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How to adjust the nailer, flooring is 5/8",so the cleats sit where it should be? How to avoid splitting the tongue on the wood?

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You must put an in-line regulator at the inlet for the gun. Turn your preasure to 90 psi and use a sample board to get the fine tune adjustment at the gun. Turning down the air preasure will reduce the amount of force the anvil hits the nail with.

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Nail won't set to allow tongue to enter groove

Your nailer has variable sized plates /shoes bolted to the bottom. I believe that there are about three different thickness available. Take a look at the link below for a parts list showing the sizes available. For a quick fix to drive the cleat deeper, use a thinner bumper below the head of where you strike the nailer. If you manually push down the striker, you can see how much of the driver comes out the bottom. The bumper below the head (black rubber washer) cushions the striker against the body of the nailer. A thinner bumper (you must be creative here) will allow the driver to extend out slightly more. Good luck with your flooring projects.


May 30, 2011 | Stanley Bostitch MFN201 Factory...

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What is the correct way to place the nails into the gun? This gun uses both cleats and staples. I am using cleats but it does not seem to be working. I may be putting the cleats in wrong.

If you have a Bostitch MIII FN it is only for cleats. Bostitch doesn't make a universal nailer that takes staples and cleats. The MIIIFN is the "floor nailer" and the Model MIIIFS is the "floor stapler"
Maybe check exactly what model you have and ensure you are not trying to put cleats into a stapler.

Oct 17, 2010 | Stanley Bostitch MIIIFN Flooring Nailers

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I rented a bostitch MIIIFN to install bamboo hardwood flooring. The nailer is splitting the tongue of the wood. Is there some type of adjustment that I can do to stop the splitting?

you do not use nails to install bamboo floor! EVER!

bamboo flooring is installed on glue alone, and then some weight is put on the top to keep it down while glue is binding. this usually takes about 12 to 24h, depending on climate, temperature and humidity.

if these are standard board, they are 6' long and between 4" and 6" wide, depending on manufacturer. all ends indexed (tongue and grove) and pre-finished.

bamboo is a grass, but because of glue used in it's construction (formaldehyde) it makes it very hard, even harder than ironbark, in jenkins scale, bamboo floorboards are between 13 and 15 (pine is about 4.5, oak about 10 in this same scale)

bamboo expand as well with humidity, and you need to leave 10mm free space along the walls to allow for that expansion. this space is normally convered by skirting. skirting is usually about 19mm thick, therefore gap between 10mm and 15mm is ok.

if running board is longer than 13m, you need to leave expansion joint on it as well.

if you are installing directly on the concrete, do not forget about moisture barrier, if this is on already existing wood floor or cork, moisture barrier is not necessary, but you need to remove old paint from subfloor (sand it to "bare" wood) to allow better glue adhesion.

if you are installing bamboo over the bearers, then use some sort of subfloor and glue bamboo on the top of it. you cannot just stick bamboo to the bearers, bamboo is too thin (15mm) for that


you use glue and sparringly pin-nails on bamboo skirtboard (even pin-nail tend to explode them...).

i hope that this short explanation will help you, it will be better actually if you ask some professional floor shop in your area how to do that...

if you are happy with my advice, please do not hesitate to leave your comments or vote (or both...) for me, thanx!

Aug 03, 2010 | Stanley Bostitch MIIIFN Flooring Nailers

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The staples are not going deep enough into our hardwood. We tried a different nailer as well, and the cleats wouldn't work either. Tried both 1 1/2" and 2" staples and cleats. We're installing 3/4 inch oak...

The working pressure of this tool is 85 - 90 PSI max. Do not over power it or you risk O-ring breakage. These guns are adjustable for floor thickness. The adjustment is simply by adding and removing shims on the floor contact part of the tool. For 3/4" the pad should be 5/16" thick without shims

Jan 03, 2010 | Stanley Bostitch MIIIFN Flooring Nailers

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I am using a Bostitch MFN200 Manual Flooring Nailer and we are having some trouble with it. The cleats go almost all the way into the floor board but are still sticking up about an inch out of the board....

2 things come to mind. I've installed Wood Floors for the last 5 years.

Make sure you have enough Air pressure running to the stapler,
and Second, Whack the hell out of it. You can be rough with it. Their designed to take a beating

When u hit it with the mallet, youre opening a valve which shoots the piston and drives the staple into the boards. hit it not hard enough, not enough air is being sent to the piston to drive it fully.

Aug 02, 2009 | Stanley Bostitch Industrial Manual...

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SENCO SHF 50 floor nailer won't consistently sink cleats

Some Senco tools reqire oil.  there is oil specially designed for tools. 

Aug 01, 2009 | Senco SHF50 2" Hardwood Flooring Nailer...

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Question regarding Bostitch MIIIFN or MIIIFS

Read the warranty for Woven Strand Bamboo floors. I think you find this is the wrong tool. You`ll probably find that you need an 18ga 1/4" crown, so it don`t split!

May 02, 2009 | Stanley Bostitch MIIIFN Flooring Nailers

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5/8 flooring nailer

the base plate may be shimmed, but that unit was designed for 1/2" and 3/4" however, the Bostitch MFN201 Manual Flooring Cleat Nailer Kit will install 1/2"- 5/8" & 3/4"

Feb 17, 2009 | Stanley Bostitch MIIIFN Flooring Nailers

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