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  • How To Maximize Air Compressor Efficiency

    The Nail Gun Network proudly presents the following guest post, originally published on "Zero Sick Days" by RolAir:

    "The key to optimal air compressor efficiency is to maintain the integrity of your entire pneumatic system. This includes the air compressor, fittings, air hose, and tools. An efficient pneumatic system will ensure that you’re getting the air you need, when you need it. An inefficient one will cost you time and money. Follow the steps below to make sure your pneumatic system keeps operating the way it was intended to.

    RolAir Compressors Banner

    1. Use 3/8″ air hose whenever possible. All hoses cause some degree of frictional loss. While 1/4″ air hose is lighter and generally easier to work with, the smaller diameter restricts air flow more than a 3/8″ diameter hose would. If the CFM requirements of the tool(s) being operated is close to the air compressor’s limits, every bit of pressure counts. To ensure you’re getting the maximum amount of pressure to the tool, opt for a larger diameter hose. To get an idea of how air hose diameter affects working pressure, check out this handy Air Flow Calculator.
    2. Use shorter lengths of air hose. The idea here is similar to #1. The farther the air has to travel, the more pressure you lose. We completely understand that situations will arise when you are forced to use long runs of small diameter hose. When that happens, refer to the next step.
    3. Use an auxiliary tank. Adding an auxiliary tank in between two lengths of hose allows the user(s) to maximize distance from the compressor while minimizing frictional loss. For example, if you were to use two 3/8″ x 100′ air hoses, you’d be able to work 200′ from the compressor, but only lose pressure over the length of one 100′ section. The icing on the cake is the fact that the Air Keg can go where the compressor can’t, like on a pitched roof.
    4. Lubricate your pneumatic tools regularly. Just be careful what you put in them. The wrong type of lubricant can cause more harm than good by damaging o-rings and other internal components. The correct type of oil will be labeled as a tool lubricant and will contain special additives to promote long life for pneumatic tools. Of course, the obvious question is “How often?” That depends on the type of tool and how hard it’s being used, but for tools that get used daily, applying 4-5 drops at the start of each shift is a good rule of thumb.
    5. Check the system for leaks. This includes the entire air compressor, all fittings, air hoses and tools. Simply allow the compressor to build to top pressure with the air hose and all other tools and components hooked up. Once the compressor has stopped pumping, watch the tank pressure gauge and listen closely. If the needle stays put, you’ve got a leak-free system. If the needle starts to drop continuously (a slight drop is normal as the air cools) or you hear a hiss of air, you’ve got a leak. Excessive leaks in the system can cause your compressor to run more often than necessary, which leads to premature wear. If you have a difficult time locating the leak, we recommend spraying a soap and water solution on the hose and all fittings. A leak will cause the solution to bubble.

    Rolair on Nail Gun Depot

    Like anything else in the trades, a little bit of planning and preparation up front will pay dividends in the end. If you plan out your pneumatic system prior to each job and add steps 4 and 5 to your preventative maintenance plan, you’ll avoid a few headaches and maximize the lifespan of your equipment. If you feel like your pneumatic system is not performing like it should, give us a call and one of our service reps will help you troubleshoot the issue."

    Give these tips a shot and let us know if you see improved performance!

     

    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Win Your Nail Gun Depot Wishlist!

    Nail Gun Depot is celebrating its new website with a “Win Your Wishlist Giveaway.” That's right, we're giving away $1,000 toward your Nail Gun Depot wishlist! All you have to do is log in or create an account on Nail Gun Depot, fill out the entry form, and start building your dream wishlist.

    Nail Gun Depot Win Your Wishlist

    We kicked things off July 1st, and will continue through September 30th, 2016 - so there's plenty of time to get your entries in! But, the sooner the better - there's more than the grand prize up for grabs!

    We'll be giving away several small prize packs, as we count down to the grand prize drawing for $1,000.00 in Nail Gun Depot store credit. Our grand prize winner will have the opportunity to purchase items directly from their personalized Nail Gun Depot wishlist.

    Nail Gun Depot Wishlist

    Don't forget, the grand prize drawing will take place on September 30th!

    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Introducing The All-New Nail Gun Depot Website

    Welcome to the all-new Nail Gun Depot - your everything source for fastening and construction supply. Whether you're looking for a tool, fastener, how-to advice or expert tips - we've got it all. With competition online as fierce as ever, we're going the extra mile for our customers - ensuring you get the right product for your project, at a competitive price.

    Nail Gun Depot Website

    Don't take our word for it, check out some of the great new features all visitors can enjoy on Nail Gun Depot:

    • Search The Nail Gun Network: The new Nail Gun Network has truly become a site within a site. More than a blog, choose between how-to articles, video demonstrations, manufacturer bulletins, tool news, expert tips and so much more. We've listened to you, and have designed our Nail Gun Network to offer each user a personalized experience.

