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  • Announcing Nail Gun Depot's Bleed Orange Giveaway

    Nail Gun Depot is celebrating another milestone with the launch of our 15th Anniversary Giveaway. Otherwise dubbed the "Bleed Orange Giveaway," we're giving anyone interested the opportunity to win our grand prize "Bleed Orange Bundle," a prize pack of products core to our brand. Celebrate fastening with orange and black, it's easy to enter.
    NGD 15th Anniversary Giveaway
    The giveaway, scheduled to run June 1 through September 15, is open to U.S. residents only. Prizes in the giveaway include a Freeman PFWS fine wire stapler (winner drawn on June 15), a Senco PC1010 compressor (winner drawn on July 15), and a Grex P650LX micro pinner (winner drawn on August 15); culminating in one grand prize winner receiving our "Bleed Orange Bundle," which consists of a Paslode CF325-Li framing nailer (replaced by Paslode CF325XP cordless framing nailer - 905600) and a Paslode IM250A-Li finish nail gun. We'll draw our grand prize winner on September 15 to close out the sweepstakes - but the sooner you enter, the more chances you have at winning!
    NGD Bleed Orange Giveaway
    Thank you for letting us serve your tool and fastener needs for the last 15 years. Your continued business has made this anniversary celebration possible!
    Wishing The Best Of Luck,
    Your Friends At Nail Gun Depot
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  • What's The Difference Between An Impact Driver & Power Drill?

    With Father's Day coming up, a new power drill always ranks high for Father's Day gift giving. When you're shopping for dad's new drill, you'll probably come across impact drivers too. But which is the better tool for dad? Discover the difference between an impact driver and a power drill, their uses, and which tool is ultimately the best investment.
    To the amateur eye, an impact driver and a power drill look almost identical. However, while they may look alike, they serve two different purposes. Cutting to the chase, an impact driver will be most useful for someone who frequently has the need to drive large screws into dense wood. You will find that impact drivers come in handy for deck building and repair, installing plywood subfloor, tile backerboard, cabinet installation and similar applications. Contractors typically choose the impact driver as it provides more torque (turning force), generally to the tune of two or three times that of a power drill. Impact drivers combine increased torque with concussive blows (driving screws with high impact intervals), to deliver the force required to drive large fasteners into the densest wood(s).
    Hitachi Impact Driver
    Power drills, on the other hand, don't provide nearly as much brute power as their impact driver cousin. Whereas an impact driver sinks large screws with ease, power drills are not capable of sinking large screws - period - and require a substantial amount of additional force from the user to drive smaller screws evenly. That amounts to more energy required from the user's wrist, which can lead to discomfort during long-term use. Power drills utilize a keyless chuck, meaning they can take a wide-range of round or hex shaped bits. Impact drivers can only take hex shaped driver bits due to their design. Another key distinction, power drills feature a slip clutch that allows a user to select the precise amount of torque they need for an application. If you are looking for something versatile to drill holes and drive smaller screws, you might find a power drill to be your best bet.
    Hitachi Power Drill
    To sum things up, power drills provide decent torque for lightweight fasteners and drilling, but impact drivers will provide the most power for fastening larger screws into dense wood. Power drills are more versatile in the respect that they will take almost any bit type, whereas an impact driver requires hex bits only. Power drills also commonly feature a clutch - impact drivers typically do not, though this trend is gradually changing. Impact drivers will make a bit more noise than their power drill counterpart, but they make up for the noise factor with a compact design for easy transport and storage.
    All in all, the best tool for dad really depends on the type of project he likes to do. If dad is into heavy-duty fastening, the impact driver is probably your best bet. If he likes to tinker around the house with light to medium-duty projects, consider the power drill. Most avid woodworkers will want to keep both tools on hand, so at the end of the day, you really can't go wrong with either of the two.
    Hitachi Hammer Drill
    One last tip to consider, keep in mind the difference between a power drill and a hammer drill too. Hammer drills are designed to provide additional torque from the rear, to drill or drive screws into concrete and other hard materials.
    Your Impact Driving Experts,
    The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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  • The Nail Gun Depot Father's Day Gift Guide 2015

