How To Use A Flooring Nailer With An Air Compressor

A flooring nailer is an essential tool for installing hardwood floors, and when paired with an air compressor, it becomes even more powerful. In this article, we will guide you through the steps on how to use a flooring nailer with an air compressor.

Step 1: Choose the right air compressor

Before using a flooring nailer with an air compressor, ensure you have the right air compressor for your project. A portable air compressor with a minimum 4.0 CFM at 90 PSI is recommended for powering a flooring nailer.

Step 2: Set up the air compressor

Attach the appropriate air fitting to the air compressor, and then connect it to the flooring nailer. Make sure the air compressor is set to the recommended air pressure for your flooring nailer. Typically, flooring nailers require a pressure of 80 to 100 PSI.

Step 3: Choose the right nails

Choose the right nails for your project and load them into the flooring nailer’s magazine. Ensure the magazine is full and properly loaded, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 4: Prepare the floor

Prepare the floor surface by sweeping and cleaning it thoroughly. Ensure the subfloor is flat and level, and any protruding nails or staples are removed.

Step 5: Position the flooring nailer

Position the flooring nailer at a 45-degree angle to the tongue of the board. Hold the nailer firmly with both hands and align the nailer’s tip with the board’s edge.

Step 6: Activate the flooring nailer

Press the trigger to activate the flooring nailer, which will drive the nail at the correct angle and depth into the subfloor. Ensure the nail is flush with the board’s surface.

Step 7: Repeat the process

Repeat the process for the next board, ensuring the nailer is positioned correctly and the nails are driven in at the right angle and depth. Keep repeating this process until the entire floor is complete.

Step 8: Adjust the air pressure If necessary

Adjust the air pressure on the air compressor to achieve the desired depth of the nail. You can increase the pressure to drive the nail deeper or decrease it to avoid overdriving the nail.


In conclusion, using a flooring nailer with an air compressor can make the installation of hardwood floors faster and more efficient. Ensure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions, wear appropriate safety gear, and take breaks as needed to rest your hands and prevent fatigue. With the right tools and techniques, you can install a beautiful hardwood floor with ease.


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