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  • How To Select The Right Finish Nailer For Your Project

    Shopping for a new finish nailer can be a daunting task if you haven't done your homework first. While many models look and feel very similar, there are certain features that set one finish nailer apart from the other. Depending on your needs, this can play a major role in making an informed decision - leading to a purchase. Let's take a look at the differences between certain types of finishing nail guns.
    Bostitch Smart Point
    Let's start with 15 gauge finish nailers. These tools are ideal for projects such as cabinet and furniture building, picture frame assembly, trim and molding installation, and upholstery trim applications. Look for an angled nail magazine on most 15 gauge finish nailers. While there aren't many cordless 15 gauge models available, the Senco F-15 Fusion fills the void - quite well - eliminating the need for an air compressor with its 18V Lithium Ion Battery. Furthermore, the Senco Fusion (available in 15 gauge, 16 gauge - straight and angled, and 18 gauge variations) recently took top honors in a comparison test conducted by Popular Mechanics Magazine.
    Senco Fusion
    Similarly, 16 gauge finish nailers are ideal for many of the same applications as their 15 gauge counterpart. This includes projects such as installing door and window trim, baseboards, paneling, crown modeling, door jambs and more. The biggest difference between the two tools, 16 gauge finish nailers are generally smaller and lighter. Because 16 gauge nails have a slightly smaller diameter, many believe that the 15 gauge nail provides more holding power - depending on the type project you are looking to complete. You can find a wide variety of both angled and straight magazine 16 gauge finish nailers. Another cordless tool that ranks highly with contractors, the Paslode IM250A-Li drives 16 gauge angled finish nails and comes with a five-year warranty from Paslode.
    Paslode IM250A-Li
    Arguably, the most popular among finish nailer buyers who are purchasing a tool for DIY or occasional-use, 18 gauge brad nailers are built to handle trim, paneling, furniture repair and so much more. Brad nailers act as the catch-all tool for finish and trim applications. Keep in mind, brad nailers that can handle a 2" or larger fastener lend the most versatility. One of our favorites, Bostitch recently launched its Smart Point line of finsh and brad nailers. These tools are pneumatic, which means you'll need an air compressor, but offer some of the most precise nail placement available. The advantage to Smart Point, a narrow nose allows the user to access hard to reach areas with ease - while also reducing surface damage caused during firing. Similar to the Fusion family, Bostitch offers a Smart Point nailer in 15 gauge (DA and FN), 16 gauge, and 18 gauge variations.
    Bostitch Smart Point Nose
    Last in the finish fastening family, pin nailers offer the least holding power, but are perfect for projects that require a small nail, such as those used in birdhouse building, small trim, picture frame work, and light wood assembly. Commonly available in either a 21 gauge or 23 gauge variation - 23 gauge being most popular - pin nailers are ideal for any application that requires a narrow fastener. Pin nails are also available in both headless and headed variations, just be sure that the tool you are using is compatible with the fastener you are intending to use. When it comes to pin nailers, Grex maintains a commanding share of the market - offering six different models of 23 gauge pin nailer. Affordable and reliable, Grex pin nailers are a safe choice for any first-time buyer.
    Grex 23 Gauge Pin Nailers
    Now that you know the difference between finish, brad and pin nailers - which one best suits you?
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  • Nail Gun Depot's Construction & Manufacturing Tool Index

