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  • New Tool News - Fasco's RoofLoc System

    New from Fasco, the F58AC RoofLoc75 metal roofing tool is intended to revolutionize the way roofers install metal roofing. Designed to work perfectly with Fasco's latest RoofLoc Scrails, get the latest in tool news and innovation, when you visit the Nail Gun Network.
    Fasco F58AC RoofLoc-75
    The Fasco F58AC RoofLoc75 metal roofing tool offers a lightweight body, and is easy to handle, driving 0 degree RoofLoc Scrail plastic sheet strips from 1-1/2" to 3" in length. Intended for metal roofing, the RoofLoc75 is faster and more reliable than either bulk or collated screw systems. The Fasco F58AC fires one RoofLoc Scrail at a time and features a rear loading magazine with a capacity of 30 scrails. Air consumption for each shot is 90 PSI. The Fasco RoofLoc System uses EPDM leak proof washers that are resistant to cold and hot temperatures, from -40 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. This Fasco roofing scrailer is meant for attaching metal roof to wood and comes with a one-year warranty from Fasco.
    RoofLoc Scrail
    Some basic specs on this all-new tool, the F58AC RoofLoc75 features:
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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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  • Father's Day Project: Build A Frame For Your Wall-Mount TV

    Looking for a project to do with dad this Father's Day? You've seen the gift guide, know the date (June 21st - just in case it slipped your mind), but why not take it a step further and spruce up pop's "man cave" with an easy woodworking project that's perfect for dad, son, and even grandpa to do together? That's right, if you couldn't guess from the title of this post, we're talking about crafting a frame for dad's wall-mounted flatscreen TV. Learn what it takes to make this project count, the tools you'll need, and more - right here on the Nail Gun Network.
    Let's start with the basics. You'll need an 18 gauge brad nailer and brad nails, a 23 gauge pin nailer and micro pins, some wood glue, a tape measure and a miter saw - oh, and of course, the wood for your frame and molding. Once the frame is complete, you'll probably also want to stain or paint it, and add felt strips to the inside of the box to prevent scratching the TV once it's inside. Mounting elastic bands (or something similar) to the back of the frame will help to keep the box level and prevent any slipping.
    Grex Pin Nailer
    To start the project, you'll need to measure the dimensions of the television itself. Don't forget to measure depth too, to determine how thick the frame needs to be. Dimensions should be about 1/8" larger than the television itself. Once you've cut the box, you'll use wood glue and brad nails to secure the frame.
    At this point, you have two options, you can simply stain or paint the frame, add the felt lining and elastic bands on the back to prevent slippage, and insert around the TV - or you can cut decorative trim to dress up the box frame and give it additional visual appeal.
    TV
    If you opt for decorative molding, leaving the 1/8" overlap where molding meets the frame, add twice that amount to the dimensions of molding that you cut. Make your miter cuts to the flat side of your molding - this will be integral to achieving a picture frame look for the final appearance. Use a pin nailer and micro pin nails to fasten your molding to the frame. You can also use some additional wood glue to help seal the molding where it meets at the corners of your frame.
    All that's left is to mount the television and enjoy.
    PROJECT NOTE: Remember that the TV needs to still be mounted to it's manufacturer specified mount. The decorative frame is NOT a substitute mount for the television.
    Freeman P7TRKTM
    If you're looking for a great start to this project, the Freeman Tools P7TRKTM 3-Tool Combo Kit includes most of the items required to handle this project. With a brad nailer, pin nailer and tape measure included, give dad a new set of tools to go with his brand new flatscreen TV frame.
    Wishing An Early Happy Father's Day To All,
    The Team At Nail Gun Depot
    To leave the 1/8-in. reveal where the molding overlaps the frame, so weÔÇÖre adding twice that amountÔÇöor 1/4 inchÔÇöto the dimensions we cut. These miter cuts are made on the flat side of the molding so the pieces create the picture-frame look when they all go together. The frame can be fastened to the box with finish nails. - See more at: http://extremehowto.com/flat-tv-screen-frame/?page=all#sthash.LGvTXQeY.dpuf
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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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  • 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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    The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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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.
    Providing The Knowledge To Prevent A Screw Up,
    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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  • Contractor Tips For Homeowner Renovation & Remodeling

