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  • Why Every Contractor Needs A Laser Level

    The principles of measurement in the construction industry have remained unchanged for hundreds - if not thousands - of years; but materials, assembly procedures, the interaction between various trades - not to mention time and cost pressures, have changed. The precise reason why every contractor should be using laser measuring instruments now, more than ever. Don't jump the gun and purchase the wrong technology... Rather, before buying, determine what functions you need, how you will use it, and budget accordingly. Learn more about laser levels on the Nail Gun Network.
    Stabila Laser Level 07380
    Let's start with some basics - which type of laser measuring device do you need? Self-leveling lasers vary in price, depending on what features the user needs. Look to spend anywhere from $200 to $500 for a decent laser level. Keep in mind, paying a little extra upfront for quality will hopefully prevent an untimely demise. Many of Stabila's products, for example, come out of the box with varying degrees of dust and waterproofing protection - with certain models such as the "OFF ROAD" system designed specifically for dust, water and drop protection.
    Stabila 05600TR Laser Kit
    Some laser levels are designed for specific applications, such as concrete construction, interior construction and general contracting. Make sure to research the different features available - and compare available models for their features. Depending on the model, features can include the ability to rotate, project grid lines, target specific points and more. Construction contractors might find they need more than a basic laser level - which is why Stabila offers several models as full kits too. Depending on the kit, this could include a mounting device or tripod, long distance receiver, laser measuring tool and more.
    Stabila Laser Level Tile Install App
    For engineers and project managers, who might not need a laser level during prefabrication planning, Stabila offers an assortment of laser distance measuring devices too. The top-of-the-line LD420 model can convert measurements, estimate labor and material costs, and store data - among other features.
    Stabila Laser Distance Measure
    No matter the project, there's a laser level or measuring tool to bring balance to your work.
    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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  • What Type Of Air Hose Do I Need For My Compressor?

    Imagine this scenario. You've purchased a new pneumatic tool, go to hook the tool up to your air compressor, only to find out you don't have the right air hose to connect your tool. You ask, what type of air hose do I need for my compressor? The question is simple - the answer, a bit more complex. Let's explore what type of air hose will suit your application best, when you enter the Nail Gun Network.
    Before getting into the different types of air hoses for an air compressor, you'll need to determine which size fitting your compressor requires. Most hoses for air compressors range in size from 1/4" to 1" in diameter. You should be able to find which hose diameter is suitable by looking at your air compressor. Some air compressors will allow you to use several different sized hoses, simply by switching out the hose fitting (where the hose and air compressor connect). Another point to think about, larger tools will require more air to power them, which means you'll need a compressor with more power.
    Coilhose Air Hose Fitting
    Next, you'll want to think about hose length. For a workshop, where the compressor and air tool(s) are kept close together and do not require extra reach, consider a 25' or 50' air hose. If you're a contractor on the construction site, 50' to 100' hoses typically work out better. Keep in mind, you'll still need the correct fittings to connect your air hose to the tool and compressor.
    The last thing to consider - also the area that offers the most "flexibility" in choosing an air hose - the material it's made from. Most air hoses on Nail Gun Depot are made from either polyurethane or rubber. For applications working with pneumatic tools, we generally recommend either of these materials. PVC and nylon air hoses are also available, but are generally less durable and are not intended for high-pressure usage. Rubber compressor hoses are fairly common, generally for home workshop use. Rubber material handles temperature change well, making it a suitable choice for powering an air tool. For more intense use, contractors generally prefer polyurethane air hoses, which also do well in extreme temperatures (warm and cold), but offer added flexibility with less risk of damage. Polyurethane has been found to stand up better to cuts, kinks and more, as a long-term investment.
    Coilhose Polyurethane Air Hose
    Interested in upgrading? Choose from a selection of air hoses, fittings and other pneumatic accessories from premium manufacturers such as Coilhose, Senco, RolAir and others. Our bet, you won't regret it.
    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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  • New To Nail Gun Depot: Stabila Levels & Lasers