    Father's Day is just a month away - hard to believe, right? Make sure dad gets a gift he will be able to use all year long. It's time to ditch the macaroni art and get dad tools he will love. Whether he's a contractor or an amateur woodworker, check out our top picks that are certain to give any dad a very happy Father's Day.
    Nail Gun Depot Father's Day Guide
    1. Freeman P7TRKTM: A special order kit just for Father's Day, introducing the Freeman P7TRKTM 3-tool finish & trim kit w/ tool belt, tape measure and sample fasteners. At only $139, this kit is great to give as a gift to your favorite woodworker, featuring the Freeman PBR50 18 gauge brad nailer - perfect for applications that include decorative trim installation, window casings, picture frame assembly, furniture trim, molding and more. The PBR50 brad nailer features 360 adjustable exhaust, air filter, aluminum magazine and cylinder design, one-piece drive blade and double spring magazine. The kit also includes the Freeman PP123 23 gauge pin nailer - excellent for small trim, cabinet doors, picture frames, craft building and more. The PP123 headless pinner features an aluminum magazine and cylinder, internal air filtration, comfort grip handle, and safety lock - among other features. Rounding out the kit, Freeman Tools' PST9032 18 gauge narrow crown stapler features a 360 exhaust, anodized aluminum rail and cylinder, air filter, one-piece drive blade, no-mar pad, teflon o-rings, reversible belt hook, reload indicator, oil and wrenches. The Freeman PST9032 is ideal for decorative trim, cabinetry, cabinet backing and crafts. For added peace of mind, all Freeman tools come with a seven-year manufacturer's warranty.
    2. Senco PC1010At 20 lbs., the Senco PC1010 oil-less air compressor features an extremely lightweight and ultra quiet design. The perfect compressor for dad's garage or basement workshop, this hand carry compressor also features an electric direct drive motor for increased efficiency, 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. Only $119 at Nail Gun Depot.
    3. Hitachi WH18DL: The Hitachi WH18DL 18V lithium ion cordless impact driver packs plenty of power to handle the big - and small - DIY projects dad throws at it. With a five-year manufacturer's warranty, this cordless impact driver includes (2) 3.0ah lithium ion batteries (backwards compatible with other 18V Hitachi models), quick charger, and carrying case. This lightweight Hitachi impact driver features a class leading 1,330 inch pounds of torque, unique cool flow system for steady air flow to the motor, two step speed switch for ultimate control, easy carbon brush access, five position belt hook with built-in LED, and compact design to increase overall usability. The WH18DL is ideal for sinking deck screws, hanging doors, installing cabinets, windows and much more. Now $270 on NGD.
    4. Bostitch BTFP12233: The Stanley Bostitch BTFP12233 18 gauge pneumatic brad nailer is designed with Bostitch's patented Smart Point technology, perfect for any dad that loves to work with wood. Smart Point utilizes a special nose that is capable of reaching into tight spaces, improves visibility, and reduces work surface damage by eliminating the need to push against a surface to actuate the tool. The BTFP12233's nose is 80% smaller than other, current Bostitch nailers. Other features on the BTFP12233 brad nailer include oil-free operation, front and side bumpers, tool-free jam release, selectable trigger, rear exhaust, dial-a-depth control and a tool-free adjustable belt hook. Tool comes with carrying case, sample fasteners, 1/4" fitting, 3 no-mar tips and a belt hook with pencil sharpener - all for $119! The BTFP12233 also includes Bostitch's 7-year warranty. This 18 gauge brad nailer is perfect for installing baseboard, cabinets, casebacks, chair rail, furniture trim and much more.
    5. Paslode IM250A-Li: When it comes to Paslode's IM250A-Li lithium ion angled cordless finish nailer, no hose or compressor is required. With a five-year manufacturer's warranty, dad gets a rugged plastic carrying case, one battery, charger, safety glasses, hex wrench - and of course, the finish nailer. New lithium ion battery technology allows for more power, faster recharge times and more shots per charge. The Paslode IM250A-Li features an on/off battery lock to conserve battery life, swivel belt hook, adjustable depth of drive for precise control of nail depth, no-mar tip to protect trim surfaces and finishes, and angled magazine for easier access in tight areas. This Paslode cordless finish nailer is excellent for door and window trim, paneling, baseboard, casing, crown molding, cabinetry and door jambs. Don't forget, it does require a fuel cell and battery to operate. Get one for dad today, $355 on Nail Gun Depot.
