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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,
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  • Screw Gun Showdown - Senco's DuraSpin Screw System

    Welcome to part-two in our Screw Gun Showdown series, where we take an in-depth look at Senco's DuraSpin screw fastening system. Designed for applications that include drywall, subflooring/sheathing, decking, cement board, underlayment, sheathing to steel, metal framing, steel decking and rigid foam insulation - among other uses - Senco DuraSpin is built to handle the most rigorous of screw fastening applications. Different in design from Quik Drive, Senco DuraSpin models come in two different styles - one with a traditional screw gun motor and attachment; the other with its entire screw system built into one handheld unit. The simplicity and versatility of a one-piece, handheld unit makes this Senco DuraSpin a top-pick for DIY applications and contractor-grade uses alike.
    Screw Gun Showdown
    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 motor? Senco's DuraSpin has a solution for that too, with one of their auto-feed attachments. Available as an attachment, such as the DS320, or as a full kit with screw gun motor included, such as the DS440-AC, there are a variety of options to suit different degrees of demand.
    When we start talking about features, DuraSpin doesn't fall short. 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 DS425-AC, or an auto-feed attachment 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.
    The Screw Gun Showdown features the following DuraSpin screw systems:
    • The Senco DuraSpin DS332-AC electric screw gun, which drives 1" to 3" Senco DuraSpin collated screws - and features a 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 - perfect for multipurpose use.
    • Senco's DuraSpin DS312-18V cordless collated screw gun, which drives 1" to 3" Senco DuraSpin collated screws, making it perfect for applications including: drywall (to wood or steel studs), subfloor, cement board, wood decking, underlayment, sheathing to steel, metal framing, structural steel, decking and rigid foam insulation.
    • The Senco DuraSpin DS425-AC electric screwdriver, which drives 1" to 3" collated strip screws, and is designed for drywall (to wood or steel studs), wood decking, structural steel decking, composite decking, subfloor, underlayment, metal framing, rigid foam insulation, sheathing to steel and cement board applications.
    • Senco DuraSpin DS212-18V cordless collated screw gun, which drives 1/2" to 2" collated DuraSpin screws, and is perfect for drywall, subfloor, cement board, underlayment, sheathing to steel, metal framing, steel decking and rigid foam insulation.
    • The Senco DuraSpin DS440-AC electric screwdriver, which is capable of driving 1" to 3" collated strip screws, making it ideal for drywall (to wood or steel studs), wood decking, subfloor, underlayment, metal framing, rigid foam insulation and cement board. This screw gun is driven by 4000 RPMs of electric power.
    • Senco's DuraSpin DS235-AC electric auto-feed screw gun, which features a blazing fast 5,000 RPM motor - designed for contractor grade drywall installation. Driving 1/2" to 2" collated Senco DuraSpin screws, this screw gun features a heavy-duty 10' rubber cord, tool-free adjustable nose piece for different length screws, quick bit release, patented corner-fit feed system for easy wall and corner access, adjustable depth of drive with depth lock, variable speed trigger with lock and reverse, belt hook and comfortable rubber hand grip.
    • The Senco DuraSpin DS215-18V cordless collated screw gun, which drives 1/2" to 2" collated DuraSpin screws, featuring a lithium-ion battery to power its 5,000 RPM motor. This cordless screw gun is excellent for drywall, subfloor, cement board, underlayment, sheathing to steel, metal framing, steel decking and rigid foam insulation.
    • The Senco DuraSpin DS232-AC electric drywall screw gun, which drives 1/2" to 2" collated Senco DuraSpin screws, making it perfect for drywall, subfloor, cement board, underlayment, sheathing to steel, metal framing, steel decking and rigid foam insulation.
    • And finally, the Senco DuraSpin DS325-AC collated screw system, which is only available until inventory has been depleted. The DS325-AC has been permanently discontinued, replaced by the DS425-AC.
    Collated Screw Gun
    What about 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 requirements of almost any application. See our full selection of Senco DuraSpin screws.
    Senco DuraSpin Screws
    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.
    Senco DS425-AC
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  • Nail Gun Depot's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