    New on Nail Gun Depot, have you seen our selection of Stabila construction levels and laser levels? Don't trust your next project to a good guess, get the accuracy only a level can provide. Choose from a wide variety of levels and lasers, including a full selection of spirit levels, mason levels, magnetic levels, plate levels, pocket levels, torpedo levels, exact length levels, electronic levels and more. Tripods, repair kits and other accessory items are also now available.
    Stabila Spirit Levels
    Let's take a quick look at what each type of level does:
    Stabila Logo
    Spirit Level: Spirit levels fill the broadest range of what can be defined as a construction level or measuring level. Speaking in the most general terms, a spirit level is a measuring device that can determine an exact measurement of levelness based on the placement of an air pocket within a horizontal (level) and/or a vertical (plumb) vial. Most levels are technically spirit levels. You'll generally see levels categorized on Nail Gun Depot as spirit levels if they don't fill another niche application.
    Stabila R-Beam Spirit Level
    Fun Fact: Spirit levels were created by a French inventor and have been around since the Mid-1600's.
    Plate Level: Plate levels are also spirit levels, but they are designed specifically to measure the degree of levelness at wall plates. This type of construction level is intended for those that do wall framing or work with structural framing. The Stabila plate level(s) we offer feature extendable bodies that can nearly double in length. A reinforced frame allows these plate levels to easily measure plate to plate wall height for either commercial or residential applications.
    Stabila Plate Level
    Torpedo Level: On the other end of the spectrum, torpedo levels are much more compact, designed for applications in carpentry or anywhere else a compact spirit level is required. Stabila also offers magnetic torpedo levels, providing a superior grip on pipes, conduit, posts or any other metal surface that is magnetic. Torpedo levels are an excellent option for anyone who wants a compact spirit level to use around the house or shop.
    Stabila Torpedo Level
    Pocket Level: Similar to torpedo levels, pocket levels are designed to be small enough that you can simply stuff them into your pocket. While a pocket level isn't nearly as rugged or durable as some of the other level types listed in this article, contractors are attracted to the simplicity and portability of these nifty little gadgets. Pocket levels are more of an accessory item for a general contractor or carpenter; something they can keep in their pocket and easily transport from job to job.
    Stabila Pocket Level
    Mason Level: Mason levels are designed for bricklaying or similar applications. With a reinforced frame, strike zones designed specifically for being hit with a trowel, an easy to clean body (for removing mortar), and much more, Stabila mason levels are extra rugged, yet equally as versatile.
    Stabila Mason Level
    Magnetic Level: We've briefly touched on the capabilities of a magnetic level already, but just to reiterate, these levels are mostly designed for applications where you need to measure the degree of levelness for a surface that is made of magnetic metal. This applies to steel framing - among other uses. Stabila magnetic levels are capable of adhering to a magnetic surface upside down, designed for hands-free capability.
    Stabila Magnetic Levels
    Exact Length Level: Exact length levels are similar to plate levels, and are part of the spirit level family, but are designed specifically for door and window installation. Stabila XtL exact length levels cover more than 80% of all door and window installations. Stabila XtL expands and locks to the exact size needed for any project. Two Stabila XtL levels cover the same range as the 5-6 level sets normally carried by door and window installers. Consider exact length models a big level in a small package.
    Stabila XtL Level
    Electronic Level: Electronic levels are designed for tech savvy contractors. Featuring electronic measuring technology, two digital displays, an audible inclination guide, and a dust/waterproof body, Stabila electronic levels are the way of the future. Between fast, accurate readings - and the ability to instantly convert measurements - who wouldn't want an electronic level? Just keep in mind, these are not the least expensive option available - but they do offer unique benefits that can't be found on any other type of construction level.
    Stabila Electronic Level
    Laser Level: Laser measuring instruments, also known as laser levels, are the answer to an ever changing construction industry, where materials, assembly systems, the interaction of the various trades, time and cost pressures are constantly on the move. Laser levels do the same job as their spirit level counterpart, the fundamental difference being, laser levels project a non-permanent laser beam of light onto a surface in a perfectly level formation. Depending on the intensity of the laser beam, the direction(s) it is required to display, and other unique characteristics, prices on these nifty devices can range from a couple hundred dollars, all the way into the thousands.
    Stabila Laser Level
    Here's To Leveling Your Next Project,
    The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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  • What Does A Nail Gun Warranty Cover?

