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  • The Senco DuraSpin Screw Gun & Fastener Buyer's Guide

    If you are working with drywall, building a deck, or installing subfloor, chances are you will be using a screw gun or collated screw fastening system. While there are more than a handful of options available to consumers, a rising star in the segment, you should consider the Senco DuraSpin lineup of collated screw fastening tools. With a recently refreshed product line (within the last year or so), Senco's DuraSpin tools are ready to stand up to the projects your throw at them.
     
    Available in both electric (corded) and battery (cordless) variations, Senco DuraSpin screw systems are adaptable, based on the needs of their user. While an electric model, such as the DS332-AC, will guarantee use wherever an outlet is available, cordless DuraSpin models, such as the DS312-18V, let a user go beyond the length of a cord - we just recommend keeping a spare battery on hand for large-scale projects.
     
    Maybe you would rather have an attachment that can be used with a power screw driver? Senco's DuraSpin has a solution for that too, with one of their auto-feed attachments. Available as an attachment (DS320) or as a full kit with power screw driver included (DS440-AC), there are a variety of options available to suit different degrees of demand.
     
    When we start talking about features, DuraSpin doesn't fall short of the mark either. One of our favorites, look for Senco's patented corner-fit feed system - which allows you to maneuver the screw gun in hard to reach corners and narrow spaces that a typical screw system would not be able to fit. If you choose to get the DS440-AC or one of the auto-feed attachments offered by Senco, look for an adjustable arm that permits a user to stand during labor intensive projects, which would otherwise require them to bend over or kneel.
     
    Now that we know more about the DuraSpin tools, what about the screws? Nail Gun Depot offers more than 80 variations of DuraSpin screw, designed for drywall, wood and metal - for both interior and exterior applications. Available in a plethora of shapes, sizes, material - and even color - there is a DuraSpin screw that will meet the needs of your project application.
     
     
    Need an accessory? DuraSpin collated screw fastening tools have a selection of replacement bits, attachments, washers and other parts that can be acquired individually - to deck out your decking tool. You can check out a variety of available DuraSpin bits here.
     
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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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  • Tips & Tools To Build The Perfect Deck

    Summer is approaching quickly, which means its time to enjoy the longer evening hours with some much needed time outdoors. For many Americans, this means relaxing on their deck or patio. An important feature on new and old homes alike, a large, well-built deck can add major profit margins to your home's resale value. If you are considering the addition of a new deck to your home, or are replacing an existing one, learn about some of the tips and tools that will help you build the ultimate deck - here on Nail Gun Depot's blog.

    The actual process of building a deck can take weeks - or even months - depending on its size and the amount of resources you have to pour into it. Because it is such an intricate and drawn out process, we are just going to focus on the major milestones in the deck building process. If this is your first woodworking or deck building project, we recommend you consult a professional to help you create the deck of your dreams. One or two missed steps can lead to expensive repairs and time lost.

    If you are building a new deck, you will have to start with its foundation - also known as its footing. Typically, footing(s) are poured concrete that you then attach post anchors and beams to, with a power drill. Meanwhile, you will also have to anchor and attach a ledger board to the wall of your house - or the supporting structure - to anchor the deck. You will then anchor the joists to the ledger board.

    Once you have installed joists to the beams and the frame is in place, you will then need to consider how you want to attach the flooring of your deck. There are a couple ways to go about flooring installation. You will want to use a deck screw, treated for outside use - Senco offers a full line-up of deck screws. If you choose to do a traditional deckfloor install, you should think about using a screw gun with an extension, such as the Senco DuraSpin DS425-AC (6W0012N). The benefit to using this screw gun for deck floors - or any sub-floor installation - is that it has an extendable arm, which eliminates the need to bend over or kneel down to drive screws. Quik Drive also offers decking attachments that are comparable in form and function to that of DuraSpin - and come with a lifetime warranty.

    If you don't like the appearance of deck screws, you can opt for a slightly different method of floorboard installation. The CAMO Marksman Pro, Hidden Deck Fastening System, drives CAMO deck screws in at an angle to create the appearance of a fastener free deck. Like the DS425-AC DuraSpin, the CAMO Marksman Pro will work with hardwood and composite decking applications. The Marksman Pro works with most power drills, by simply positioning the system over a board, loading your fasteners, and driving the deck screws in with the drill.

    In addition to the flooring installation, you will also need to build stairs - assuming the deck is going to connect with the ground below it - and install a railing that surrounds the deck. Depending on the type of wood you are using, if you are building a wood deck, check to see how long the wood needs to set before it is ready for stain.

     

    For more information on deck building tools and fasteners, contact a representative at Nail Gun Depot.

     

    Helping You Build The Deck Of Your Dreams,

    The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • How To Build A Raised Garden Bed

    Spring has officially sprung, which means it's time to get outside and pick up where you left off on those leftover outdoor projects from last year. One project to consider, learn how to build raised garden beds with the team at Nail Gun Depot.

    An increasing demand for sustainable living has led many people - both rural and urban - to grow their own food. The perfect place to manage and monitor the growth of your food source, especially in urban areas, consider building a raised garden bed to harvest mini-crops. Once built, these sustainable planters will continue to provide a renewable food supply - year after year.