    Wrapping up remodeling month on Nail Gun Depot, let's hear from the experts - the contractors who tackle home renovation projects daily. Get insight from the professionals, when you learn the do's and don'ts in home remodeling, here on the Nail Gun Network.
    Interior Renovation
    • Don't Delay Progress - Taking too long to decide on materials, colors and other general design aesthetics can really slow progress. It's important to be comfortable with your choices, but being too indecisive can ultimately put the brakes on a renovation project. Likewise, be careful not to backtrack by making major changes mid-project. Making changes after materials have been purchased and installed can be costly, adding unnecessary expense.
    • Do Purchase Your Own Materials - Depending on who you talk to, you will get different points of view on this subject. The real decision ultimately hinges on your level of comfort. If you are an avid DIYer, you might prefer to shop for your own materials to guarantee 100 percent control over cost. Most contractors will mark up the materials they purchase - however, letting someone else take care of procuring materials can be much more convenient, and will better ensure correct items are purchased on the first try.
    • Don't Start A Major Renovation Without Emergency Funds - An emergency fund - also known as a contingency fund - is an absolute must for any major renovation or remodeling project, especially in older structures or homes that have not been maintained. When a homeowner starts thinking about renovating, they don't often think about the hidden problems that demolition might uncover. Rotten wood, mold, faulty electrical, and other structural imperfections are all very common risks that remodeling can uncover. To ensure these issues can be repaired properly, it's important to set funds aside ahead of time. Most recommend setting at least an additional 5 percent of your overall budget aside.
    • Do Live Elsewhere - During a major renovation, most homeowners prefer to keep away from the construction. This makes it easier for a contractor to move around without disrupting occupants. It also makes it easier for the homeowner to live comfortably. Sometimes, a costly renovation does not leave the option to live elsewhere. If this is the case, try to find a comfortable retreat away from the hustle and bustle of construction.
    • Don't Take On A Project You Aren't Comfortable With - When in doubt, leave it to the professionals. More often than not, if you don't have a firm understanding of what you are doing, a contractor will end up getting involved anyway - fixing mistakes. Some projects are more complex than others, so know your limitations from the start. For many DIYer's taking on their first big remodel, consider consulting with a contractor as you move through the motions of your project - even if you do most of the labor yourself.
    Bostitch Framing Nailer
    These and other tips should set the foundation for success in any home renovation or remodel. For advice on the tools to take on your remodeling project, consult the Nail Gun Network or contact a specialist at Nail Gun Depot!
     
    Your Tips, Tricks & Tools Experts,
    The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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  • DIY Tips: How To Install Flawless Drywall

    In honor of Nail Gun Depot's Screw Gun Showdown, let's take a look at one of the top uses for a screw fastening system, installing drywall. An important step in any major home renovation or remodeling project, knowing how to install drywall can save time and money. Learn how to install drywall, the best tools for the job, and other useful DIY tips - here on the Nail Gun Network.
    Quik Drive Drywall Attachment
    Most new construction projects mandate the use of drywall screws when installing drywall. Screws are certainly ideal, as their thread provides better holding power - especially in climates where wood is prone to expand and contract regularly. In some circumstances, drywall nails can be used to hang wallboard, but beware, over time nail popping and other imperfections to the wall might occur as the wood frame expands and contracts. For long-term quality, we recommend using collated drywall screws and a screw gun - for fast, easy, cost-effective drywall installation. Senco DuraSpin and Simpson Quik Drive are two competitive screw fastening systems that continue to offer best-in-class performance.
    Project Note: Most Drywall Screws Require A Phillips Drive.
    Another benefit to using screws over nails for drywall installation, it generally takes less screws to complete the project. Be certain to consult your local building code before beginning installation of drywall, as different regions have different requirements. Beyond building code, don't fall victim to silly, yet expensive errors.
    Senco DuraSpin Drywall Installation
    Even for beginners, drywall installation is relatively easy to pick up. Just pay careful attention to the following:
    • Prior to installation, make sure the lumber you are fastening drywall board to is within an acceptable range of moisture content, less than 19 percent by most standards. As damp wood dries out, it can lead to popping of fasteners - and splitting at seams.
    • Don't overlook sagging panels - particularly when installing a ceiling. Make sure to drive extra screws into place while pressing firmly on the loose board. In some extreme cases, an additional brace or bracket may be required to guarantee a firm fit. Likewise, watch for bulging at your vertical seams. If the drywall board swells at the seam - once it has been taped and sealed - it may require sanding. You can prevent this issue by ensuring there is no gap between drywall boards during installation.
    • Don't take the easy route when it comes to corners. Use a corner guard versus drywall tape and spackle. A corner guard will hold up better in the long run and is typically easier to work with than tape. You should also mark your studs and joists prior to installation of a drywall board. This will help improve the accuracy of your drive and will prevent additional repair work in problem areas.
    • Watch for imperfections in drywall tape. Don't ignore bubbles, streaks, splits or other noticeable imperfections in drywall tape as it is laid. If air is allowed between the tape and base, it will lead to separation later on. Tape that is not secured properly can eventually peel and will require repair and repainting. In areas where warm and cold air are allowed to converge regularly, eventual loosening and separation of tape from the drywall base is almost inevitable.
    • Make sure your screw gun is set to the proper depth. Depending on the thickness of the board, determine the appropriate screw length and depth adjustment for your tool. Driving too deep can cause noticeable divets in the drywall. Driving too short leaves the screw's head protruding. If installed properly, the screw's head should sit slightly below the drywall surface - leaving just enough room for compound to smooth the surface.
    Drywall Board
    To recap, make sure your framing is dry, mark your studs and joists for accurate drive locations, hold the drywall board firmly against the wood frame while fastening in place, line up boards for accuracy, scan and repair imperfections, and enjoy.
    Here's To Flawless DIY Drywall,
    The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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