    Picture this, the nailer you bought six months ago suddenly stops running. The power supply is fine, but the tool's dead. Time to visit an authorized repair center - but who's on the hook for the repair bill? You might be surprised at the answer. Learn more about your nailer's warranty, what constitutes a wearable part, and everything else you need to know before picking up the tab for your tool's repair bill - here on the Nail Gun Network.
    The best advice we can give you regarding warranty coverage for your tool - or any item for that matter - read the fine print carefully. Every manufacturer has their own legal staff that writes and reviews what is covered in a product warranty, down to the smallest screw. With that said, use the following as a general overview of what would typically be included within the warranty coverage for a brand-new nail gun. Always consult the manufacturer's warranty policy before filing your claim.
    Freeman Tools Warranty
    Believe it or not, the clause that trips up our customers most frequently - when they find out their warranty does not include wearable parts. This leads to the next question, what's considered a wearable part? There's a general consensus among manufacturers that wearable parts include the following components: o-rings, bumpers and driver blades. Some manufacturers might categorize additional components as wearable, but you can almost always guarantee the three parts above WILL NOT be included in your warranty coverage.
    NOTE: Some warranties only cover parts, excluding labor expense. This is particularly true in warranties that extend beyond the standard one-year guarantee. Generally, each manufacturer will specify if this is the case.
    Bostitch Warranty
    Don't kick the dirt just yet! All three of the components mentioned earlier are relatively inexpensive to repair, and are considered regular maintenance items on your nailer. Just like you would change the oil filter in your car or replace the brakes, these items require periodic attention to keep your nail gun performing at its best.
    Furthermore, what about the components that ARE covered by the warranty? Most brands of nail gun, staple gun or screw gun offer a standard one-year manufacturer's warranty. Some brands go above and beyond, offering additional protection for their product owners. If you are looking for a lifetime guarantee, Quik Drive stands behind their screw gun attachments with their limited-lifetime warranty. While it only covers the attachment (motors generally come with one year of coverage), it demonstrates the quality and durability representative of these products. Bostitch and Freeman Tools offer seven-year warranties on many of their nailers and staplers, and Senco offers a five-year warranty on its XP line of pneumatic tools.
    Senco Tools
    One final point to remember, a warranty's coverage only protects against normal use. It's ultimately up to the manufacturer to determine whether or not the owner has taken the necessary measures to ensure their tool was properly cared for prior to failure. In almost all instances, this rules out accidental damage or undue abuse. For example, if the nailer was left outside permanently and exposed to harsh conditions as a result, it could void your warranty coverage. Likewise, if a roofing nailer is dropped from a two-story roof, coverage would most likely be voided as well. Making alterations to a tool is another way to void its warranty.
    Here's our best advice. Maintain your tools per the manufacturer's specifications, see that they are not misused or abused, and have them serviced at the first sign of trouble. Some manufacturers offer the ability to register your tool online, which helps to confirm the range of time your warranty is valid. Save your sales receipts and keep your tool's service records on-hand if applicable. If you stick to these rules, your nailer, stapler or screw gun should provide many years of reliable service.
    Nailing Your Warranty Needs,
    The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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  • 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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  • Maintaining Pneumatic Tools & Compressors For Cold Weather

    If you live in a region susceptible to winter weather, as most North Americans do, it's crucial that your pneumatic tools and air compressors are properly maintained for the cold. If at all possible, it's best to avoid using pneumatic tools in temperatures below freezing - however, for contractors that depend on their tools for a living, there are measures that can be taken to help protect the integrity and performance of your tools or compressor from the freezing cold. Find out more - right here on the Nail Gun Network.
     
    Cold Weather Tool & Compressor Maintenance
    Let's start with cold weather maintenance tips for an air compressor. As an air compressor runs, moisture builds up in the tank from compression taking place. While it is good practice to make sure the tank is drained after every use (particularly in damp, humid climates), it is especially important in cold or freezing temperatures, as this water moisture can freeze and seize up the entire unit. To drain your compressor, simply release the drain valve, which is typically located on or near the bottom of the tank. Make sure you do this while the tank is under some pressure - then, take care to close the valve or valves until the air stops leaking. NOTE: never twist the valves with pliers.
     
