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Can I use a regular finish nailer (Dewalt 51275) to install tongue and groove flooring or do have to rent a flooring nailer? Isn't it all about getting the nail in at a 45 degree angle?

Your nail gun's safety mechanism may not allow you to nail where you want and at the angle you want. That said, this is a case of the right tool for the job. A Dewalt 51275 is not the right tool for this job – a floor stapler like the Bostitch Mark III FS is. They are available from rental stores (Home Depot, DIY, Nations Rent, Lowes, etc). It uses a 2 inch long 1/2" wide 15 gauge staple.

Your gun – is great for light work and trim, but not installing hardwood flooring.

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