If you are laying 3/4" solid hardwood, suggest you rent a pneumatic flooring
stapler. It does two things for you: 1) it automatically drives the
staples in at the correct angle just above the tongue, and 2) when you whack
it with the mallet, it drives the boards tightly together. No way can you
do the latter with an ordinary air nailer. I laid a kitchen floor, and can
tell you that even with the top of the line flooring (Robbins), the boards
are not straight. There will be some bow (is that the word for side to side
curve?). As an added bonus, you can move very quickly across the row of
boards with a pneumatic floor stapler. Whack - whack - whack and you're
done. I rented one for $50/day. Needed it two days to do 400 square feet.
(I had a lot of trim work). You could buy one for about $400 and then try
to unload it on ebay when you're done. If you live in central Alabama, I'll
give you 3/4 of a box of 2" staples. You can only buy then in boxes of
5,000 for about $45.
You will need that nail gun when you get close to the walls. Also, I
would never do it without a flooring stapler either and be sure to get
the pneumatic one too. I did 800 sqf in a long weekend, it took my hand
the better part of the next week to feel normal. I had my wife and kids
involved too. If I did it again, I think I would just buy one so I
didn't have to work so damn hard. I did not like the the manual stapler.
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