    Other cold weather tips for your compressor, consider using heat lamps to keep the compressor regulator from freezing. You can also put your compressor on a continuous run cycle, if available on the model you own. Need help picking out a compressor? You can visit Nail Gun's Introduction To Air Compressors.
     
    Now that your compressor is running, let's take a look at cold weather maintenance for pneumatic tools. First and foremost, make sure you are lubricating your tool with cold weather tool oil, such as Senco's PC1295 Moisture Shield cold weather air tool oil. Using a cold weather lubricant such as this one, is great preventative maintenance that is easy and inexpensive. You can apply a manufacturer approved cold weather tool oil to the tool itself - and the air line.
     
    Senco PC1295 Cold Weather Pneumatic Tool Oil
    Other cold weather tips for your pneumatic tool, when starting use in freezing temperatures, as the compressor builds up, WITHOUT fasteners in the tool, hook up your pneumatic nailer or stapler to the compressor and fire @ 40 PSI to help warm up the tool before use. NOTE: Make sure the tool has no fasteners in its magazine before/during firing to avoid damaging the tool or work surface and prevent injury.
     
    You can also rotate pneumatic tools - while keeping the idle tools warm. Using pipe insulation that fits over a coupler is another method that helps create a barrier between the tool and cold air. Can't decide which pneumatic tool is right for your application, check out Nail Gun's Construction Tool Index.
     
    Cold Weather Construction
    We can't guarantee all of these tips will work for everyone, but if used appropriately, they might save you some major repair expense and downtime on the job. Tools and compressors that are not maintained or used as the manufacturer specifies are susceptible to damage and destruction - so save yourself time, money, and a major headache, and prepare your equipment for responsible use.
     
    Your Tool Tip Experts,
    The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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  • Nail Gun Depot's Most Memorable Blog Posts Of 2014

    We're finally here - the end of 2014. A time to celebrate, reflect and look toward the future. What better way to capture the essence of 2014 at Nail Gun Depot, than to take a look at some of the Nail Gun Network's most influential blog posts of the year. Take a second to check out some of our most popular posts of 2014!
    BeA Upholstery Stapler
    NGD's Top Picks: Hall of "Frame"
    1. How To Install Hardwood Floors: Perfect for the first-timer or budding expert, get start-to-finish tips for installing hardwood flooring. Learn which tools work best for the job and what it takes to lay beautiful new floors.
    2. Choosing An Air Compressor For Pneumatic Tools: If you use a pneumatic (air-powered) tool, you must use an air compressor to make it operate - but do you have the right air compressor for your tool? Find out in this blog.
    3. NGD Construction & Manufacturing Tool Index: For the DIYer or casual woodworker, find out which tools power the fastening industry. From construction and remodeling to manufacturing - we've got you covered.
    4. American Made Fasteners - A Senco Tradition: Not many manufacturers can boast the phrase "Made In America." At Senco, these words represent more than 80% of the fasteners they produce. Learn more about what makes Senco unique.
    5. How To Build & Install Your Own Kitchen Cabinets: Getting the kitchen cabinets you dream about can be more cost effective than one might think. Find out what you need to know to get the job done right.
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    Viewer's Choice: Most Popular
    1. What's The Difference Between Brad Nailers & Finish Nailers?: An age old question, get the answers you need on the Nail Gun Network.
    2. What's The Difference Between A Floor Nailer & Flooring Stapler?: Don't use the right tool for the wrong job. Discover which flooring tool is best for your application with Nail Gun Depot.
    3. What Type Of Nail Is Correct For My Application?: Get the inside scoop on which nail you need for your project. From framing to finishing, we've got an answer for everyone.
    4. The Nail Gun Buyer's Guide: Shopping for a nail gun? Maybe you aren't familiar with what's out there. Find out which nailer is the right one for you.
    5. How To Choose The Right Upholstery Stapler: If you work with upholstery, an upholstery stapler is a must-have tool in your arsenal. In this article, find out which features are best for different upholstery applications.
    Nail Gun Network Logo
    And with that, we conclude our last post of 2014. Don't worry, we're only taking a break from blogging for the next two weeks - making time to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. Look for an all-new Nail Gun Network post January 6, 2015!
    Wishing A Happy Holiday Season To All,
    The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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  • Nail Gun Depot's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