    NGN NEW SITE

    • Navigate On Your Smartphone: We've finally gone mobile. Shop Nail Gun Depot from any smartphone or tablet via our new mobile layout. Get the same great information from your desktop computer - now at the tip of your finger.

    MOBILE NEW SITE

    • Shop By Project Type: For customers that don't quite know what they need, but know what they need to do, visit Nail Gun Depot's new product recommendation tool - Shop By Project. Another way to search for products, we've sorted items by the applications they are designed to excel at. With categories for concrete, decking, upholstery and more, let our Shop By Project tool pair you with the right items for your job.

    SBP NEW SITE

    • Browse The Fastener Finder: Along with the rest of Nail Gun Depot, we've given our one-of-a-kind Fastener Finder app a face-lift. Know which tool you own, but not sure what fasteners will work with it? Simply select the brand and model of your tool from the drop down menu, and let our Fastener Finder do the rest. With an expanded selection of both late-model tools and new release items, choose between more than 7,500 different product combinations.

    FF NEW SITE

    • Explore Our Freight Shipping Program: Want to buy in bulk, but not pay standard shipping rates? We have a solution for that. Nail Gun Depot now offers common-carrier, freight shipping options during checkout. Buying a skid of nails? Simply choose the freight quote that best suits you during checkout. Our logistics team will do the rest - making sure your products arrive without hassle.

    LTL NEW SITE

    • Enjoy Enhanced Customer Profiles: The new Nail Gun Depot is designed to optimize user experience from top to bottom. We've gone the extra mile to make sure our customers enjoy a seamless experience while visiting the site. Store contact information, reorder with the click of a button, manage customer preferences, submit product reviews, save products to order later, and more.

    ACCOUNT NEW SITE

    • Build A Custom Wishlist: Want a new tool, but not quite ready to place an order? Save it for later with Nail Gun Depot's new wishlist builder. Located within your user profile, store any product on the site for later, save comments on each item, and even share your wishlist with others via email.

    WISHLIST NEW SITE

    Want more? We've only just begun. Stay tuned as we continue to expand our product selection, and roll-out new features on Nail Gun Depot. Whether you're a contractor, expert, DIYer, amateur - or anywhere in between - we've got something for everyone on Nail Gun Depot and The Nail Gun Network.

    Have questions, comments or feedback, drop us a line at sales@nailgundepot.com.

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Important Information For Duo-Fast Customers

    If you work within the cabinet, furniture or flooring industries, big changes may be coming your way, as we wave goodbye to a major segment of the Duo-Fast brand. Recently announced by Duo-Fast corporate, the brand will be phasing out most of its finish and upholstery tools, and related fasteners - effective immediately in some cases. Categories directly affected will include construction staplers and upholstery staplers.
    To minimize the potential impact of this transition, several manufacturers have come forward with comparable replacement items. A key player in this transition, OMER USA will continue producing many of the industry-leading Duo-Fast SureShot tools, but with OMER's unique green body color - and rest assured, the OMER variant will be just as sturdy and reliable as it's Duo-Fast twin.
    Duo-Fast To OMER

    What This Means For You?

    Nail Gun Depot will begin transitioning to several of the OMER replacement tools, as can be found when visiting the OMER brand page on our site. The first phase of this transition is currently underway, as we continue to add OMER replacement items when they become available. Meanwhile, we will still offer Duo-Fast tools and fasteners until all inventory has been permanently depleted.
    Because of the limited-notice, we do anticipate a run on certain Duo-Fast products affected by this major event, and advise to order early. Availability is not guaranteed, though we are in the process of sourcing direct replacement products to fill any gaps left in our inventory lineup - both tools and fasteners affected.
    As we enter a new chapter with Duo-Fast, we will continue to add replacement products - and update our customers - as new information becomes available. Please check the Nail Gun Network periodically, for everything you need to know about this transition. We will provide real-time updates as new information surfaces.
    ~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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  • Welcome To Nail Gun Depot's Blog - The Nail Gun Network

    Nail Gun Depot is pleased to announce the re-launch of its blog and content library, coined "The Nail Gun Network" - or "Nail Gun Network" for short. Beginning as a basic tool and fastener blog that was launched in June 2011, Nail Gun Depot phased in the Nail Gun Network brand starting in 2014, in preparation for the brand's 15th anniversary. Please stay tuned for project tips, tool news and all-else relevant to the tool and fastener industry. Get great "how to" advice for DIY applications - and contractor-grade tips for the professionals.
    Nail Gun Depot's Nail Gun Network
    Have a topic you want us to talk about, drop us a line at sales@nailgundepot.com and tell us what you want to see on The Nail Gun Network.
     
    **This post has been modified and updated to reflect advancements at Nail Gun Depot. Original post was updated on February 10, 2015.
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