    We've finished up the Thanksgiving turkey - and tied a bow on Black Friday, so now what? Summer might be the most popular season for tools and fasteners, but let's not forget the best time of year to surprise a spouse, friend or family member with a new tool they are certain to love. For many craftsmen and woodworking hobbyists, the holiday season brings new life to their workshop.
    NGD Holiday Gift Guide
    Under $100
    • Senco PC1195: Designed for use with bulk nails, this compact palm nailer is 50% lighter than most of its competitors. The PC1195 features a magnetic nose for accurate nail placement, and compact design for easy storage. Excellent for driving nails in very tight places, this palm nailer is intended for use with specific applications such as joist hangers, framing, hurricane straps, fencing, decking and more. Available now on NGD for only $49.00.
    • Bostitch BTFP71875: A revolutionary new design from Bostitch, this hybrid tool is designed to be used as either a pneumatic brad nailer or heavy-duty stapler. A dual trigger design provides added safety and comfort. The BTFP71875 pneumatic hammer stapler also features oil-free operation, a bottom-loading magazine, and a built-in reload indicator. Available on NGD for only $55.00.
    • Hitachi NP35A: If you are shopping on a budget, but still want a brand-name tool, look no further than the Hitachi NP35A 23 gauge pin nailer. In addition to a five-year warranty, the NP35A comes with a rugged plastic carrying case, safety glasses, 1/4" NPT male plug, no mar tip (x2) and hex bar wrench. This Hitachi pin nailer features an auto-adjust magazine to easily switch between different fastener lengths, a dual trigger safety, rear exhaust, adjustable depth of drive, reload indicator and removable nose plate. This handy tool is perfect for rattan furniture production, light wood assembly, finish and trim work, decorative trim, window beading, craft work and more. Available on NGD for $99.00.
    Senco PC1195
    $100 to $250
    • Senco PC1010: At 20 lbs, the Senco PC1010 oil-less air compressor features an extremely lightweight and ultra quiet design. This hand-carry compressor also features an electric, direct drive motor for increased efficiency - as well as an aluminum cylinder, oil-less pump, 1/4" coupler and cushioned hand grip. The PC1010 is great for finish and trim work, upholstery, hobbies and crafts. Available on NGD for $119.00.
    • Bostitch BTFP72646: Perfect for anyone who loves finish and trim woodworking, the Bostitch BTFP72646 3-tool finish & trim combo kit with air compressor is designed with the DIY'er and amateur woodworker in mind. Get a complete set of pneumatic finish tools at one great price. The Stanley Bostitch BTFP72646 kit includes: The SB-1664FN - 16 ga. straight finish nailer, SB-1850BN - 18 ga. brad nailer, BTFP71875 - heavy-duty 3/8" crown stapler, BTFP02011 - 6 gallon oil-free air compressor, 1/4" x 25' heavy-duty airline with fittings and sample fasteners. The BTFP72646 combo kit is ideal for interior trim, crown molding, baseboards, shoe molding, staircases, cabinetry, paneling, housewrap, screening, upholstery, dust containment, insulation and felt paper. Get the entire kit on NGD for $249.00.
    • Senco WC150XP: This rugged, wide-crown Senco stapler features a new firing valve design for fast and powerful operation, tool-free locking adjustable depth of drive for consistent driving, rotating belt hook, EZ clear latch for fast jam removal, high-strength magazine, and extremely durable exhaust cap for superior damage resistance. This construction stapler even comes with a five-year warranty! The WC150XP wide crown stapler is excellent for attaching corrugated to skids, furniture and cabinet frames, foam insulation and butt joints. Available on NGD for $249.00.