    We've finished up the Thanksgiving turkey - and tied a bow on Black Friday, so now what? Summer might be the most popular season for tools and fasteners, but let's not forget the best time of year to surprise a spouse, friend or family member with a new tool they are certain to love. For many craftsmen and woodworking hobbyists, the holiday season brings new life to their workshop.
    NGD Holiday Gift Guide
    Under $100
    • Senco PC1195: Designed for use with bulk nails, this compact palm nailer is 50% lighter than most of its competitors. The PC1195 features a magnetic nose for accurate nail placement, and compact design for easy storage. Excellent for driving nails in very tight places, this palm nailer is intended for use with specific applications such as joist hangers, framing, hurricane straps, fencing, decking and more. Available now on NGD for only $49.00.
    • Bostitch BTFP71875: A revolutionary new design from Bostitch, this hybrid tool is designed to be used as either a pneumatic brad nailer or heavy-duty stapler. A dual trigger design provides added safety and comfort. The BTFP71875 pneumatic hammer stapler also features oil-free operation, a bottom-loading magazine, and a built-in reload indicator. Available on NGD for only $55.00.
    • Hitachi NP35A: If you are shopping on a budget, but still want a brand-name tool, look no further than the Hitachi NP35A 23 gauge pin nailer. In addition to a five-year warranty, the NP35A comes with a rugged plastic carrying case, safety glasses, 1/4" NPT male plug, no mar tip (x2) and hex bar wrench. This Hitachi pin nailer features an auto-adjust magazine to easily switch between different fastener lengths, a dual trigger safety, rear exhaust, adjustable depth of drive, reload indicator and removable nose plate. This handy tool is perfect for rattan furniture production, light wood assembly, finish and trim work, decorative trim, window beading, craft work and more. Available on NGD for $99.00.
    Senco PC1195
    $100 to $250
    • Senco PC1010: At 20 lbs, the Senco PC1010 oil-less air compressor features an extremely lightweight and ultra quiet design. This hand-carry compressor also features an electric, direct drive motor for increased efficiency - as well as an aluminum cylinder, oil-less pump, 1/4" coupler and cushioned hand grip. The PC1010 is great for finish and trim work, upholstery, hobbies and crafts. Available on NGD for $119.00.
    • Bostitch BTFP72646: Perfect for anyone who loves finish and trim woodworking, the Bostitch BTFP72646 3-tool finish & trim combo kit with air compressor is designed with the DIY'er and amateur woodworker in mind. Get a complete set of pneumatic finish tools at one great price. The Stanley Bostitch BTFP72646 kit includes: The SB-1664FN - 16 ga. straight finish nailer, SB-1850BN - 18 ga. brad nailer, BTFP71875 - heavy-duty 3/8" crown stapler, BTFP02011 - 6 gallon oil-free air compressor, 1/4" x 25' heavy-duty airline with fittings and sample fasteners. The BTFP72646 combo kit is ideal for interior trim, crown molding, baseboards, shoe molding, staircases, cabinetry, paneling, housewrap, screening, upholstery, dust containment, insulation and felt paper. Get the entire kit on NGD for $249.00.
    • Senco WC150XP: This rugged, wide-crown Senco stapler features a new firing valve design for fast and powerful operation, tool-free locking adjustable depth of drive for consistent driving, rotating belt hook, EZ clear latch for fast jam removal, high-strength magazine, and extremely durable exhaust cap for superior damage resistance. This construction stapler even comes with a five-year warranty! The WC150XP wide crown stapler is excellent for attaching corrugated to skids, furniture and cabinet frames, foam insulation and butt joints. Available on NGD for $249.00.