    Shopping for a particular tool or fastener? Need to find what you're looking for quickly? You've come to the right spot. Welcome to Nail Gun Depot's construction and manufacturing industry index for tools! This week, let's take a look at some of the larger industries we serve - giving you a fast pass to the tools and fasteners you need.
    Framing Nailer
    General Construction:
    Framing: Need a nailer for framing or sheathing? Choose from a selection of paper strip, wire strip, plastic strip, wire coil and Roundrive framing nailers and nails.
    Drywall: Do you drywall frequently? Get the best in auto-feed screw guns for drywall and more. Battery-powered and electric variations available.
    Decking: Collated and single drive deck screw guns available from CAMO, Senco, QuikDrive and others.
    Floor Installation: Choose between hardwood nailers, flooring staplers and carpet staplers for flooring installation. You can even find specialty attachments for some of your favorite flooring tools.
    Roofing: From roofing nailers to hammer tackers, we've got the roofing tools you need. Don't forget to check out our selection of cap button staplers for roofing felt and housewrap!
    Siding: Similar to a roofing nailer or coil framing nailer, a siding (or fencing) nailer is ideal for fence board, siding, decking and other structural applications.
    Sheathing & Insulation: We offer a wide variety of medium crown staplers and wide crown staplers to choose from, for sheathing and more.
    Concrete | Steel Nailing: Choose from a wide variety of concrete | steel T-Nailers and pinners. Now available, Nail Gun Depot has recently expanded its selection of fastening tools for foam board to concrete and steel applications.
    Rebar Tying: For heavy-duty concrete fastening, rebar tiers are perfect for pre-cast concrete products, building foundations, road & bridge construction, floors & walls, retaining walls and swimming pool walls.
    Senco Fusion Finish Nailer
    Renovation and Remodeling:
    Finish & Trim: Need a finish, brad or pin nailer for molding, furniture assembly or light woodworking? We have more than 60 models to choose from. And don't worry if you prefer a finish stapler, we have over 30 fine wire staplers and narrow crown staplers to choose from too.
    Upholstering & Fabric Fastening: Choose from a variety of electric and pneumatic upholstery staplers at Nail Gun Depot. For hard to reach areas, a selection of long nose upholstery staplers are also available!
     
    Bostitch Cordless Carton Closer
    Manufacturing:
    Pallet & Crate Assembly: Another member of the framing nailer family, pallet and crating nailers are designed specifically for the assembly and repair of pallets and crates. These nailers are also commonly used in manufacturing or high-volume production environments.
    Packaging: Managing a shipping facility of fulfillment center? Save time, energy and expense with packaging tools such as top carton closers (also known as carton closing staplers), plier staplers and more. Choose between cordless, pneumatic and manual box closing tools.
    Bedding: For box spring and a mattress assembly, a bedding stapler is an absolute must-have tool. These tools are designed for spring to frame fastening.
    Corrugated: A hybrid design in fastening, corrugated fastening tools work great for butt joints in cabinet and furniture frames, truss construction, picture frames, wood boxes, pallets and pallet repair.
    Bag Closing & Automotive Upholstery: For mass assembly, including automotive upholstery and bag closing applications, hog ring pliers (also known as C-ring tools) are designed to clamp a variety of fabric and metal materials together. These tools are perfect for tagging.
    Specialty: From tube closing clinch staplers to bar code and label staplers, Nail Gun Depot is continually expanding its selection of specialty tools from fabricators and niche manufacturers.
     
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  • New On Nail Gun Depot - Tools

    Every now and then, we like to talk about some of the new and exciting tools we've added to our collection, here at Nail Gun Depot. As we wrap up the summer and prepare for fall, let's look at some of our most recent additions to Nail Gun Depot.
    Let's start with a tool for industrial applications, BeA's Bar Code and Label Stapling tool, designed specifically for lumber tagging applications. The BeA 380/10-400 is a 20 gauge bar code & label stapler that is designed for use with 3/8" x 1/2" crown BeA 80 Series fine wire staples. Intended for lumber tagging, this tool is excellent for lumber yards and distribution centers. With a heritage of producing tools for industrial manufacturing, BeA offers a comprehensive selection of manual and automated stapling, corrugated and hog ring tools. The BeA 380/10-400 makes bar code stapling easy, featuring one-handed operation and a compact, full-metal design. This tool applies a label and staple at the same time for fast, efficient use.
    BeA Bar Code Tagging Stapler
    For the DIY'er, renovator or woodworker, check out the Cadex CB18.50A, 18 gauge brad nailer (replaced by Cadex V2/18.50 18 gauge brad nailer). New to Nail Gun Depot, this brad nailer is engineered for smooth, quiet, compact operation. This tool features a unique built-in air blower that can be used to clear dust and debris from an application area. Other features on the CB18.50A include combination trigger for single and bump fire, large magazine window, quick release nose for jam clearing, side-load magazine, adjustable depth, comfort grip handle, rear exhaust, 360 degree movable coupler, no-mar tip, anti-dry fire mechanism, and a carrying case. The Cadex CB18.50A is perfect for furniture, door and window, beading, cabinet and drawer assembly, boat construction, skirting board fixing, wire covers, matchboarding, shoemaking, panel and frame assembly, trim panels and decorative trim.
    Cadex CB18.50A
    Another specialty tool worth looking at, the Jaaco NPCN-7312 wire coil concrete and steel ballistic pin nailer is designed for securing foam/insulation board to steel, concrete or block. This NailPro tool from Jaaco drives 15 degree 1-1/4" to 3-1/2" ballistic pins with optional washers and attachments available. Additional applications for the Jaaco NPCN-7312 include stucco into steel (washer curves to avoid damaging the surface), with knurled pins featuring surface etching to allow for steel penetration and a ballistic or rounded point for entry. Click here to see a tool demonstration.
    Jaaco NPCN-7312
    New technology with an even newer deal, Senco is now offering the DS215-18V DuraSpin cordless screw gun with a FREE 18V cut-out saw, when you purchase a DS215-18V DuraSpin Promo Kit. A limited-quantity deal from Senco, get the best in cordless screw guns with Senco's DS-215 DuraSpin, which is capable of driving up to 2" collated screws with 5,000 RPM's of power. Users agree that this tool is perfect for drywall installation, subflooring, cement board, underlayment, sheathing to steel, metal framing, steel decking and rigid foam insulation. Take advantage now, while supplies last.
     
