How to Install Nails in a Hardwood Floor

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Installing nails in a hardwood floor is something that you have to do while making sure the nails don't bend. Install nails in a hardwood floor with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Good day, everyone. I'm Joshua Clement. Today, I'm going to talk to you about how to nail hardwood flooring. When nailing in hardwood flooring, the problem is that wood is extremely hard so you have to make sure that your nails don't bend and end up scratching the surface of your wood. For this job I'm going to be using a battery powered drill with an eighth inch bit, a hammer and some ring shank nails. So since this wood is so hard we're going to be predrilling our holes for our nails. A lot of times they end up using an air compressor gun to shoot these in so you don't have to do it that way but if you are hand driving them, the best idea is to go ahead and predrill your holes. So we've chosen a bit that is just a little bit smaller than the shaft of our nail, that way we can get in there without bending our nail. So we'll sit it on our wood right above the groove and hold it at about a 45 degree angle. Then we will go ahead and tap it in there. Now you only want to go through the flooring itself, you don't want to go into the under flooring because that's what's going to hold your floor down and tight in place. Next we're going to grab our ring shank nails. The reason you us ea ring shank nail is because after it's driven down into the wood, those rings across the nail help to keep it tight into place and keep your floor from squeaking. So we'll go ahead, set the nail in place and drive it in. Being able to drive your nails in by hand especially for your hardwood flooring can save you a lot of time because the guns that they sell for this hardwood flooring are rather expensive then you also need an air compressor on top of that. Thank you all for watching and good luck with this project.

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