    Bostitch Finish & Trim Compressor Kit
    $250 & Over
    • Paslode CF325-Li (replaced by Paslode CF325XP - 905600): No hose or compressor required for this cordless framing nailer. The CF325-Li even includes a five-year manufacturer's warranty - and comes complete with rugged plastic carrying case, rechargeable lithium ion battery and charger, safety glasses, owner's manual and 5/32" hex wrench. Shoots both Paslode clipped head and Roundrive nails. This cordless framing nailer features new lithium ion technology for improved battery life and charge times. Additional features include the Quiklode fuel cell design for easy installation, new on/off battery position for added convenience, internal steel rings for longer tool life, heavy-duty utility hook, full body rubber grip, and nail lockout to prevent dry firing. The Paslode CF325Li cordless framing nailer is excellent for framing, wall sheathing, roof sheathing, floor decking and more. New price of $355.00 on NGD.
    • Senco DuraSpin Combo Kit: The Senco DuraSpin DS215-18V cordless collated screw gun promo kit, comes complete with (2) 18V Li-Ion batteries, charger, 2 drive bits, drywall and wood nosepiece, and soft storage bag. Features include tool-free adjustable nose piece for different length screws, quick-bit release, high-speed 5,000 RPM motor, patented corner fit feed system for easy wall and corner access, adjustable depth of drive with depth lock, variable speed trigger with lock and reverse, belt hook, and comfortable rubber hand grip to maximize comfort. This Senco DuraSpin cordless screw gun is excellent for drywall, subfloor, cement board, underlayment, sheathing to steel, metal framing, steel decking and rigid foam insulation. Also included, get a FREE 18V cut-out saw with the purchase of this DS215-18V DuraSpin promo kit - while supplies last. DuraSpin promo kits available on NGD for $259.00.
    • Powernail 2000 (replaced by Powernail 2000F): The Powernail 2000 is the industry's first air-powered, trigger-operated 20 gauge flooring nailer - designed to install tongue and groove engineered flooring from 5/16" to 9/16" in thickness. This Powernail cleat nailer offers consistent depth control, while ensuring precise angle and fastener placement. Its 20 gauge cleats are designed to minimize split out - even on the thinnest of floors. Available on NGD for only $285.00.
    • Senco Fusion F-16A: The perfect balance of user-friendliness and convenience, Senco's Fusion finish nailers are a hot-buy for the holidays. The F-16A, for example, comes complete with soft-sided carrying case, 18V Li-Ion battery and charger. Features include an adjustable belt hook, nose mounted LED light, selectable drive for sequential or bump fire operation, rugged aluminum magazine and drive cylinder, adjustable depth of drive, and patented reflex shot design for instant firing. Senco's Fusion cordless nailers boast the power of an air nailer with the convenience of cordless operation. The F-16A is ideal for finishing applications in construction, furniture and cabinet frames, molding, baseboards, and upholstery trim panels. Your choice of Senco Fusion nailer for only $349.00 on NGD.
    Senco DuraSpin Combo Kit
    Whether you are looking for an inexpensive stocking stuffer or a gift they'll never forget, Nail Gun Depot has something for every price-point. And don't forget, tools ship free with standard shipping. Order early and save big.
     
