Senco Fusion F-15 15 Gauge Cordless Finish Nailer, 1-1/4" to 2-1/2
MAX CN445R2 SuperRoofer Coil Roofing Nailer, 3/4 to 1-3/4
Spotnails JS7116 22 Gauge Upholstery Stapler, 5/32" - 9/16
Stanley Bostitch Roofing Nailer & Cap Stapler Kit
We’ve talked a lot about using nail guns, but what about the nails that go in them? We get questions all of the time asking about the components of a nail. The type? The shank? Point and finish?
What makes each nail different? The average person only knows about one type of nail, the simple flat head design with a smooth shank and blunt diamond point. This is the most common style for nails used in everyday construction, but what about other nail types? Let’s take a look at some of the variations in nail design and function – but first, let’s go over some basic terms that define the structure of a nail.
A nail is composed of three parts – the head (top), the shank (body) and the point (tip). Size and length will vary depending on the type of job you are working on – your nail gun will tell you which size nails it will work with. Finally, you have the finish of the nail, which represents the nail’s exterior – and can come coated (resin), galvanized (dipped) or untreated.
Now that we know some of the basic terms regarding the structure of a nail, it’s time to look at the variations in their structure.
Flathead: This is the most common type of head for a nail. Available in different forms such as full (regular), clipped (reduced head size) and off center (head sits to the side of base), this nail’s larger head size offers stronger holding capability.
Brad & Finish Nails: These nails are typically used for finishing work, such as attaching trim and molding. Having a smaller head means these nails do not have the holding strength of their flathead counterpart, but they are able to fit in tighter places and are less noticeable to the naked eye, after installation.
Duplex: The duplex nail is intended for temporary use, featuring a double head for easy removal. These nails resemble a push-pin, and are designed to work as a placeholder – before a permanent application has been made.
Smooth: The smooth shank is the most common shank that can be found on nails. The easiest to produce, this type of shank also provides the least amount of holding strength.
Ring: The ring design on a shank provides improved holding strength and can be recognized by the threaded rings that run along the body of the nail. Its appearance resembles a smooth body nail running through a spring.
Screw: A screw design has a body similar to its screw counterpart, but is driven into wood without the traditional screw head. It features a spiral design that covers about 3/4 of the nail's body.
Blunt: This is the most common of nail points. It reduces splitting when being driven, which makes it an asset to anyone using a nailer.
Long: This point is mostly used in drywall installation, as it has a long, sharp, needle-like tip that can be driven deep.
Chisel: This type of point is mostly used for heavy duty projects, such as pallet-building and industrial assembly. The chisel tip also helps to avoid splitting.
Have we sparked your interest? Check back next week for the second half of this two-part series on nail components.
Best of luck on your next project,
The Team at Nail Gun Depot
Add a chair rail in the dining room:
The dining room is one of the busiest rooms in many households during the holidays. Between family dinners and holiday parties, it’s certain to see a lot of traffic from your guests.
Installing a chair rail can serve more than one purpose in your home – it not only adds detail to the room, it also helps to protect your walls from scrapes and scratches. Using a Finish Nail Gun, such as the Paslode IM250A-Li, can help you complete this project with ease. Depending on the size of your dining room, installation can be completed in a relatively short amount of time, leaving your room with an added detail that improves its form and function.
Tip: Make sure the rail is level before attaching. This is a simple step that is often overlooked, but can save time and money in the long run. If your home has crown molding, try to match the color and style of the rail for continuity.
Update the numbers on the front of your house:
We know, this IS an outdoor project, but it can be completed in a matter of minutes and will help any first-time guests find your house with ease. Simply visit any local hardware store to purchase the numbers you need for your address. A Screw Gun, such as the Senco DuraSpin, can be of use in attaching them to your home, depending on the material you are affixing them to (brick and other stone materials will require something heavier duty).
This quick project can improve the curb appeal of your home and will certainly be appreciated by any visitors looking for your house.
Build a new mantel for the fireplace:
This might be a bit harder for the average DIYer, but can add tons of character to your home if completed properly. If you don’t have a fireplace, you can improvise by building shelving to display decorations and other knickknacks.
Design the mantel to fit your style and character – there are a lot of sites online that can fuel your inspiration. Once you have selected the perfect design for your home, plan to invest at least five to ten hours (or more) into this project.
A Finish Nailer, such as the Bostitch N62FNK-2 will most likely be your tool of choice when assembling the “big” parts – although you might also consider a Pin Nailer, such as the Grex P650L 23ga. Pinner, if attaching smaller, more intricate details – such as trim.
Tip: Some people prefer to paint their mantel rather than stain it; keep this in mind as you visualize what the finished project will look like. Depending on the design you choose, you might have to paint or stain the materials prior to assembling.
Good luck and happy holidays,
The Team at Nail Gun Depot
Using a nail gun can be an intimidating experience if it's something that you have never done before. A nail gun or nailer saves you time and energy, speeding up any project - and adding value with the time saved.
Step 1: Choose a Nail Gun
Step 2: Choose a Nail
Step 3: How Will You Power Your Nail Gun?
Step 4: Load
Step 5: Fire
Now you are on your way to completing your project with hassle free nailing!
You’ve decided to use a nail gun on your next project, now what type of nail gun or nailer do you need? Different nail guns are used for different applications; let’s look at some of the main types that homeowners work with:
Senco FinishPro 42XP
Hitachi NT50AE2 18ga. Brad Nailer
Now you need to decide how to power your nail gun:
Don’t forget to consider the brand when making your decision, as a trusted brand, such as Stanley Bostitch, Hitachi, Senco or Paslode will usually lead to less jams and repairs. Nail guns can speed up a job, allow you to drive nails into hard to reach areas that aren’t accessible by hammer and nail, as well as drive smaller nails without the frustration of bending or breaking. NailGunDepot.com offers a wide selection of nailers, so check us out - and good luck on your next project!
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