Porta-Nailer Instructions

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The Porta-Nailer brand flooring nailer has become the industry standard for installing hardwood flooring. Flooring used to be installed by holding each piece of flooring tight while nailing straight into the wood, using a nail set to set the nail and filling the hole with wood putty. The Porta-Nailer uses a technique called blind nailing. Nails are driven into the tongue of the flooring, making the nail invisible since the grove of the next board hides the fastener. With the advent of pre-finished flooring, more people than ever are laying their own floors. In an afternoon a homeowner can do what used to take the pros days.

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  1. 1

    Load Porta-Nail nails into the Porta-Nailer. Unhook the connector from the nail pusher, insert a stack of nails into the nail rail and reinstall the pusher and connector.

  2. 2

    Install the first two rows of flooring using a Porta-Nailer face shoe. This is necessary because there is not enough room to use the Porta-Nailer when starting the installation.

  3. 3

    Position the Porta-Nailer over the tongue on the third and subsequent rows. Use the rubber end of the hammer that is included with the Porta-Nailer to tap the flooring into place

  4. 4

    Hit the rubber cap of the Porta-Nailer with the iron side of the hammer. Strike the rubber cap hard enough to drive the nail all the way into the board and seat the nail. If the nail did not seat on the first blow, the rubber cap and ram will not return to the ready position until you hit the rubber cap again, driving the nail into the tongue and seating it. Once this is done, the ram will return to the starting position.

Tips and warnings

  • It is recommended that the Porta-Nailer be held firmly but not tightly. If the operator is relaxed and loose, the operation of the tool and the installation will be easier
  • Always wear safety glasses

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