    Bostitch Finish & Trim Compressor Kit
    $250 & Over
    • Paslode CF325-Li (replaced by Paslode CF325XP - 905600): No hose or compressor required for this cordless framing nailer. The CF325-Li even includes a five-year manufacturer's warranty - and comes complete with rugged plastic carrying case, rechargeable lithium ion battery and charger, safety glasses, owner's manual and 5/32" hex wrench. Shoots both Paslode clipped head and Roundrive nails. This cordless framing nailer features new lithium ion technology for improved battery life and charge times. Additional features include the Quiklode fuel cell design for easy installation, new on/off battery position for added convenience, internal steel rings for longer tool life, heavy-duty utility hook, full body rubber grip, and nail lockout to prevent dry firing. The Paslode CF325Li cordless framing nailer is excellent for framing, wall sheathing, roof sheathing, floor decking and more. New price of $355.00 on NGD.
    • Senco DuraSpin Combo Kit: The Senco DuraSpin DS215-18V cordless collated screw gun promo kit, comes complete with (2) 18V Li-Ion batteries, charger, 2 drive bits, drywall and wood nosepiece, and soft storage bag. Features include tool-free adjustable nose piece for different length screws, quick-bit release, high-speed 5,000 RPM motor, patented corner fit feed system for easy wall and corner access, adjustable depth of drive with depth lock, variable speed trigger with lock and reverse, belt hook, and comfortable rubber hand grip to maximize comfort. This Senco DuraSpin cordless screw gun is excellent for drywall, subfloor, cement board, underlayment, sheathing to steel, metal framing, steel decking and rigid foam insulation. Also included, get a FREE 18V cut-out saw with the purchase of this DS215-18V DuraSpin promo kit - while supplies last. DuraSpin promo kits available on NGD for $259.00.
    • Powernail 2000 (replaced by Powernail 2000F): The Powernail 2000 is the industry's first air-powered, trigger-operated 20 gauge flooring nailer - designed to install tongue and groove engineered flooring from 5/16" to 9/16" in thickness. This Powernail cleat nailer offers consistent depth control, while ensuring precise angle and fastener placement. Its 20 gauge cleats are designed to minimize split out - even on the thinnest of floors. Available on NGD for only $285.00.
    • Senco Fusion F-16A: The perfect balance of user-friendliness and convenience, Senco's Fusion finish nailers are a hot-buy for the holidays. The F-16A, for example, comes complete with soft-sided carrying case, 18V Li-Ion battery and charger. Features include an adjustable belt hook, nose mounted LED light, selectable drive for sequential or bump fire operation, rugged aluminum magazine and drive cylinder, adjustable depth of drive, and patented reflex shot design for instant firing. Senco's Fusion cordless nailers boast the power of an air nailer with the convenience of cordless operation. The F-16A is ideal for finishing applications in construction, furniture and cabinet frames, molding, baseboards, and upholstery trim panels. Your choice of Senco Fusion nailer for only $349.00 on NGD.
    Senco DuraSpin Combo Kit
    Whether you are looking for an inexpensive stocking stuffer or a gift they'll never forget, Nail Gun Depot has something for every price-point. And don't forget, tools ship free with standard shipping. Order early and save big.
     
