How to Install Flooring Using a Pneumatic Nail Gun

An air-powered nail gun can make installing hardwood or laminate flooring much easier and quicker.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionWhen setting up the flooring nailer, place the shoe plate along the tongue of the plank and make sure it rests flat on the wood.
Firing the nailer
To nail down a board, place the shoe plate of the flooring nailer along the tongue of the plank. Make sure the flooring nailer rests flat on the wood. The exposed knob, which should be facing you, is called the driver head.

Using mild strength, strike the driver head with the rubber mallet. This causes the nailer to shoot a nail into floor. Some pneumatic floor nailers use staples and some use L or T-shaped cleats. The cleats require more air pressure than the staples or the nails because the staples and the nails are often thinner. Before starting on the actual floor, test the air pressure by driving a few nails on a scrap piece.