    6. Freeman P4FNCB: For the value-minded woodworker, Freeman Tools' P4FNCB four-tool finish and trim combo kit is the perfect bundle for the DIY'er in dad. At $229, and backed by a seven-year limited manufacturer warranty, the Freeman P4FNCB includes one 16 gauge straight finish nailer (PFN64), 18 gauge 2" brad nailer with quick release (PBR50Q), 18 gauge 1-5/8" narrow crown stapler with quick release (PST9040Q), 23 gauge 1" headless micro pin nailer (PP123), 200 fasteners for each tool, safety glasses, belt hooks for each tool, oil, wrenches and manuals - all to be stored in a heavy-duty canvas bag. The Freeman PBR50Q 18 gauge brad nailer is perfect for applications that include trim installation, cabinet building, panel installation, furniture repair, baseboard mounting and more. The PBR50Q brad nailer features 360 adjustable exhaust, air filter, aluminum magazine and cylinder design, finger depth adjustment, quick jam release, and no-mar tip. The Freeman PP123 23 gauge pin nailer is excellent for small trim, cabinet doors, picture frames, craft building and more. The PP123 headless pinner features an aluminum magazine and cylinder, internal air filtration, comfort grip handle, and safety lock - among other features. The PFN64 finish nailer is designed for furniture trim, crown molding, baseboards, chair rails, window casings and more. The PFN64 features an oil-free design, no-mar tip, quick release for jams, air filter, adjustable depth, and aluminum magazine and cylinder. The PST9040Q narrow crown stapler is capable of stapling decorative trim, cabinetry and backing, and craft works. The PST9040Q offers many of the same features as its nailer counterparts - including finger depth adjustment, quick jam release, reload indicator, 360 exhaust, no-mar tip, air filter, and aluminum magazine and cylinder construction.
    7. Grex P650LX: Give dad the latest and greatest with the all-new Grex P650LX 23 gauge headless pin nailer, available on NGD for $308. Boasting the following new features: a one-touch override button that allows use of the 10 remaining reserve pins, a more powerful motor with improved contact safety, auto lock-out to prevent dry firing - includes auto lock-out override, easy load magazine, no-mar tip, rear exhaust with silencer, double trigger safety lock, lightweight aluminum body, swivel air coupler, narrow nose design, and rubber handgrip - suggested applications for the Grex P650LX micro pinner include light wood assembly, finish and trim work, molding and decorative trim, dowel and joint pinning, mirror and picture frame assembly, lightweight paneling, external softwood trim, rattan furniture, glazing strips, craft work, window beading, display work, signage and more. This item comes with a one-year limited warranty from Grex.
    8. Hitachi C7SB2: At only $99, the Hitachi C7SB2 was voted the best-value circular saw by Tauton Press. Includes a five-year manufacturer's warranty. Comes complete with rugged plastic carrying case, 24 tooth carbide tipped blade and wrench. The C7SB2 features a powerful 15 amp electric motor, bevel capacity from 0-55 degrees, one piece heavy-duty aluminum alloy base with easy to read front and side measurement scales, and non-slip rubber grip for added comfort. This Hitachi circular saw is excellent for cutting OSB, 2x4's, plywood and more -  a great addition to dad's woodshop.
    9. Bostitch BTFP72646: Perfect for any dad who loves finish and trim woodworking, the Bostitch BTFP72646 3-tool finish & trim combo kit with air compressor is designed with the DIY'er or amateur woodworker in mind. Get a complete set of pneumatic finish tools at one great price - now only $299 on Nail Gun Depot. The Stanley Bostitch BTFP72646 kit includes: 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, baseboard, shoe molding, staircases, cabinetry, paneling, housewrap, screening, upholstery, dust containment, insulation and felt paper. Includes one-year warranty from Bostitch.
    10. Senco PC1195: For $49, the Senco PC1195 mini palm nailer rounds out our list, as a cost-effective gift for dad that still packs a punch. Weighing in 50% lighter than the competition, this palm nailer features a magnetic nose for accurate nail placement, as well as a compact design for easy storage. The PC1195 is excellent for driving nails into tight spaces - for applications including joist hanging, framing, hurricane straps, fencing, decking and more.
    Don't make Father's Day more expensive than it has to be. Use promo code: FIVEOFF to receive a 5% discount off your order total.
     