    Senco DS215-18V DuraSpin Promo Kit
    Another game changer in the screw gun industry, CAMO tools is now offering its Edge Pro hidden fastening system for decks. With just enough time to rehab your deck before winter, the CAMO Edge Pro allows you to seamlessly install a wide variety of wood, composite or PVC 1" to 1-1/2" deckboards, driving each deck screw at a 45 degree angle into the edge of the deckboard - to provide a fastener-free decking surface. Previously available for use with individual screws only, the Edge Pro is designed to drive CAMO 2-3/8" ProTech coated, collated carbon-steel deck screws. Secondary spacers can also be used for additional gap options.
     
    CAMO Edge Pro System
     
     
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  • The MAX Tools Buying Guide On Nail Gun Depot

    This year, MAX Tools USA is celebrating its 20th anniversary of serving the construction, renovation and manufacturing trades of North America. A brand recognized for the quality, integrity and durability of its tools, MAX is among the best power fastening tool manufacturers within the industry. Learn about some of MAX's top tools to own, right here on the Nail Gun Network.

    MAX 20th Anniversary

    Let's start small and work our way up, as we introduce MAX's line of finish nailers and staplers.The MAX NF565/16 16 gauge finish nailer, weighing in at only 3.5 lbs., is among the lightest in its class. A powerful motor and patented drive system ensures consistent driving - despite the intensity of an application. The NF565/16 features a selectable trigger for sequential or bump fire operation, on board depth control, easy jam clearing system, belt hook and 360 degree adjustable exhaust - to direct air away from user. Applications for this tool include door and window casings, decorative boards, panel assembly, moldings, furniture assembly, case back fastening, blind pinning and cabinet assembly.

    MAX Finish Tools

    Likewise, the MAX NF255F/18 18 Gauge Brad Nailer features a thread style driver unit, high composite bumper, and slim body - easily reaching into tight quarters. A selectable trigger allows this tool to fire sequentially or upon contact. As with most brad nailers, the MAX NF255F/18 excels at applications including: door and window casings, plywood, decorative boards, interior finish work, panel assembly, moldings, subflooring, furniture assembly including drawer case-back nailing, blind pinning, cabinet assembly and other finishing projects.

    Shifting gears, finish staplers are quickly becoming a popular alternative to finish nailers. The MAX TA238A/18-6 narrow crown finish stapler is no exception to this trend. Featuring a one-inch slim nose, rapid fire trigger valve, lock out mechanism, fastener window, rear exhaust, trigger lock and comfortable rubber grip - you'll definitely want to keep an eye on this pneumatic stapler. Keep in mind, finish staplers are perfect for door and window casings, molding, underlayment, cabinet assembly and soffits - among other finishing projects.
     
    MAX Finish Tool

    Moving on to larger tools, MAX offers a wide selection of framing, roofing, pallet and concrete nailers to choose from. While we don't have the space to cover each product, the following products are a few industry favorites.

