Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Hardwood Flooring (but had no idea you had to ask)
The guys over at OneProjectCloser have put together a mega-mondo-eXtreme-BigBubba-Uber-Darth Vader compendium on how to install hardwood flooring. We checked it out and it seems to us that they've got all the bases covered. They even talk about the crucial (but often ignored) step of acclimating the wood before install. We can't tell you how may floors we've seen open up because of people ignoring this step.
So if you've got a hardwood floor install in your future, go and bookmark that puppy for later reference.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at April 21, 2011 11:58 AM
I've heard good things about the Ramsond which is probably the same as the HF model. I own a Porter Cable FCN200, great nailer, but it's not cheap and has gone up significantly in price since I purchased it.
I'll second the Harbor Freight model recommendation, adding that the only trick with this model is to add a few drops of oil to the disconnect with every staple or nail load, otherwise jams are going to happen. Other than that, it is a great tool. You can wait until it is on sale, which seems to be often, then find one of the ubiquitous 20% coupons to save even more.
If you need a good, cheap hardwood floor nailer, use the floor nailer from Harbor Freight. Works great, costs $150 and if you are doing a huge job it easily pays for itself considering a nailer costs $50 a day to rent from Home Depot or $500 if you buy it from them.
I agree thats one hell of a guide. I had to put a prefinish hardwood down on a balloon framed home with old steam radiators that couldnt be moved, used plenty of shingles to fill in low spots,not fun.