March 31, 2015 : How To Choose The Correct Screw For Your Project

How To Choose The Correct Screw For Your Project

Collated screws from Senco, Quik Drive and other manufacturers come in several shapes and sizes - each intended for a specific use. Every collated screw is designed to fulfill its own niche application. Find out which screw is right for you when you enter the Nail Gun Network.
 
How To Choose A Screw 
Just like you would classify a nail, a screw can be broken down by its head, thread and tip. Screws can be divided down further by coating, material and color. Considering this, here's a break down of typical screw features based on the application of its intended use.
 

Drywall

Drywall screws need to provide enough holding power to keep drywall board firmly in its place, but don't necessarily need the same rigidity and coating as a screw that would be used for an exterior application. Most drywall screws will have a bugle head with a Phillips drive. The bugle head allows the screw to sink flesh with the drywall board surface. The thread and tip will determine the type of material the drywall board is being fastened to. For drywall to wood screws, a sharp point tip paired with coarse threads is relatively common. For drywall to steel, a drill point tip is more common.
 
Senco Drywall Screw Diagram 

Decking

For an exterior application, such as decking, screws need to not only provide the appropriate holding power - they also need to be durable enough to stand up to the outside elements indefinitely. Collated deck screws from Senco or Quik Drive generally feature a square drive, with either flat or capped heads. A sharp point tip and thicker threads will increase holding power and ease of drive. Because these screws will be exposed to moisture and other outside particles, most deck screws come with a manufacturer specific coating to help delay the weathering process. In coastal regions, many builders are required to use stainless steel screws for exterior applications to further prevent deterioration of the fastener.
 
Senco Deck Screw Diagram 

SubFloor & Underlayment

With wood to wood applications, you will typically find that most available screws will have a sharp tip with a flat head and twin threads for additional holding strength. Either zinc, phosphate, galvanization or some form of coating will most likely also be present. The coating will help to improve the overall durability of the screw if it becomes exposed to moisture.
 
Quik Drive SubFloor Screw 

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing screws are a little bit different than those used for wood applications. Metal to metal screws, particularly those used for metal roofing, will have a raised head with threads that run from head to tip. For extra heavy-duty metal roofing applications, you might even find the screw has a washer at the base of its head to help provide even greater holding strength.
 
Quik Drive Metal Roofing Screw 
For the average homeowner, you typically won't use anything beyond basic drywall, decking or wood screws. For contractors, depending on the applications you work with, the possibilities are endless.
 
Providing The Knowledge To Prevent A Screw Up,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



March 24, 2015 : Everything You Need To Know About Cordless Nailers

Everything You Need To Know About Cordless Nailers

Are you looking for a cordless nailer, stapler or screw gun? Maybe you don't like the noise or cord restrictions that come with an air compressor? While pneumatic tools will always have a place in the construction industry, several contractors and DIYers have come to adopt cordless fastening tools over their air-powered counterpart. The biggest benefit to cordless, it goes anywhere you need it to. No hoses, no compressor, no hassle - as long as you have the tool charged that is. Find out what types of cordless nail guns, staple guns, and screw fastening systems are available, when you visit the Nail Gun Network.
 
Cordless Nail Guns 
Cordless technology in the fastening industry is improving daily. As battery technology and tool engineering continues to enhance itself, nailers are becoming more powerful, holding a longer charge, yet building the same reputation for durability and ruggedness that pneumatic tools have earned. With cordless framing nail guns, finish nailers, carton closing staplers, and screw guns available - there are several cordless options to choose from.
 