    Best Of Luck Shopping For Dad,
    The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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  • New Tools For Summer On Nail Gun Depot

    Just in time for Summer, check out these new release items on Nail Gun Depot. Even better, want free tools? Check out this exclusive Nail Gun Network sneak peek at Nail Gun Depot's 15th Anniversary Bleed Orange Giveaway, which kicks off June 1st. All you have to do is make Nail Gun Depot your source for tool news, reviews and more!
    Long awaited, the Grex P650LX is now available for purchase. Featuring an updated and upgraded design, the P650LX boasts a one-touch override button that allows use of the 10 remaining reserve pins, a more powerful motor with improved contact safety, auto lock-out to prevent dry firing - includes auto lock-out override, easy load magazine, no-mar tip, rear exhaust with silencer, double trigger safety lock, lightweight aluminum body, swivel air coupler, narrow nose design, and rubber handgrip. Suggested applications for the Grex P650LX micro pinner include light wood assembly, finish and trim work, molding and decorative trim, dowel and joint pinning, mirror and picture frame assembly, lightweight paneling, external softwood trim, rattan furniture, glazing strips, craft work, window beading, display work, signage and more. The P650LX is definitely a top pick among 23 gauge pinners.
    Grex P650LX
    New to Nail Gun Depot, the Senco SLS150Mg (8C0001N) 18 gauge medium wire stapler features an ultra-lightweight design, nose mounted LED light, durable composite magazine, and magazine reload indicator. Includes wrenches, no-mar pads, safety glasses, case and plug. The Senco SLS150Mg also comes with Senco's five-year XP limited-warranty. This air-powered Senco stapler is ideal for applications including cabinets, soffits and drawer assembly.
    Senco SLS150Mg
    Featuring an improved body design and better engineering, the Hitachi NV65AH2 replaces the previous generation NV65AH. Features on the NV65AH2 include an updated depth of drive dial for precise control, adjustable exhaust, no mar tip to prevent surface damage, selective actuation, side load (tilt bottom magazine) and comfortable rubber hand grip. Applications for the Hitachi NV65AH2 coil siding nailer include siding, cement board, fence boards, deck railings and packaging. Look for the features you love on the NV65AH, with improved performance and accuracy on the NV65AH2.
    Hitachi NV65AH2
    Be sure to visit Nail Gun Depot starting June 1st, for your chance at winning Nail Gun Depot's Bleed Orange Bundle - or one of several other prizes - in our 15th Anniversary Giveaway. No purchase necessary to enter! Check back regularly for details and updates.
    Nailing Your Tool News,
    The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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  • Everything You Need To Know About Roofing Nailers

