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    Stapling hardwood flooring

    I'm thinking of buying a stapler for installing unfinished hardwood flooring. Anyone used a conventional one for this or is the "special" one for flooring a must? Narrow crown? Medium?

    Thanks,
    John

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    You'll have better luck with a regular hardwood flooring, stapler, nailer.
    They drive the joints together as you staple, nail.

    They also make air assist flooring nailers.
    I've used one. Lots nicer than the manual drive.

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    I can't discuss the virtues of staples (two legs) vs. cleats (one leg but a "head" like a staple, but I sing the praises of an air assist flooring gun. You can kick and tap but the boards will never be as even as when you hit the mallet on a flooring nailer, that tightens the board then at the right instant drives the fastener.
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    john, ask marty ......the bostich stapler is the tool of choice.....
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    Thanks for the info guys, I think I'll find a place to rent the special tool and then maybe buy a narrow crown for general use. I'm not sure I want to be the guy who owns one of those flooring nailers locally

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    John,

    A word of warning, renting an "air-assisted" flooring nailer may be a problem. It's impossible here in SE Michigan any more. Seems too many DIY'ers who know everything figured if 80 PSI is good for a nail gun, 120PSI is even better. As a result, the rental guys were rebuilding the air nailers so often, the profits were getting eaten up.

    This has resulted in a pretty good cottage industry for used air nailers. I got mine on eBay and still have it because I have more flooring in my future. But, once I get over that hurdle, I intend to sell mine to the next guy who needs to do what you are about to do.

    Of course, if you can find someone in your area that still rents these things, go for it. Just make sure the seals are good and don't over-drive the thing or you will be left high and dry in the middle of the job at the worst possible moment.

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    I'll echo the thumbs up for the Bostitch MIII-FS (stapler). The MIII-FN is the nailer. I prefer staples, as all the research I did said they hold way better than nails in a composite(OSB, Advantech, etc.) subfloor. If you have a real wood subfloor, you might want the nailer, but otherwise...staples would be my choice.

    I'll also echo what Chip says about rental places not having them. Here in Southern Georgia, all I could find for rent was 'off-brand' nailers...no Bostitch, and no staplers.

    If you can find the Bostich stapler for rent locally, got for it. If not...or if you have a non-trivial amount of flooring to install...(more than a weekend's worth), you'd be better served to find one used on e-bay. Or, buy one new and sell it on ebay or craigslist when you're done. They seem to retain their value as long as you don't abuse it.

    Good luck...
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    I second the buy and resell option.

    Here in central Texas, I could only rent the flooring nailers without air assist, and for a big price. I bought a new nailer, used it over a few weeks (I'm not as young and strong as Marty, so it took longer ), then put it on Craigs list for a price based on what I paid, less the cost of a weekend rental. It sold so quickly that I probably could have gotten more for it.
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    Thanks for the additional info, that's probably what I'll have to do. The HF throw away was tempting briefly, but I think its better in the long run to buy something re-sellable.

    John

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    JOhn,

    Based on my recent problems I had trying to install some prefinished hard wood flooring I can offer the following:

    Make sure that the wood you purchase is not an exotic hardwood. Some of those can be so hard that they become brittle and split when subjected to anything other than a pre-drilled nail.

    The pneumatic flooring nailer that I own is made by Porta Nail. I called them to ask for some advice and was told that the stapler can actually be more likely to cause tongue fracturing than a cleat-type nail due to the design and thickness of the staple vs. the nail.

    If you are always going to use domestic hardwoods, either should suit you just fine. I will say that the nail that mine uses is serrated and 'T' shaped.They should hold better than a staple. On the other had the nails are somewhat expensive.

    Check some of the manufacturers websites and don't hesitate to take a look at some of the customer reviews on Amazon.com. I have found them to be fairly decent sources of information for items like this.

    By the way, when I called Porta Nail, they registered my nailer for warranty and sent me some updated/upgraded parts and the latest version of the owners manual. In general, they were exceptional to deal with.

    Good luck with your decision and with your flooring installation.

    Greg

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