    MAX Logo

    Looking for a lightweight framing nailer? Look no further than the MAX SN883RH2 (replaced by MAX SN883RH3). Featuring a patented, double-fire mechanism for increased safety, an adjustable depth control, maintenance free end cap filter, aggressive sawtooth safety, comfortable rubber hand grip, trigger lock and magnetic nose - this tool sits at the top of our list for quality, affordable framing tools. Don't take our word for it, see what Tools of the Trade Magazine says about the SN883RH2.

    MAX SN883RH2

    If you are manufacturing pallets or crates, check out the MAX CN70 coil pallet nailer. Available with or without a magazine assembly, depending on the application it is being used for, the CN70 features a heavy-duty dust cover, body protector, adjustable exhaust, metal nail tray, narrow nose for accurate nail placement, comfort grip and tough nylon magazine - making it perfect for pallet building, crating, fencing, framing, sheathing, subflooring and more.

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    Last, but certainly not least, refreshed and updated, the MAX CN565S2 SuperSider coil siding nailer is lighter weight, more durable and less expensive that its predecessor. At only 5 lbs., this tool is easy to handle for extended periods of time, and features a maintenance free end cap filter - to prevent dust and debris from entering the tool, easy-load magazine, adjustable depth of drive, adjustable exhaust, anti-double fire mechanism and non-marring contact tip. Look to use this pneumatic tool for high-volume siding, fencing, exterior trim, sheathing, subfloor, roof decking, exterior decking, furring and strapping applications.

     

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  • What's In The Ultimate Construction Kit?

    The Ultimate Construction Kit is here, find out why it could be the best thing to happen to your workshop - right here.

     

    So you've seen the banners and read the news, but what exactly makes the Ultimate Construction Kit... ultimate? A comprehensive collection of tools, this kit includes some of the best-selling, hottest new items Nail Gun Depot has to offer. Whether you are a contractor or a DIYer, this kit includes the tools you need to get your woodworking project done right. From framing to finishing, the Ultimate Construction Kit has you covered.

     

    Let's take a look at the tools that make this kit a hit:

     

    We start with the MAX Finish & Trim Combo Kit. A pair of MAX nailers and a stapler, the MAX NF255F/18 18 gauge brad nailer drives brad nails from 5/8" to 2-1/8" in length and features a compact and well balanced design, durable thread style driver unit, high composite bumper and slim body. This brad nailer is excellent for door and window casings, plywood, decorative boards, interior finish work, panel assembly, moldings, subflooring, furniture assembly including drawer, case back nailing, blind pinning, cabinet assembly and other finishing works.

     

    Next in the lineup, the MAX TA238A/18-6 narrow crown finish stapler drives 1/4" crown 18 gauge staples from 3/4" to 1-1/2" in length. Like most MAX tools, this finish stapler offers a powerful, lightweight and durable design. A one-inch slim nose allows for precise fastener placement. Additional features include a rapid fire trigger valve, lock out mechanism, fastener window, rear exhaust, trigger lock and comfortable rubber grip. The MAX TA238A/18-6 is excellent for door and window casings, molding, underlayment, cabinet assembly, soffits and many other finish applications.

     

    Last of the MAX tools, the NF565/16 straight finish nailer drives 16 gauge finish nails from 1-1/4" to 2-1/2" in length. At only 3.5 pounds, this compact finishing nailer is among the lightest in its class. A powerful motor and patented drive system ensures consistent driving - despite the application. The NF565/16 features a selectable trigger for sequential or bump fire operation, on board depth control, easy jam clearing system, belt hook and 360 degree adjustable exhaust to direct air away from user or application.

     
    We couldn't call this the Ultimate Construction Kit without including a Paslode tool. With the company celebrating its 50th anniversary of service to the construction industry, we thought, what better tool to include than the Paslode 50th Anniversary Framing Nailer (replaced by Paslode F-350P PowerMaster Pro Framing Nailer - 515000). Paslode's 50th Anniversary F-350S air-powered framing nailer, drives paper tape framing nails from 2" to 3-1/2" in length, and is designed with a unique Paslode orange color scheme. It runs both Paslode clipped head and RounDrive nails - featuring a compact design that fits between joists, studs and rafters, and a new valve design for durability and increased power - carried over from the F-350S. The 50th anniversary model also features a built-in rafter hook, comfortable molded hand grip, and adjustable depth of drive to control nail depth - perfect for framing, wall sheathing, roof sheathing and floor decking.
     