    Here's To Nailing Your Holiday Wish List,
    The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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  • Must-Have Flooring Tools & Accessories

    If you remodeled or built a home recently, you've probably considered hardwood or laminate flooring for at least one room of the house. A must-have feature in new home construction and older home renovation, hardwood and laminate flooring has grown significantly in popularity throughout the last 10-15 years. We've shown you "How To Install A Hardwood Floor," but what about the best tools to get the job done efficiently and effectively?
    Hardwood Floor
    To begin, let's recap the two traditional flooring tools that are available, flooring nailers or flooring staplers. For an in-depth look at the difference between these tools, check out "The Difference Between Floor Nailers & Flooring Staplers."
    Bostitch Floor Tool
    Determining which type of flooring tool to use is up to you. Today, we're just looking at a few of the best tools from each category, available for use on hardwood and laminate flooring applications.
    Powernail Stapler
    Let's start with flooring staplers. If you are looking for a top-of-the-line hardwood stapler, Bostitch offers an industry-leading line of flooring staple guns to choose from. Pneumatic or air-powered, two top-selling models include the Bostitch MIIIFS and the Bostitch EHF1838K. The biggest difference between these models, the MIIIFS is mallet-actuated (meaning you must strike the tool with a rubber mallet to drive the staple), whereas the EHF1838K is trigger-actuated. The MIIIFS is considered the flagship model of Bostitch floor staplers, but for many, the trigger-actuated firing of the EHF1838K is more desirable - especially for DIY users.
    Bostitch MIIIFS
    If you are looking for a less expensive option, 3 PRO is an up-and-coming brand that offers less expensive, durable flooring staplers. Models such as the 3 PRO S9032P and 3 PRO S9040P are inexpensive hardwood tools that are designed to compete with higher-end models from well-known manufacturers. The 3 PRO FSN50 not only drives flooring staples, it can also be used as a nailer.
    3 PRO FSN50
    Moving into floor nailers, you have the option to choose between manual or pneumatic powered tools. Just to refresh, as we mentioned earlier, pneumatic tools are powered by air compressor, whereas a manual floor nailer is powered by human force. Bostitch and Powernail offer a few popular manual tools, but many opt for the easier to operate pneumatic models.
    Wood Floor Thickness
    Two popular pneumatic floor nailers, the Bostitch MIIIFN (the nailer variation of the MIIIFS) and the Powernail 2000 (replaced by Powernail 2000F) come recommended by many users. Again, the MIIIFN is mallet-actuated - as are most pneumatic hardwood nailers and staplers - whereas the Model 2000 relies on a trigger to fire.
    Powernail 2000
    A secondary tool that's worth considering, palm nailers are also frequently used to secure the initial floor board at the base of a wall. Don't underestimate the versatility of these tools - though we don't recommend using a palm nailer for bulk nailing applications. Built specifically for flooring applications, the Powernail Power Palm face nailer is designed with a special nose that allows it to accept flooring nails, an excellent option for hardwood flooring.
    Powernail Power Palm
    There are many other flooring tools to choose from, so don't feel limited to these models - including many others that also come highly-recommended - so be sure to look at all of your available options before selecting a tool. Also, keep in mind that each of these tools runs a specific range and type of fastener, so be sure that the range is relevant to the application.
     

    Your Floor Tool Experts,
    The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Practicing Nail Gun & Power Tool Safety

    You have your nailer, stapler or screw gun; you have the proper accessories to tackle your project – but do you practice safety awareness when using your tools? Most job related accidents can be avoided, if you take the proper measures to ensure safety on the job site.

     

    For a 58 year-old carpenter living in Minnesota, a simple mistake almost cost his life, when he accidentally fired a 3-1/2” galvanized framing nail directly into his heart. While building a deck, the man’s framing nailer slipped out of his hands – and when he caught hold of it, hand still on the trigger, the gun’s nose bumped against his chest and fired directly into his heart. Thankfully, the nail missed his main arteries by millimeters, and he survived the ordeal after surgery, avoiding a lethal scenario. You can read the entire story here.

     

    The nail was a lucky miss, but let’s take a look at how this accident could have been avoided. In this example, a simple error could have completely altered the outcome, if the man had removed his hand from the trigger. Even bump action guns still require a suppressed trigger to fire, a safety feature most manufacturers include on their tools. If you feel as if you are going to loose hold of your nail gun or other tool, always take your hand off the trigger. Worst case, a broken tool is better than a life altering injury.

     

    A factor that helped to save this man’s life – staying calm and avoiding panic. Panic increases blood flow, which can increase bleeding from open wounds. In this example where a heart was pierced, panicking could have further reduced his ability to breath, leading to hyperventilation. Staying calm and contacting emergency medical services immediately will improve chances of survival, in life threatening situations. Treat for shock while help is on its way.

     

    As described in the instance above, nail guns are powerful tools, so let’s make sure you are set up for success, which starts with safe handling:

     

    • Start by knowing your tool and how it functions. Read the owner’s manual and look at warnings listed by the manufacturer.
    • Wear the appropriate safety gear for your job site. Safety glasses should always be worn, regardless of the project. Depending on your line of work, a hardhat, hearing protection, harness or gloves might also be required.
    • ALWAYS keep your tool pointed away from yourself and anyone else, especially when activated. When in doubt, treat your nail gun as you would treat any other firearm.
    • Don’t use a tool that is not functioning properly. Have any broken or damaged tool serviced before trying to use.
    • Do not try to drive fasteners on top of other fasteners. This can lead to misfire or backfire – resulting in injury.

     

    There is no guarantee that injury will not occur when handling your tools – on and off the job site – but practicing safety measures, such as the ones mentioned above, will increase your odds of avoiding injury and staying safe when using your nail gun or other tools.

     

    Stay Safe,

    The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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