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The nails aren't going in far enough using a air cleat nailer

The nails aren't going into the hardwood flooring far enough. are we not using enough psi to drive them in ? or do we have to hit the hammer harder?

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I just finished 800 square feet of oak flooring with this nailer. You might have to increase the psi at the gun and make sure it gets a good square firm hit to set the nail. You can swing and hit the thing pretty hard, I hit it hard to set warped boards in place. I used 120 psi for best results, I tried 90 psi but had more misfires. The nail head only needs to set in far enough so the head is touching the tongue and so the next board will fit. The nail won't be buried into the tongue like you might think. If the occasional nail protrudes from the board you can use a nail set to drive the nail the rest of the way in, but I found that most of the nails didn't want to set by hand. I either clipped off the head with side cutters and folded over the remaining tab or did my best to set the nail if it wasn't long enough to clip. If it bends over really ugly, just carve a little wood from the groove lands on the next board to clear the nail stub. Removing the nails is difficult, it's best to let them be rather than risk damaging the flooring. Also, don't let the gun get down to the last nail. Sometimes if you try to fire the last nail on a strip it will twist and damage the flooring. Always keep a few nails in the gun just to be safe. Hope this helps.

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I've installed several thousand square feet of flooring with this nailer, including a lot of hickory, which is pretty hard stuff. I run the nailer between 90-100 lbs, and it sets 2" nails perfectly every time. Perfectly means the top of the nail head is flush with the inside corner of the tongue... not below nad not sticking out. If it gets to 80 lbs or lower, it'll fire, but the nail may not set all the way. I don't recommend running the pressure much higher than 100 lbs, and it shouldn't be necessary. I also don't recommend hitting the rubber cap too hard... the thing is air powered so you don't have to beat on it. You do have to hit it firmly and squarely so as not to move the nailer while it's firing, and the nailer has to be positioned properly against the board when you start. When I first purchased this nailer, I took a board a couple of feet long and did a half-dozen test fires to get the proper striking force figured out, starting lighter and working towards a harder strike. You can vary the striking force a fair amount and it'll work fine, so it's not critical... but too little and the thing won't set the nail properly, and too much and you'll prematurely wear the nailer. The nails really hold, but it's not too hard to pry up a short board nailed along only one side. Also make sure you're using Porter Cable nails. Others can be slightly thicker or thinner or be shaped a little differently, none of which are good things.

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