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08:49AM | 11/25/03
Member Since: 11/24/03
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I will be laying a 3/4" x 5" tongue/groove Brazillian Cherry floor in my 16' x 20' LR. Can you tell me if I'll be able to use a manual nailer in this type of hardwood? I'm a fairly fit 45-y/o woman, if that's relevant. Thanks.


12:26PM | 11/25/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
i don't see why not...but if you use a air compesser each "hit" will be the same,that hammer gets heavy after a few hours....good luck


04:13AM | 11/26/03
Member Since: 11/24/03
3 lifetime posts
I have installed a couple of floors with the manual nailer. Like others have indicated it takes some getting us to it and the issues of not getting the nail in correctly. Especially in the last three rows where you are scared of hitting the wall with the hammer... and you will hit the wall. Trust what everyone says you will use muscles you did not know you had. The phenmatic one is a nice gentle tap.

Here is my suggestion of how you should install the floor:
Square up your room. Get your first run installed (take your time and align it right.. the rest of the room depends on the first run), predrill your holes, nail finishing nails in by hand and punch for the first run. Once this run is in place then go get your compressor and nailer this will save you about 2 or 3 hours in preperation work (I find the longest part is setting the straight line on the first edge... and all sides if you are doing boarder work). Now you can run the entire room none stop. To save even more time get another person or two to sort the wood out for the person doing the nailing remember your overlaps, and a little verification that you are not putting some very different colors together (basically orginize the wood for the nailer). They say that you can lay 450sf a day with a phenmatic if you know what you are doing (based on 2.25" wood).

Just my thoughts.


05:33AM | 11/26/03
Member Since: 11/24/03
2 lifetime posts
Carpetman, k2 & buzz99, you've all been so helpful. I will bag the manual nailer and follow the order you suggest buzz99. I do believe that the time spent squaring up the room and getting that first row down right will make all the difference. And with that approach the time I'll need to rent the pneumatic nailer and compressor will be cut in half. Thanks again all of you and Happy Thanksgiving!


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