Hardwood Flooring Tools
are very different today than they ever used to be. In the Old Days Hardwood was being nailed by hand,using cut nails..as described by the black and white picture on the right. I can only imagine how difficult, hard, and imprecise a job that might have been. Think how many times you would miss, and how many dents and bent nails…or sore thumbs..Ouchh!!
Nowadays we have some of the best equipment, powernailers, compressors, air hoses and lots of great choices in fasteners. In this brief article we are going to give you some simple tips and most of all explain some of the choices available to the modern contractor. When you look at the choices we list, everything is there. You can buy with confidence from Amazon.
Flooring Nail Guns
can be manual or pneumatic. They are designed to sit on the wood & drive nails into it. These tools grip the edge of wooden boards & can fire staples & cleats at high speeds into hard, soft & engineered (laminated) wood. Nailer Guns are specialized tools & there are many on offer from a variety of manufacturers.
Manual Floor Nailer
Pneumatic Floor Nailer
Ramsond RMM4 2-in-1 Air Hardwood Flooring Cleat Nailer and Stapler Gun
and here are some other possible choices
Staples or Nails
Most installers prefer staples to nails. I do too. Nails only offer one anchor point, while staples offer two. But more than that, staples have a unique ability to twist as they enter the wood, creating a locking feature between the two legs..try removing a board that was stapled, and you will see it is not that easy. And this brings me to my next point.. You really need a solid subfloor for the fastener to grab, and hold the floor in place without any squeek or movement. Here you can see some of the many choices available..
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