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Cleats will not go in all the way and the nailer seems to bounce too much. We are trying to install unfinished pine tongue and groove. Please help!

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You may have too long of a cleat, also check your psi on the compressor. you should have 90 psi and ajust from there

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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.


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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"
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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...


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