    For small trim work, we've included the Grex P630, a 23 gauge headless micropinner that drives pin nails ranging from 3/8" to 1-3/16" in length. The Grex P630 also features an auto-adjust fastener mechanism, comfortable hand grip, and double trigger to prevent accidental firing - perfect for rattan furniture production, light wood assembly, finish and trim work, decorative trim, window beading, picture frames, craft work and more.
     
    Now that you have all these pneumatic fastening tools, how are you going to power them? Introducing the Senco PC1280, 6 gallon pancake air compressor. Electric powered, it creates 2.8 SCFM of power at 90 PSI. The PC1280 features an oil free pump design, is fully shrouded to protect components, draws only 12 amps to avoid tripping circuit breakers, has dual couplers to run two hoses at the same time, includes integrated control panel with highly visible gauges, and boasts a pancake tank design to keep the compressor compact and balanced. This Senco air compressor is excellent for finish and trim - just hook up your pneumatic tools.
     
    A final, yet very important addition to the Ultimate Construction Kit, we've included Senco's top-of-the-line DS312-18V DuraSpin Screw Gun. This cordless, collated screw gun works with a wide range of DuraSpin screws, making it the perfect choice for a variety of applications. The DS312-18V drives 1" to 3" Senco DuraSpin collated screws and comes complete with two 18V Li-ion batteries, charger, two drive bits, drywall and wood nosepiece, and storage bag. Features include tool-free screw length adjustment, quick slide button bit release, high torque 2,500 RPM motor, patented corner fit feed system for wall and corner accessibility, precision adjustable depth of drive with depth lock, variable speed trigger with lock, belt hook and comfort hand grip. This Senco DuraSpin screw gun is excellent for drywall (to wood or steel studs), subfloor, cement board, wood decking, underlayment, sheathing to steel, metal framing, structural steel, decking and rigid foam insulation.
     
    Now that you know what makes this kit ultimate, arm yourself with the best tools to get the job done right.
     
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  • Bostitch Releases New Smart Point Finish & Brad Nailers

    Have you heard the news? Bostitch is at it again! This time, they've announced their latest, Smart Point technology, a whole new system to drive finish and brad nails. A product of Smart Point, Bostitch has released four new nailers, an 18 Gauge Brad Nailer (BTFP12233), 16 Gauge Finish Nailer (BTFP71917), 15 Gauge DA Angled Finish Nailer (BTFP72155) and a 15 Gauge FN Angled Finish Nailer (BTFP72156). Each of these tools also feature 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. The two 15 gauge models also include an air blower and 16" on-center gauge. Bostitch fans and first-time users alike, Smart Point technology makes using a finish or brad nailer easier than ever.
     
    What's the benefit to Smart Point? The most noticeable difference of Smart Point versus other Bostitch nail guns, Smart Point reaches into tight spaces - these new nailers feature a nose that is 80% smaller than existing Bostitch nail guns. Other benefits include improved visibility - the tool lets you see where a nail is driven - and reduced surface damage - tool eliminates the need to push against a work surface to actuate.
     
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  • The Nail Gun Buyer's Guide

    If you've come to the Nail Gun Depot, chances are you know what a nail gun is, what it does, and how it is used. Nailers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, designed to fulfill tasks that range from framing to finishing to flooring - depending on the user's needs. With a variety of options available, which tool is right for you? Find out the features you need, to take on the projects you want to build, right here.

     

    Let's start by covering the types of nail guns or nailers you might encounter:

    From top-to-bottom, the largest of the nail gun family is the framing nailer. Framing nailers are built to tackle large jobs that require heavy duty fasteners (nails) - such as framing, fencing and pallet building. The industries that benefit most from this type of tool include home-building, construction and manufacturing. Similar to the framing nailer, roofing nailers are almost identical in appearance, however these nail guns are designed specifically to fastening roofing shingles.

    For projects that are a bit less intense, finish nailers are recommended for jobs such as door and window trim, paneling, baseboard, casing, crown molding, furniture, shelving and cabinetry. A close relative to finish nail guns, brad nailers drive an even smaller - brad - nail, and are designed for small trim work and furniture repair. Typically, using a brad nail gun will prevent the need for wood putty to cover up a hole where the fastener has been driven - but these nailers can only be used on lighter-duty projects, since the fastener is not as large as a finish nail. Last but not least, a pin nailer might be your best option for crafting or small trim projects, such as cabinet doors and bird house building. For anyone in renovation or remodeling, having a good finish and brad nailer is key to success.