    Here's To Nailing Your Holiday Wish List,
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  • How To Build & Install Your Own Kitchen Cabinets

    Chilly temperatures and shorter periods of daylight mean one thing - winter is near. With Halloween less than a week away, it's time to start thinking about the indoor projects you've been putting off all summer. If you're looking to renovate your kitchen, consider building and/or installing your own kitchen cabinets - a project that can save thousands of dollars if done correctly.
    OMER Cabinet Trim
    Before you start, make sure you are up for the challenge. If you've never tackled a project like this before, you might want to purchase pre-built cabinets and jump straight to installation. If you decide to start from scratch, keep in mind this project will take a good amount of time and dedication to complete - especially for larger kitchens. However, for the master woodworker, the end result could be well worth the time - just make sure you have a helper or two for lifting and mounting.
    Building Your Cabinets
    If you are starting from scratch, make sure you have the proper materials. Traditionally, cabinets are about 24" deep and 34.5" tall - with a 25" deep counter top - which adds up to an overall height of 3 feet. To calculate the placement for upper cabinets, add 18" to 20" to the counter height. Subtract the difference from your overall ceiling height to determine the size range available for your upper cabinets. Keep in mind, regular wall cabinet depth is 12" to 14". Lower cabinet width can range from 12" to 60" - divided down in 3" increments. Make sure you also account for door size when planning the size of your cabinets.
    Next, you will need to cut your materials for assembly. For the sides, appearance really doesn't matter (unless it's an edge cabinet) - as long as your material is sturdy enough to support the cabinet, counter and all of the contents inside your cabinet. You might find that 3/4" plywood or manufactured board works well. Once the sides have been cut to proper dimensions, clamp your two sides together and use a saw to cut out a toe-kick (notch) where the base of your floor cabinets will be. For upper cabinets, you will not need a toe-kick. To finish up prepping material, cut the bottom panel, the face panels, as well as two base panels and two top braces - base panels and top braces not needed for wall cabinets.
    Moving to assembly, you will want to put together the base first. Make sure you have a high-quality wood glue and power drill or screw gun available for this step, as you will attach your base panels to the bottom panel. Make sure to allow the proper amount of space for your toe-kick before gluing together. Drive screws into the base panels to confirm a secure fit. Add your side panels, secure the top braces, and nail the back on using a finish nailer. Use braces or corner brackets to secure the unit and reinforce its integrity. Install shelves and face panels before attaching your cabinets to the wall.
    Depending on the thickness of board you are working with, Bostitch is now offering its all-new Smart Point line of finish nailers. Smart Point finish nailers feature a unique nose that increases the capability of these tools - while decreasing the amount of damage caused to a surface during firing.
    Bostitch Smart Point
    Installing Your Cabinets
    For time conscious DIYer's and renovators that skipped the previous steps and purchased pre-built cabinets from the store, it's now time to install your new kitchen cabinets. Installation is relatively easy - especially for floor cabinets. Simply fit your cabinets where they are intended to be installed, and drive screws through the back panel into studs in the wall. For wall cabinets - where additional support is imperative - you will also need to secure "L" brackets into studs in the wall, to help support these hanging cabinets at their base.
    To drive screws quickly and effectively, we recommend a Senco DuraSpin Screw Gun. With several different fasteners to choose from, the new Senco DuraSpin comes highly recommended by many of the Pro's.
    Senco DuraSpin
    Fit your door panels and fasten - assuming they haven't been installed yet. Depending on the type of kitchen cabinet you are building or installing, you will also have to install your counter, sink, decorative trim or any additional accessories not mentioned.
    Be sure to pay careful attention to manufacturer specs on any material or pre-manufactured goods. Always follow manufacturer assembly, installation and safety requirements. Keep in mind that this is an overview of tips and tricks for kitchen cabinet assembly and installation. Every kitchen is different, and might require additional steps or measurements be taken.
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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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  • 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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  • Repairing Nail Pops - There's No Joke About This Tricky Project

    It might be April Fool's Day, but we aren't joking around with this tricky project, repairing a nail pop. Nail pops occur over time, when a nail begins to separate from the stud it is anchoring drywall to. As the nail begins to work itself out, it eventually applies enough pressure to the spackle or putty above it, to force the putty away from the drywall - eventually exposing the nail's head. Nail pops can be caused by a variety of reasons - from wood beams that swell with humidity to a settling foundation.

    An occasional nail pop is nothing to get excited about, but if you notice other problems such as severe cracking, bulges or discoloration in your walls and ceiling - consult a building inspector to have your home evaluated for a more serious issue. More often than not, a nail pop is caused by the convergence of warm and cold climate(s), which causes wood to swell and contract. They are also more common in older homes, as screws were not a preferred method of drywall fastening 20-30 years ago. Current builders and contractors have the option of using a screw gun, such as Senco's DuraSpin tools, when installing drywall. In the past, nails and nailers were typically used for drywall installation. Because a nail has a smooth body, it doesn't command the same holding power that the tracks on a screw do - making it easier to slip out of position.

    There are a couple ways to repair a nail pop, depending on the arsenal of tools at your disposal. The simpler solution, take a nail punch to the center of a nail pop, and lightly tap it with a hammer. In the unlikely event that a screw has come loose, simply take a screwdriver and tighten. When using the nail punch, sheetrock and drywall will likely chip away if the nail has not completely protruded through yet, so you will have to use spackle to cover the opening; followed by smoothing, sanding and painting.

    A bit more complex, you can also drive a drywall screw into the drywall, along the same stud where the nail has begun to separate. This is a more permanent solution to the problem, as the screw should secure the drywall in place - whereas using a nail punch does not guarantee the issue will not recur if the nail re-separates. Once the screw is in place, scrape any leftover sheetrock or putty away from the original nail gap and spackle over both the nail and screw opening(s). Smooth, sand and paint as necessary.

    Nail pops can be a tricky problem for homeowners, but can be easily repaired with the proper attention. If you don't feel comfortable repairing the issue yourself, consult a handyman or professional to remedy a solution for your nail pop.

     

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