1838K Hardwood Flooring Nailer 70-120 4.3
4. Freeman PDC50C 3-in-1 Flooring Nailer/Stapler 70-115 4.3

How do I choose a floor nailer?

Here's the summary: Choose a cleat nailer for very hard and brittle woods, like Brazilian cherry, Brazilian walnut, or bamboo. Choose a floor stapler for any wood that is not very brittle. Both tools are great for American hardwoods.

How do you nail the last row of hardwood floors?

Re: Best Way To Nail Last Couple Of Rows
Yes a 15 or 16 guage finish nailer. Then hold nailer at 45 degree angle to floor, shoot into tongue of flooring every 4-6 inches, repeat process until back of nailer almost touches wall. Then place the remaining rows of wood onto floor filling gap to wall (without nailing).

How far apart do you nail hardwood flooring?


Essentially, the nail pattern for installation is the spacing between nails. The width of the hardwood flooring strips that you are installing will determine whether you must put nails anywhere from four inches apart and up to ten inches apart.

Should hardwood floors go in the same direction?

Wood floors should always be laid perpendicular to floor joists—across rather that in between them. So, there is no right or wrong way to lay your wood flooring. Choosing which hardwood floor direction is more a matter of personal taste and the layout of your space.

How do I make sure my hardwood floor is straight?

A chalk line helps to make a straight edge that you can align your planks against for even, precise flooring.
  1. Pry off with a prybar any baseboard or molding from the longest wall in the room that runs perpendicular to the floor joists.
  2. Measure 12 inches in from one end of the wall.

Can I install hardwood floor parallel to joists?

Hardwood flooring must be installed perpendicular to the floor joists or on a diagonal for any single layer subfloor. To run parallel to the joists, you'll need to add a 1/2” plywood underlayment or brace every 16” between joists with a nominal 2”x 6” SPF nailed in place.

Can you use a brad nailer for tongue and groove?

Avoid brad nailers, which are nail guns that insert tiny brads into thin trim for cabinetry. A brad nailer cannot handle the larger finishing nails required for tongue-and-groove paneling. Power-actuated nail guns are too powerful for the task and are used for nailing into masonry or cement.

Do you need underlayment for hardwood?


Is underlayment necessary for hardwood floors. The short answer: usually. If you already have a plywood subfloor, and the subfloor is smooth and level, then you may not need an underlayment beneath the hardwood floor.

Do hardwood floors need to be nailed?

Solid hardwood floors must be fixed into position by either gluing or nailing down to the subfloor. Engineered hardwood floors can be glued or nailed into position, but they also have the option of being floated over an underlay.

What is the best hardwood floor underlayment?

What Underlayment is Best for Wood? When installing hardwood or engineered wood flooring, the best underlay options are cork and foam. However, foam does have more give than cork so, while it is the more popular option, we recommend cork.

Do you nail through the tongue or groove?

The traditional method of nailing hardwood tongue and groove flooring is to drive nails at an angle through the tongue of a plank and into the subfloor below, but this is time-consuming and can result in poorly inserted nails.

What tools are needed to install hardwood floors?

All Tools Needed for Installing Hardwood Flooring
  • Tape Measure.
  • Broom.
  • Chalkline.
  • Jamb Saw.
  • Drill.
  • Drill Bits.
  • Hammer.
  • Nail Set.

How do you nail the first row of hardwood floors?


Begin by selecting a long board to start the first row. Pick one that is straight. Align the edge of the board with the chalk line and drill pilot holes down through the hardwood plank and into the sub-floor and joist. Face-nail each board at the point of every joist and set the nail with a nail-set.

Can you use brad nails for hardwood flooring?

Like most of the newer floor products, you can install it floatin without glue or nails, glued down or nailed into place on plywood and other wood product subfloors. A flooring nailer is the preferred method for attaching flooring, but a brad nailer, used correctly, runs a close second.

What kind of nails do you use for tongue and groove?

Common gauges for nails used in tongue and groove installation include 15, 16, 17 and 18. The gauge of a nail has nothing to do with its length. As such, it's possible to use 15-gauge nails with lengths of 1 inch, 1.5 inches or 2 inches.