    Designed specifically for hardwood and laminate floor installation, floor nailers are the last of the commonplace nail guns that most contractors or DIYer's will require. These nailers are built to install a variety of hardwood floor sizes and thicknesses. Typically activated with a mallet, floor nailers are only built for flooring applications. Find Your Nailer Now

     

    Pneumatic or Cordless?

    The age old debate between contractors, do I want a cordless nailer or a pneumatic, air-powered nail gun? Most heavy-duty nail gun users swear by pneumatic tools, as they are generally a bit more reliable and do not require re-charging on the job site. The downside to a pneumatic tool, it requires the use of an air compressor. For workshop woodworkers, using nailers such as finish, brad and pin models, a small compressor such as the Senco PC1010 will be more than capable. For heavy-duty, high-intensity use on a construction site, look to a larger compressor such as the Senco PC0970, as it has a larger tank and is capable of providing enough air-pressure for larger tools - including framing nailers.

    If you choose a cordless nail gun, you will need to keep a battery charger handy to keep your tool running - once the battery wears down. Cordless framing nailers also require a fuel cell to provide the necessary pressure to drive a fastener. The benefit to a cordless tool, you can reach beyond the length of an air hose and can get into tighter, hard to reach areas. You also eliminate the need for an air compressor with a battery-powered nailing tool. This is generally the appeal that makes these types of tools desirable to DIY builders.

     

    Terms to look for when shopping for your next nail gun:

    You'll more than likely encounter some - or all - of the following terms, when comparing nailers.One of the most important features you will want to look for, an adjustable depth of drive lets you select how far you want your nail (or other fastener) driven into the object you are fastening. Another option to look for, directional exhaust plates allow you to select the direct your tool shoots it's exhaust - this feature is particularly beneficial in dusty areas. Last, but not least, you will also want to be sure your nailer has a jam clearing feature - to avoid lost time and/or costly repairs if/when your tool jams.

    Depending on the job your are working on, pay attention to features such as trigger size (if you wear gloves while working), easy adjustment for different nail or fastener sizes, and a rugged exterior design to handle the projects you throw at your nailer.

    Keep an eye out for brands such as Senco, Paslode, Hitachi, Bostitch and MAX, as these manufacturers all have a strong track record for building reliable, long-lasting tools. Also keep an eye out for the length of warranty offered by a manufacturer. Most brands will come with a one-year limited warranty, but certain tools go above and beyond - such as Senco's XP (XtremePro) line of nailers that include a five-year limited warranty, or Bostitch's seven-year limited warranty that is offered on select tools.

     

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  • Tools And Projects That Are Worth The Investment

    Are you getting ready to start a new home improvement project, know the category of tool you need, but can't decide whether it's worth spending extra to get a top of the line model? We usually talk about tool categories for a project, but what about the features of a tool that makes it unique to the competition? Today, we're going to focus on a few of our favorite tools to splurge on, paired with the projects they are built to tackle. Learn which tools and projects are worth the investment.

    Let's start from the ground up, finding the right Framing Nailer to fasten the bones or frame of your project. One of the most popular choices according to Nail Gun Depot's customers, the Paslode CF325Li (902600) cordless framing nailer (replaced by Paslode CF325XP) is built to handle heavy duty work, with long term success. This framing nail gun drives 2" to 3-1/4" 30 degree paper tape strip nails without a cord or compressor. Powered by a fuel cell and rechargeable battery, reach the unreachable - this is the perfect framing tool for tight fitting spaces. Thinking about finishing a basement? This Paslode is the perfect tool to frame your walls. The CF325Li is a popular, contractor grade tool that gets a thumbs up from our customers.

    Once framing is complete, most contractors will use a screw gun to attach drywall to the wood studs. Available in both battery-powered and electrical-powered variations, the Senco DuraSpin Collated Screw System is among the most popular options available on the market today. Trusted by contractors for their quality and versatility, Senco's DuraSpin screw guns drive a range of collated screws from 5/8" to 3" in size. If you're in the market, look at the DS312-18V or DS332-AC to maximize the available range of screws accepted.

    PROJECT NOTE: If finishing a basement, stick to the basics. Less is more in many instances. Putting a lot of intricate detail and fancy upgrades into a basement does not typically return the investment. Unless budget is no object, look at tasteful updates that will boost resale value.