Nail Guns

 
Cordless nailers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. From framing nailers such as the Paslode CF325Li, to finish and trim nailers such as the Senco Fusion, contractors and DIYer's have come to love these tools for their increased versatility and quiet operation. One big thing to remember if you are considering a cordless nailer - several models require the use of a fuel cell in addition to a battery pack. A fuel cell is a small canister of compressed gas that releases energy in conjunction with the tool's trigger being fired. This is especially necessary in larger nailers that require more energy to fire. Taking it one step further, keep in mind that one size doesn't fit all when talking about fuel cells. Each manufacturer will specify the correct fuel cell for their tool. Smaller finish and trim nailers, such as the Senco Fusion line, do not require fuel cells since they do not require as much energy to sink a nail to its proper depth.
 
Cordless Brad Nailers 
Spoiler Alert: Grex has announced the launch of an all-new 18 gauge cordless brad nailer, powered by battery and long-life fuel cell. This tool is lightweight and nimble - we anticipate it to be extremely competitive with other similar models currently on the market. Expect an official release sometime in 2015.
 

Staple Guns

 
Cordless staple guns are growing in popularity, but are not as common as their not-so-distant relative, the nail gun. Bostitch recently released three new cordless carton closing staplers, the DSW-3522, the DSW-3519 and the DSC-3219. These cordless staplers run on a 12 volt lithium-ion battery, capable of securing 800 staples per 45 minute charge. In general, these Bostitch tools are particularly useful in high-production packing and shipping facilities. For those looking to avoid a power supply completely, there are also several manually operated models.
 

Screw Guns

 
Quite possibly the most popular cordless option of the three types of fastening tools we've covered, cordless screw gun sales are growing at a rapid pace. In particular, Senco's DuraSpin cordless screw system(s) are among the most recognized collated screw guns in the industry. Senco DuraSpin cordless models are powered by the same 18 volt battery pack that can be found on the Senco Fusion, designed to drive between 500 and 700 collated DuraSpin screws per charge. Simpson Strong-Tie also recently partnered with Fein, to release the first cordless screw gun motor for their Quik Drive auto-feed screw system. The Fein motor is compatible with all Quik Drive auto-feed attachments.
 
Senco DuraSpin Cordless 
In wrapping things up, it's only fair to cover the counterpoints in going cordless too. The biggest downside to cordless - the cost. Plan to spend anywhere from $100 to $300 more for a cordless nailer, stapler or screw gun, over the cost of its pneumatic or electric counterpart. If you are only using cordless tools, part of this cost can be offset by eliminating the need for an air compressor. The other point to consider before switching to cordless, be sure to plan for enough battery charge to keep your tool running throughout the duration of your project. Keep a car charger or spare battery on hand for larger projects, especially if you are planning to use the cordless tool for extended periods of time. If required, keep an extra fuel cell handy too.
 
All that's left to decide, are you ready to cut the cord?
 
Your Fastening Tool Experts,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



March 17, 2015 : How To Avoid Destroying Your Pneumatic Nailer

How To Avoid Destroying Your Pneumatic Nailer

Spring has almost sprung, and for some, that means pulling out pneumatic tools and firing them up for the first time this year. A few weeks ago, we told you how to protect your pneumatic tools and compressor from cold temperatures - but what about the rest of the year? Let's take a look at some professional tips to extend the life of pneumatic tools. Learn how to protect your air fastening tools - here on the Nail Gun Network.
 
Senco Pneumatic Nail Gun 
Depending on the region you live, one of the biggest dangers to a pneumatic tool is the environment it resides. Airborne particles can clog pneumatic nailers and cause undue wear to components within the tool. This is particularly true in coastal regions, where moisture and salt in the air increases the chance for system failure or rusting. In areas with high moisture content in the air, it's extra important to avoid prolonged exposure of your tools to the elements. Invest in a systainer case or air-tight box to store pneumatic tools that are not in use - protecting your investment. The same principle applies to areas that have a lot of dust or sand in the air - particularly when talking about exterior job sites.
 