    Warmer, dryer weather means one thing - roofing season is here. At Nail Gun Depot, we've decided to dedicate the entire month of May to roofers, roofing, and everything in between. Join us as we explore everything you need to know about roofing nailers and other roofing tools - when you enter the Nail Gun Network.
    Senco RoofPro 455XP
    What makes a roofing nailer different from any other type of nail gun? The difference is in the detail. Roofing guns are built to drive nails that are appropriate for most types of asphalt and fiberglass shingles, waterproof tar paper and insulation board. Whether you are installing a new roof, or re-roofing, roofing nailers are built specifically for what they are named.
    A key feature shared between roofing guns, they are designed to drive coil nails - coil roofing nails to be precise. By using coil nails, roofing nailers can go longer between refills - reducing the need to stop and climb off a rooftop to refill the nailer's magazine. A coil magazine design also helps improve the tool's ergonomics, making it less awkward to maintain hold of while crawling around on a roof.
    MAX CN445R2 Features
    Don't be fooled, quality means everything for a roofing nailer. Most roofing contractors use their tools on a daily basis during peak roofing season, so it's essential that the tool you purchase is dependable and provides several years of worry-free service. When it comes to roofing nailers, trust the guys who know the business best. Senco offers two excellent roofing tools, the 445XP and the 455XP - paired with a five-year manufacturer's warranty for added peace of mind. The Hitachi NV45AB2 is another popular model that has withstood the test of time. Last, but certainly not least, the MAX CN445R2 (replaced by MAX CN445R3) offers roofing contractors the affordability of a competitive price point, paired with the durability of a construction-grade tool. Any of the roofing nailers we've listed above should provide several years of excellent service.
    When it comes to installing roof felt, cap coil nailers, also known as plastic cap nailers, are pivotal to any roofing operation. Cap nailers drive a coil nail in tandem with plastic cap, providing additional holding strength and protection versus a standard nail. Stinger also offers a series of cap staplers that are designed to do the same - only with staples instead of nails.
    Stinger CN100 Cap Nailer
    Next to roofing nailers, hammer tackers (hammer staplers) are a necessity for any installation where roofing paper will need to be laid before shingles are nailed into place. These slap staplers work the same way as a standard hammer, only instead of pounding a nail into place, the impact of a hammer tacker triggers the firing of a staple into the surface with which it makes contact.
    Here's To Nailing Your Next Roof Installation,
    The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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  • Troubleshooting Roof Damage Caused By Winter Weather