    Another popular upgrade, you might be looking to install new hardwood floors in your home. Hardwood flooring can add big value to a home and can help make it more attractive to a prospective buyer, if it is done correctly. Starting a hardwood installation properly means using tools to get the job done right - which is exactly why we recommend our next tool to splurge on. Known for making quality flooring tools, the Bostitch MIIIFS Hardwood Floor Stapler is one of the best-selling floor staplers offered at Nail Gun Depot. This flooring stapler has passed the test of time - and comes with a seven-year warranty to support its reputation. A quality pneumatic tool, the MIIIFS drives 15.5 gauge 1/2" crown flooring staples from 1-1/2" to 2" in length.

    PROJECT NOTE: Be sure to know the thickness of the floors you are installing. The typical range of thickness is 1/2" to 3/4" flooring, though other variations are available. Compare different breeds of wood to see which hardwood floor will match your walls and furniture best.

    Ready for small, around the house updates? For trim, molding, shelves, cabinets and more, you'll be looking for either a Finish or Brad Nailer. Once again, Senco is at the top of our must-have tool list with their Fusion line of Cordless Finish and Brad Nailers, which are among the most competitive options available to the market today. Models of the Fusion include the F-15, a 15 Gauge Angled Finish Nailer; the F-16A, a 16 Gauge Angled Finish Nailer; the F-16S, a 16 Gauge Straight Finish Nailer; and the F-18, an 18 Gauge Brad Nailer. These battery-powered finishing tools have been recognized by top-tier industry publications including Popular Mechanics and the Journal of Light Construction, thanks to their durability, versatility and available features.

    PROJECT NOTE: Adding crown molding to your home can infinitely improve appearance - and even boost resale value. This is an inexpensive upgrade that can payoff big when trying to sell your home. Look to match crown molding and baseboards for an aesthetically pleasing design. When working with a dining room or living space, consider adding a matching chair rail too.

    Last but not least, you have a fresh, new look for your home, but need some new furniture and decor to add that final, personal touch. When you've run out of ways to improve your house itself, look for ways to compliment its design - through decor. One way to do this is through refinishing and reupholstering furniture. For all of your upholstery work, make sure you choose a staple gun with the capability to take on a wide range of projects, which is why we recommend the Duo-Fast EIC-3118 (66118) 22 Gauge Electric Upholstery Stapler (replaced by Fasco-Maestri 7C-16 3/8" Crown Electric Stapler). This Duo-Fast upholstery stapler is electric powered, meaning there is no need for an air compressor. This tool will run 3/8" to 9/16" leg 22 gauge 3/8" crown fine wire staples, perfect for furniture upholstery and light wood assembly.

    PROJECT NOTE: Measure the length, width and depth of the seating pad and multiply three times the amount of any given dimension to calculate the amount of fabric you will need for your surface - this rule applies to a single surface, calculate for each chair separately. Measure from the longest point if working with a curved or angled shape.

    Ready to splurge on a quality, new tool? Contact Nail Gun Depot with any questions about these and other tools. Want to compare models? We can help with that too!

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  • The Difference Between Brad Nailers & Finish Nailers

    Are in the middle of a home improvement project, but caught on which fastening tool you need to complete it? If you are doing simple upgrades around the house, you are most likely shopping for either a finish or brad nail gun - but which one is right for you? To the untrained eye, these tools would appear to be the same, but in reality, each has a very different purpose.

    Let's start with what makes each of these power fastening tools unique. A brad nailer is designed to run 18 gauge, fine wire brad nails. These small nails are very hard to drive manually, which makes a brad nailer essential to any major home renovation project where brads are needed. On top of that, brad nails are almost invisible to the naked eye once they have been driven into wood. In fact, there is a good chance you will not need carpenter's putty to conceal a brad nail that has been driven into trim. The downside to using brad nails/nailer, these fasteners do not have the holding strength to be used for larger, heavier projects, such as large crown molding or baseboards.

    For larger, more bulky wood trim, you will need to use a finish nailer, such as the Paslode IM250A-Li Cordless Finish Nailer. Finish nail guns will run 15 or 16 gauge finish nails, which are slightly larger than a brad nail, giving them increased holding strength. The biggest downside to using a finishing nail gun, because of the larger diameter fastener, you will almost certainly need to cover nail openings with putty. Furthermore, if you try to use a finish nailer on a small piece of trim, there is an increased probability for wood splitting and the formation of imperfections on the wood.

