For securing oak strip flooring, how does hand-nailing compare to using a pneumatic tool?

In a recent issue of JLC a reader asked how hand-nailing compared to pneumatic tools when installing strip flooring. While the answer might seem obvious (one is faster than the other) Howard Brickman, a wood-flooring contractor and consultant in Norwell, Mass., has a lot to offer by way of an answer. Along with his brief history of methods for installing wood flooring, Brickman offers up some insights about how to keep hand-driven nails from bending as well as the disadvantage of pneumatic finish nail gun in this application. Brickman also uses a palm nailer designed for flooring cleats, shown in the photo at left. Read More