    Building one or two of these large planters is easier than you might think - it only requires a few hours, a nailer or screw gun, fasteners, a power saw, and lumber. Once built, you will want to fill each "box" with a soil and compost mixture, creating a nutrient rich fertilizer that can boost and sustain the growth of your garden. The purpose of these beds is to raise the soil up, creating a built in drainage system and reducing the amount of space needed between plants - helping to crowd out weeds.

    To get started, dig a trench around the space you want to install your raised garden bed(s). The trench should outline the shape of the garden bed, typically designed in a rectangular formation. The size of a raised garden bed can vary, with small ones that are 3' by 6' - ranging to larger ones that can double in size. Typically, these beds should be 1' to 2' high, as it might be hard to produce enough "fill-dirt" if the bed is much deeper. While there is not a "correct" size, you want each garden bed to be small enough that you can reach the center when planting, watering and harvesting.

    Once a trench has been dug out, begin laying your lumber to create a frame that fits into the trench that was formed. Note that if you are using a pressure treated wood (or any lumber that has been exposed to chemicals), you will want to insert a layer of landscape fabric into the bed of the planter to protect against any chemical seepage. Be sure to also use only galvanized or stainless steel nails or screws, to reduce/eliminate rust corrosion.

    Build each wall of your raised garden bed separately, then attach them together at the end of the project. You will want to use either a framing nailer, such as the Hitachi NR83AA3 (replaced by Hitachi NR83AA4), or a collated screw gun, such as the Senco DuraSpin DS-312. Once the walls are in place, you will want to also install a ledge along the frame of the bed, to rest on and/or lay gardening tools.

    Now that your garden bed frame has been built, you can elect to install an irrigation system or greenhouse cover, depending on the budget for your project and the vegetation you are looking to grow. Build your raised garden bed to accommodate the crops you are intending to plant. Tropical plants will require a greenhouse-like environment (including heat in the winter), whereas tomatoes only require sunlight and water from late-spring to early-fall.

    PROJECT NOTE: If you plan to keep any plant alive during the winter, you will need to protect them from the outside elements of colder climate areas.

    After adding your fertilizer mixture and planting your crop, be sure to protect your garden from predators such as deer and other wildlife that will eat your plants. Install a tall wire or chain fence around the garden bed(s) to prevent deer and other wildlife from feeding on your veggies. If budget allows, build an open, small-framed structure around your beds to protect them from animals - without blocking sun and rain from reaching them. You might find a Hog Ring Tool beneficial for fastening the wire.

     

    All that's left to do is tend to your crops and enjoy the sustainable foods that you grew in your backyard.

     

    Here's To Getting Your Hands Dirty,

    The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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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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  • Getting Ready For The Holidays

    The holiday season is now in full-swing, so what are you doing to make merry this year? Depending on where you live, it's probably too cold to work outdoors (unless absolutely necessary) - which means it's the perfect time to get projects done around the house, in preparation for visiting friends and family. You might not have time to renovate the entire bathroom or put in a new kitchen, but consider these simple weekend projects that can spruce up your home - and even add value.

    Add a chair rail in the dining room:

    The dining room is one of the busiest rooms in many households during the holidays. Between family dinners and holiday parties, it's certain to see a lot of traffic from your guests.

    Installing a chair rail can serve more than one purpose in your home - it not only adds detail to the room, it also helps to protect your walls from scrapes and scratches. Using a Finish Nail Gun, such as the Paslode IM250A-Li, can help you complete this project with ease. Depending on the size of your dining room, installation can be completed in a relatively short amount of time, leaving your room with an added detail that improves its form and function.

    Tip: Make sure the rail is level before attaching. This is a simple step that is often overlooked, but can save time and money in the long run. If your home has crown molding, try to match the color and style of the rail for continuity.

    Redecorate with reupholstered furniture:

    Whether you're sick of that beat up coffee table, or just need more pizazz in your home, creating an upholstered ottoman, from a salvaged pallet, is an easy weekend project. It's a little bit carpentry and a little bit upholstery. The biggest benefit in creating your own upholstered coffee table (or dog lounger) is that it's custom - you choose the fabric and the details. Inspiration can come from a photo. It can be as simple as that.

    For step by step instruction, Shelly Leer of ModHomeEc (soon to be Home Room) breaks it down from start to finish in her guest post: "How To Build & Upholster Your Own Salvage Pallet Ottoman". Be sure to pay careful attention to the way she uses her BeA 71/16-436LN long nose upholstery stapler.

    Build a new mantel for the fireplace:

    This might be a bit harder for the average DIYer, but can add tons of character to your home if completed properly. If you don't have a fireplace, you can improvise by building shelving to display decorations and other knickknacks.

    Design the mantel to fit your style and character - there are a lot of sites online that can fuel your inspiration. Once you have selected the perfect design for your home, plan to invest at least five to ten hours (or more) into this project.

    A Finish Nailer, such as the Bostitch N62FNK-2 will most likely be your tool of choice when assembling the big parts - although you might also consider a Pin Nailer, such as the Grex P650L 23ga. Pinner, if attaching smaller, more intricate details - such as trim.

    Tip: Some people prefer to paint their mantel rather than stain it; keep this in mind as you visualize what the finished project will look like. Depending on the design you choose, you might have to paint or stain the materials prior to assembling.

    Good Luck & Happy Holidays,
    The Team at Nail Gun Depot

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