Can I use the Bostitch Manual Floor Nailer MFN-200 on my 5/8′ bamboo flooring?

Q: Can I use the Bostitch Manual Floor Nailer MFN-200 on my 5/8′ bamboo flooring? It says it’s for 3/4′ floors. Or should I use one with an adjustable plate like the Powernailer? Continue reading Can I use the Bostitch Manual Floor Nailer MFN-200 on my 5/8′ bamboo flooring?

Pneumatic hardwood floor nailer leaving marks

Q: My pneumatic hardwood floor nailer sometimes leaves unsightly marks my prefinished hardwood when I am nailing it. Is there something I should put over the plate on the nailer that will prevent it from marking the hardwood? Continue reading Pneumatic hardwood floor nailer leaving marks

Cutting back the nosings

Q: I’ve taken carpet off stairs and am preparing to lay oak on treads and oak veneer on risers. I plan to leave spruce stringers and just repaint them. But I can see that when I cut back the existing nosings of about 1 3/8″ to be flush with riser there will be an ugly gap and rough edge of the existing nosing in the stringer where I cut the nosing back, which will not be fully covered by new solid oak nosing. Continue reading Cutting back the nosings

Getting boards on the straight and narrow path

Q: I am installing some new 5/8″ hard wood floors, glue down over concrete. My home has a large floor plan and a large island in the kitchen, while meeting up around the island I noticed the 2 pieces had a slight gap. Unfortunately, I noticed this after the panel was down. I would like to rip down the existing piece to continue in a straight path, and sort of hide the mistake. Do you recommend I do this with a skill saw or router with a straight edge in place as a guide? Continue reading Getting boards on the straight and narrow path

Wax product shelf life

Q: We had a very reputable flooring firm refinish our hardwood floors. I routinely wiped the floors with their cleaner. They used their own products. However, we are devastated with the end result. They put two coats of ***** ***** on the floors; they look mottled like the wax isn’t adhering in some places. I noticed that there product containers were covered with thick dust like they had been stored a long time. Continue reading Wax product shelf life

Type of sander and paper for sanding pine stair treads

Q: What is the best type of sander and what are the best grades of paper to use for sanding pine stair treads before refinishing? How can I get right to the edges of the treads? Continue reading Type of sander and paper for sanding pine stair treads