    Ideally, you'll want to have both tools handy for projects, especially if you are regularly working with trim and molding. If you have to choose between buying one or the other, your best bet is to start with a brad nailer, as it can handle most light trim work and will require less touch-up after installation. If you are installing shelving or a mantle, you will probably want to go with the higher strength, finish nail. The downside to only using a finish nail gun, it has the potential to split thin wood and might require additional touch up on small trim and lighter duty projects. While a finish nailer can tackle many of the same projects as a brad nailer - and then some - the brad nailer will maintain best overall appearance on small trim work.

    Once you have determined whether a brad nailer or a finish nailer will best suit your needs, be sure to also consider whether a cordless, battery-powered nailer or a pneumatic, air-powered nailer will be the most efficient choice for your project. For the around-the-house DIY'er, you might find that the battery powered brad or finish nail gun is best, as it does not require an air compressor to run and can be used in hard to reach places. Senco's Fusion line of finish and brad nailers, the F-15 Finisher, F-16 Finisher and F-18 Brad Nailer, stand as excellent, industry-leading examples of cordless nail guns. For a contractor or individual that has a regular use for either tool, consider a pneumatic nailer, as they typically offer better long-term reliability than their battery-powered sibling - and do not require recharging. Brands such as Bostitch, Hitachi and Senco all offer high-quality, air-powered finish and brad nailers.

    Ready to nail your next project? Feel free to drop a line if you need more information, or would like to research a specific tool.

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  • Nail Gun Basics

    Don't let using a nailer or nail gun be an intimidating experience... learn the basics right here on Nail Gun Depot!

    Step 1: Choose a Nail Gun

    • What type of project are you working on? Will you need a framing nail gun, brad nail gun (for light trim and molding, this gun shoots smaller nails that won’t split the wood and are less visible), trim nail gun (these nails are slightly thicker than brad nails), flooring nail gun, roofing nail gun or concrete nail gun? Choose the nail gun that is best for you. For most at home projects, such as decking and framing, you would want to choose a framing nail gun.
    • Strip or coil? This refers to the way the nails are collated. Strip nails come in a strip, coil nails in a coil. Coil nail guns allow for less reloading, as they hold more nails.  If you are doing a big job or are a professional, this is the way to go. Most DIYers choose a strip nail gun.

    Step 2:  Choose a Nail

    • Clipped head or full head? Clipped head nails are just what they sound like, part of the head has been clipped off. This allows the nails to be collated closer together, which means more nails in the strip and less reloading. The holding power does not differ much, however some coastal states still require full head nails for certain projects.
    • Galvanized or not? Galvanized nails are coated to resist rust and corrosion, so if you are completing an outdoor project or something that will be exposed to moisture, galvanized is what you want.

     

    Step 3: How Will You Power Your Nail Gun?

    • Nail guns can be powered by air, electricity, fuel or batteries. When you buy your nail gun you will need to know how it receives power. Most choose an air powered nail gun for its reasonable price point and ample power. However, air powered tools require an air compressor. Your nail gun will be attached to the compressor by a hose. Your compressor will be either gas powered or plug into the wall. You can purchase nailer kits with a compressor at Nail Gun Depot.

     

    Step 4: Load

    • Load your gun according to the instructions. This is a relatively simple process. The strip nail guns are similar to loading a stapler. Pull back the magazine, insert the nail strip, and release the magazine to allow tension on the nail strip. To load a coil nail gun, open the magazine - inside there will be an adjustable nail tray - set the tray for the length of nail that you are using. Insert the nail coil into the magazine. Toward the nose of the tool, you will find a “feed pawl” which guides the nails into the chamber - so be sure the wire and nail heads are aligned with the proper grooves.

     

    Step 5: Fire

    • Most nail guns will require the nose to be pressed against a surface to fire. This is a safety feature so that the gun is not accidentally shot. There are usually two choices for operation: bump fire and sequential. Sequential requires you to pull the trigger each time you want to shoot a nail. Bump fire eliminates the trigger and fires each time the nail gun is pressed up against a surface
    Now you are on your way to hassle free nailing!
     
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