    We've survived another winter. As temperatures continue to rise and spring flowers blossom, some will find that winter has left one final reminder of its presence - roof damage. Find out what you need to look for once the snow has melted, to catch minor issues before they turn into major repairs. Discover how to locate and repair roof problems triggered by winter weather, when you enter the Nail Gun Network.
    Gutter Ice
    While weather in general will gradually take its toll on a roof over time, it's been found that roof problems frequently stem specifically from winter weather. The convergence of warm and cold, ice, and snow increases the amount of wear and tear on a roof. Take a look at these causes for winter roof damage.
    • Ice Dams: As melted snow refreezes and turns to ice, it typically builds up wherever there is an angle or corner in the roof - where the water has room to pool. If gutters are clogged or do not have adequate drainage, this can compound the problem. Ice dams create several potential problems. From a safety standpoint, they present potential danger to anyone that is standing below them, in the event they separate from the roof and fall. From a structural standpoint, ice dams create a significant amount of extra weight collecting at the same spot. Over the course of winter, this can loosen shingles and cause damage to gutters or woodwork that is directly exposed to this weathering agent. The additional weight can also cause structural stress - leading to leaks and possible structural damage.
    • Snow Accumulation: Small amounts of snow can actually insulate from the cold, but large accumulation (especially wet, heavy snow) creates extra weight that puts additional pressure on the roof frame and structure. Heavy snow can lead to cave-ins, collapses and other framing issues. There isn't much that can be done to prevent the amount of snow on your roof, but you can make sure your gutters and drains are flowing properly in the fall, to make sure that as snow melts it can flow away from the roof. Properly ventilating the area directly below your roof - typically an attic or crawlspace - will help to distribute heat equally, allowing snow that has accumulated on a roof to melt evenly and prevent refreezing or uneven snow melt.
    Stinger Cap Stapler
    Once the snow has melted, here's what you need to look for to see just how well your roof held up throughout the winter.
    • Loose Shingles: These are relatively easy to detect. Generally, you'll see any separation from the roof board. If the shingle has become completely separated from the roof structure, it will need to be patched or replaced with a new shingle.
    • Wood Rot: This is harder to detect. Unless a shingle has been completely removed, you probably won't see much rot. The shingle is designed to protect the wood sub-surface, so long as moisture is not able to build up underneath the shingle. In the event of ice damming, you might see damage to trimwork in the corners where ice accumulated.
    • Gutter Flow: If you noticed your gutters overflowed frequently during the winter, it might mean that the flow is being blocked by debris. It could also mean that your gutters are not large enough to handle the flow of water from your roof. It's extremely important to draw the water away from your home.
    • Leaking: Though this might seem like the easiest way to detect trouble, small leaks can often go unnoticed until they become big problems. Obviously, large damp spots on your ceiling will indicate water is coming inside. For smaller leaks, look for bubbling or discoloration in the ceiling. You can also check your attic or crawlspace to look for moisture entry.
    Senco Roofing Nailer
    If you determine your roof is in need of repair, Nail Gun Depot offers a variety of roofing nailers, cap staplers, hammer tackers and other fastening tools for roofing applications. As always, leave it to the professionals unless you have experience working with roofing. Always make safety your top priority.
    Nail Gun Depot will also be celebrating Roofing Month throughout May 2015. Take advantage of special discounts, free bonus items, and special roofing content on the Nail Gun Network.
    Your Source For Roofing Repair,
    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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  • What's A Palm Nailer Used For?

    You've probably heard of them - may have even seen one - but still don't know what a mini-palm nailer is used for. Mini-palm nailers, also known as palm nailers, are not your traditional nail gun. A member in the nailer family, palm nailers serve a different purpose than the collated nailers that most people think of when searching for a nail gun. Discover the purpose of palm nailers, how they can be used, and why you need to add one to your tool shelf - when you enter the Nail Gun Network.
    Senco PC1195 Application
    You ask, "what's a palm nailer?" To put it simply, mini-palm nailers are small pneumatic tools that drive bulk nails individually. Most palm nailers are designed to drive large framing nails, joist hanger nails or other bulk nails that are similar in size. The biggest difference between a pneumatic framing nailer and a palm nailer - collation. Traditional air-powered framing nailers drive collated gun nails, commonly known as strip nails and coil nails. These nails are held together in collation, meaning they are adhered together in a strip or coil by various bonding agents, which include metal wire, glue, paper tape or plastic. On the other hand, palm nailers drive individual, non-collated variations of these nails. And don't forget, both types of pneumatic nailer still require an air compressor to operate.
    Bostitch Palm Nailer
    This probably leaves you wondering, "why would I use a palm nailer instead of a collated nail gun?" Collated nailers are ideal for projects that require repetitive nailing in quick strokes, but because of their size, they are often too bulky to fit in tight, hard to reach spaces. That's where a mini-palm nailer can become the most useful tool in your systainer box. Palm nailers are designed to pick up where a collated nailer leaves off. Uses for palm nailers include framing, decking, fencing, metal connector straps, pole barn construction and much more - just think of them as a pneumatic nailer specifically designed to fit into hard to access spaces. A great example of an inexpensive, well-built palm nailer, check out the Senco PC1195.
    Powernail Power Palm
    Some palm nailers, such as the Powernail Power Palm, take it a step further to fill gaps in niche applications. The Power Palm is designed to drive L-Cleat flooring nails, making it a must have accessory nailer for flooring installers and general remodeling contractors. A specially designed nose makes this palm nailer ideal for applications such as blind nailing, top nailing, transitions, doors and corners.
    Your Palm Nailing Experts,
    The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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  • The Box Stapler Buying Guide For Packaging & Shipping