Senco Roofing Nailer 
A universal rule for protecting and prolonging the life of a pneumatic nailer, make sure the tool is properly lubricated at all times. One of the most frequent causes for air nailer failure is component wear due to lack of lubrication. Just like you wouldn't drive a car or truck without oil in the engine, a pneumatic tool requires the same attention. Remember that pneumatic nailers and staplers require special lubricant, specifically labeled as pneumatic tool oil. Many generic lubricants eat through rubber over time, which will cause more harm than help in the long run (remember most pneumatic nail guns have rubber o-rings). Unless specified otherwise by the manufacturer, make sure pneumatic nailers, staplers and other fastening tools receive regular lubrication to moving parts. Even with a self-oiling valve design, it's important to keep watch that your pneumatic nailer is receiving the proper amount of lubrication. In general, we recommend putting two to three drops of pneumatic tool oil directly into the coupling joint before connecting the air hose. Do so daily at the start and finish of use - and be sure to fire it two to three times to give the oil a chance to work through the valves.
 
Paslode Pneumatic Tool Oil 
Surprisingly enough, many system failures on a pneumatic nailer can be prevented with proper use. Before firing up a nail gun, make sure you are using the correct size and type of nail. Pay careful attention to the nail's degree of angle, as well as the type of collation the nailer requires. Check the manufacturer's recommended operating pressure before hooking up an air compressor to avoid misfiring caused by inadequate air flow. Too much air pressure can drive nails too deep - whereas too little pressure can cause nails to not sink evenly. Furthermore, consistent improper pressure can lead to mechanical defects in the tool. Lastly, make sure you are using the proper size compressor. For finish and trim work, small hand-carry compressors will typically perform adequately. For framing tools, or if you are planning to connect multiple air-powered nailers, larger wheelbarrow compressors could be a better fit.
 
Bostitch Compressor 
As always, safety is the top priority. Always consult your owner's manual or visit the manufacturer's website for detailed information about your pneumatic tool. For more maintenance advice, consult a certified repair center.
 
Keeping Your Pneumatic Nailers On The Job,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



March 10, 2015 : Nail Gun Depot Is Celebrating Its 15th Anniversary

Nail Gun Depot Is Celebrating Its 15th Anniversary

It's hard to believe, but did you realize Nail Gun Depot has been around for 15 years? Launched in 2000, the site has played its part in the explosion of the Internet and e-commerce - surviving several events that have shaped the world we live in today. The NGD site we have come to know has lived through several refreshes and reconfigurations, the addition of new tools and technology, and the demise of outdated products. With annual visitors in the millions, Nail Gun Depot offers one of the largest, most comprehensive collections of fastening products available. From nailers to staplers, screw guns and fasteners, we've got something for every application. Don't take our word, see it for yourself!
 
Nail Gun Depot 15th Anniversary 
Did you know Nail Gun Depot isn't just an e-commerce site, it's an information database? Choose from several resources to help pair the correct tool or fastener with your application. For example, the Fastener Finder feature on Nail Gun Depot let's you choose your tool - searching the site and matching your query with the appropriate fasteners. Need a bit more? Visit the Nail Gun Network blog and content database for how to projects, tool news, maintenance tips, and virtually everything else you need to know about power fastening tools.
 
Nail Gun Network Logo 
But wait, there's more! Without loyal customers, Nail Gun Depot would be nothing. We want to take a second (or year) to thank all of our customers and visitors, whether you have purchased from us once - or visit the site weekly - thank you for your continued support. To remain one of the best in customer service, we are excited to announce a refreshed, mobile-friendly Nail Gun Depot is on its way. Look for the new Nail Gun Depot to launch later in 2015. Other initiatives on the way include a 15th Anniversary Giveaway - featuring Nail Gun Depot's "Bleed Orange Bundle" - as well as several other smaller giveaways and promotions throughout 2015 to thank our customers for 15 years in business. Look for a more extensive, larger Nail Gun Network too!
 
Nail Gun Depot Brands 
It's customers like you that keep Nail Gun Depot alive and growing - so thank you again from the entire staff at Nail Gun Depot.
 
Here's To Nailing Another 15 Years,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



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