Pnematic vs. Manual Nailer on Hardwood (Hickory)

Discussion in 'Hardwood and Laminates Q&A' started by Kevlax2, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    Looking real nice. :good:
  2. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Administwative Asst. Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    It looks good!

    Now about your work habits!!!!:(

    Ditch the table, things will fall off and ding your new floor. Put a layer of cardboard down and carefully place all tools neatly on this cardboard. Put your compressor and hose on the new floor (cardboard under) working like the pictures show you will trip and damage the new flooring, maybe even injuring yourself. Please don't ask how I know.:rolleyes:
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  3. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    I would have sanded Floor to get to solid even plane to minimize vertical movement. Not sure what/if that paper is ok between substrate and finish Floor. Is it just Kraft paper?
  4. Dan Schultz

    Dan Schultz Certified Wood Floor Inspector Charter Member

  5. Chris Mha

    Chris Mha Charter Member Senior Member

    That is red rosin paper and it is not a good felt paper to use. Rosin paper will actually attract moisture. Roofing felt will repel it.
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  6. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Dan, what’s your take on flush integrated registers? Are there removable flush ones available?
  7. Dan Schultz

    Dan Schultz Certified Wood Floor Inspector Charter Member

    In my opinion, flush mount registers look much better. They look more like part of the floor. Check the link above.
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  8. Kevlax2

    Kevlax2 Member

    No worries - ditched the table after the picture. The tools were from the prep stage. Also the new floor is covered with cardboard (I didn't have empty boxes yet when I took the photo, and needed to send the boss (wife) a picture...she is abroad at the moment.).
    I agree. These drop in ones are already ordered and I will stain to match.
    WELLAND 4 Inch x 10 Inch Hickory Hardwood Vent Floor Register Self Rimming Unfinished on Amazon
    I wanted to do the flush registers (I think they look really sharp) but started thinking/researching them when I reached the registers on row 2...and with a full weekend day in front of me, and facing time constraints while family is away, I decided to go with drop ins and keep moving. Does anyone make drop-in flush registers? Could use an oscillating tool later to cut out a larger insert for the flush mounts...I will certainly use them in the next room I do. In this room, 1 of the registers will be covered by a piece of furniture.
    The house is 30 years old. I piloted and drove (hundreds) of screws through the subfloor into joists at 6" intervals (between the existing nails, which I re-hammered) in the entire room as part of the prep. Room seemed level enough...
    This is a second floor (above a finished, heated basement) in a climate controlled NE house...we don't let the humidity get too high or it really going to matter that much?
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2017
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  9. Dan Schultz

    Dan Schultz Certified Wood Floor Inspector Charter Member

    From All American's web page:

    "Flush models nestle into a wood frame manufactured to fit the duct opening and installed along with new flooring or are retrofit into an existing floor."

    "The frame is nailed into place, while the register unit itself can be lifted out for cleaning. The floor vent face is flush with the floor surface and can be equipped with an optional damper whose airflow control thumbwheel is recessed to make sweeping and vacuuming easy."

    If I remember correctly, they also have a jig, or template for cutting the floor for installation into existing.

    Can't really tell from your pictures, but you may want to make up a test panel out of a small scrap of plywood and a couple of boards for cutting in a register. Here you could also practice beveling and staining/finishing the cut edges of the factory finished flooring.

    First one done on the floor would be the one covered by the furniture you mentioned.
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  10. Kevlax2

    Kevlax2 Member

    I stained the drop in registers last night. I think they will look good enough. One won't be visible anyway. Will go for the flush mounts when I do the next room. Will have this project wrapped up over the weekend. IMG_1982.JPG
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  11. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    Nice job staining, I like the color a lot.
  12. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Fancy schmancy, rock on!

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