    You might be wondering, why haven't I heard of a carton stapler before? The simple answer, unless you manage a packing, shipping, or carton assembly operation - you probably haven't come in contact with one of these tools. Want to know what a carton closing stapler is good for? Well, it's all in the name. Learn more about the different types of carton closers and box staplers, applications they excel at, and tips to consider before purchasing - available on the Nail Gun Network.
    Bostitch Carton Closer Diagram
    Before selecting a carton stapler, you need to consider what it will be used for. Aside from the obvious - for use with cardboard - you will want to review the average volume of your operation, intervals of use, the thickness of cardboard or corrugated you are working with, and more. For business owners packing and shipping cardboard boxes in volume, most rely on their carton closing staplers to keep their operation running. Carton staplers offer increased revenue potential, efficiency, and provide a stronger seal versus other fastening agents.
    To start, take a look at the thickness of your cardboard. Cardboard boxes are typically available in single, double or triple walls. Most carton staplers can handle single walled cardboard with ease. If you are working with double or triple wall cardboard, you will need a box stapler specifically designed for thicker applications, such as the Bostitch BTFP12182 Triple Wall Carton Closing Stapler or one of the ISM 3G Series box closing tools.
    Bostitch Carton Staple Diagram
    Next, look at your operation's volume. For low volume packaging, a manual carton closing stapler might be sufficient to get the job done. For medium to high volume production, you will need either a pneumatic, electric or cordless carton stapler. In high volume applications, the option for roll staples versus the standard stick of staples is also available.
    Choosing the right staple for the task is key. The wider the crown and thicker the wire - the more secure the staple will be. Pay careful attention to the type of staple required for your application - this will ultimately determine the range of carton tools you can choose from. Look at the wire dimension (thickness), the crown (width), and the leg length.
    Now that we know the basics in choosing a carton stapler, let's look at the different types of packaging staplers that are available.

    Top Carton Staplers

    Generally speaking, top carton staplers are the most common box closing staplers - especially in low to medium volume packing and shipping facilities. Top carton staplers are excellent for high and low volume carton closing and packaging. Depending on the set up of your workspace, several businesses utilize cordless carton closers, such as the 12-Volt battery powered models by Bostitch, to decrease production time and improve versatility (remember, no hoses or cords).
    Bostitch Box Staplers

    Plier Staplers

    These self clinching staplers are designed for industrial applications in packaging, bedding, displays, set up boxes and more. Recommended for light assembly, packaging, corrugated construction and shoe-making. Plier staplers are primarily intended for manufacturing. Choose between models from Klinch-Pak, Senco, BeA, Bostitch and more.
    Senco Clinch Stapler

    Post Bottomer Carton Staplers

    Post bottom carton staplers are strictly industrial in their function. These box staplers are designed to tackle a variety of cardboard and corrugated stapling applications on assembly lines, or in designated work stations. Post bottomers are too heavy and bulky to be moved around frequently, so they are generally only used in businesses where production is in a fixed location. Choose between manually operated models, which include several options from Josef Kihlberg, or pneumatic models such as the Bostitch F84-138 manual box bottomer carton stapler.
    Josef Kihlberg Post Bottomer

    Bench Mounted Carton Staplers

    Bench mounted carton staplers are designed for light assembly, typically in manufacturing. They are excellent for clinching end flaps together, five-panel folds, overlap box closure, bag closure, tagging, shoes, and other cardboard applications requiring light assembly. Nail Gun Depot features a variety of BeA bench mounted carton staplers.
    BeA Bench Mounted Carton Stapler
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  • 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.
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