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  • How To Find The Correct Air Staples For A Staple Gun

    Why can’t I order staples for my pneumatic stapler by dimension?

    Unlike nails, staples are often sold by series, which doesn't tell you much about size. Furthermore, staples are not "one-size-fits-most," contrary to most categories of collated nails. Staples are instead measured not only by leg length and wire gauge, but also by crown width.

    Pro Tip: If you’re having trouble deciding on a staple gun, see “Choosing A Staple Gun For Your Project.”

    BeA Heavy Wire Stapler

    Crown Size

    The crown is the bridge, otherwise known as the horizontal part of a staple that joins the legs. Crown sizes are typically segmented into wide, medium and narrow designations. This can become tricky, as some manufacturers measure the inside of the crown, while others measure the outside (or exterior) of the crown.

    Staple crown type can vary by application. For example, some staples come with a flat top, while others have a round or "U-shaped" crown. However, we'll take a closer look at the various crown types in a later article.

    Leg Length

    While a staple series is typically determined by gauge and crown (which we'll cover later in this article), leg length can vary significantly - even within the same series of staple. See the different leg lengths for the 7/16” crown staple, for example, below.

    Staple with measurements

    There are a couple rules of thumb with regard to staple length:

    1. Leg length requirements vary by application type, as well as the base material you are driving the staple into. The staple has to be able to fully penetrate and clasp to form a tight bond.

    2. The longer the staple legs, the greater the hold or withdrawal strength.

    Pro Tip: Never try to force a staple into the wrong tool. Not only can this create a jam, but it could break the staple or damage the tool.

    Getting To The Point

    Most staples have chisel points, which taper to a point on both legs. This lets the staple legs drive directly into the base material.

    Another variation is the divergent-point staple, where the tips taper to opposing points. This forces the legs to bend outward in different directions. Divergent point staples are more difficult to pull out, providing greater holding power.

    Wire Gauge

    As with nails, staples are categorized by different wire gauges or thicknesses. Gauge is determined by the wire diameter, a standard set in the early half of the 20th century by American Wire Gauge standards. It might seem counter-intuitive, but the thinner the wire, the higher the gauge number. The smallest gauge staple wire we carry here at Nail Gun Depot is a 23-gauge staple for upholstery applications, while the largest is 9 gauge for wire fence building.

    Generally speaking, the thicker the wire gauge, the more rugged the application. For finer applications, like fastening upholstery to a furniture frame, a thinner gauge staple is preferable.

    What’s In A Staple Series?

    Finally, let’s talk staple series. Is there a rhyme or reason for the different series numbers?

    In short, yes, it’s true that tool manufacturers want you to use their staples -- and they do make proprietary fasteners to drive the point. Most staple series are determined by the staple's crown size (width) and gauge (thickness).

    One way many manufacturers make staple shopping easier, they may designate a particular "series" of staple that is compatible with their tool. Each staple series makes it easier to find the exact staple you need, without having to know all of the dimensions—or how the crown is measured.

    In order to consistently get the right staples for your tool, rely on the staple gun itself. More often than not, staple dimensions are printed on a staple gun's magazine.

    Types of Air Staple

    Finding The Right Fasteners

    To help you find the right series, we’ve created the Fastener Finder tool on Nail Gun Depot. Just choose your stapler brand/model from the drop-down menu, and we'll do the rest.  Even if you’re using an older model of air stapler, we can help identify the correct staples for your tool.

    Have other questions? Contact us here.

     

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • Choosing a Laser Level: Red vs. Green Beam

    If you work in any form of construction, electrical installation, heating and air conditioning installation, even laying tile, you undoubtedly understand the importance of using a laser level on the job site. But, have you noticed the steady transition from red to green laser beams?

    The fact is, green is simply easier to see, but naturally, there’s more to it than that, so let’s have a closer look. Manufacturers, such as the German brand Stabila, have been utilizing green laser technology for a while now. Always innovative, the company uses "Green Beam" technology to enhance the quality of their lasers, as with the LAX50G cross line laser. The tool provides a 30m measuring range, and razor sharp, bright green lines — that are four times brighter than conventional red laser beams.

    So, should you go green or opt instead for red? That depends on several factors, like working conditions, distance requirements and budget.

    Worker Applying Tile Stabila

    Getting The Facts Straight

    You may recall from high-school science class that wavelengths for visible light range approximately from 400 nanometers to 700 nanometers (nm). Visible red light possesses the longest wavelength (about 625 to 740nm), violet is at the other end (380 to 435nm) and green lies right in the middle of the color spectrum at 532 nanometers. Not only is green the easiest color to see, it’s easier to see over a distance, which is important when using a laser level.

    So why are most laser beams red?

    Lasers work using diodes, and in the case of the red diode, they’re simpler to make, more readily available and cheaper than green diodes. When comparing the same laser product, the green laser option has historically been about 25% more expensive than its red counterpart.

    Green Beam Light Comparison Stabila

    Another downside of green lasers, their diodes use more energy. Because they have a higher output, battery life is depleted within a shorter time span. In the first iterations of green lasers, a red diode was actually used, and changed to green light through color conversion. Needless to say, it was an inefficient process.

    Green Beam Technology

    Manufacturers have since improved the technology behind green lasers, to increase battery life and monitor laser temperature. One result is Green Beam technology, which emits a fine green laser line that is four times brighter and 30% sharper than a conventional red line laser.

    Worker Drilling Stabila

    Compare these specs for the same tool with a different color laser; the Stabila LAX300 (red beam) and LAX300G (green). For the original LAX300, the battery run time is 20 hours with a visible measuring range of 20m (65’). For the 300G, the battery run time is 15 hours, but with a longer visible measuring range of 30m (98’). The main difference in the two, of course, is the brightness.

    When To Go Green

    Knowing how effective Green Beam lasers are, why would you choose a red laser? Stabila helps answer this question with the following distance diagram.

    Stabila Distance Diagram

    Essentially, if you’re budget-focused and working mainly indoors (within a range of 66'), a red beam laser is sufficient. For outside work, or when longer range is required (within a distance up to 98’), a green laser is the optimal choice.

    The bright light of the sun can wash out red laser light, so if you plan to work outdoors with a laser level, keep that in mind. Another point to consider, as distance increases, accuracy decreases. For long distance use, Stabila suggests using a laser receiver.

    We say, if you’re looking for an easier-to-see, crisper laser line, go green. Even if the initial cost is a little greater with a Green Beam laser level, it will pay off in the work with clearer lines, greater ease of use and convenience. Not to mention less squinting.

     

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • Top Cold Weather Nail Gun Accessories

    Freezing temperatures mean it’s time to stock up on cold resistant tools and supplies. Using air tools and compressors without proper winter maintenance can result in undue wear, tear and deterioration. Before firing up your air tools in the bitter cold, take a look at Nail Gun Depot's checklist for cold weather preventative maintenance tips and supplies:

    cold weather nail gun tips

    Moisture Reducing Air Tool Oil

    Air tools need good lubrication to combat the condensed water that builds up, then freezes, in their system. For sub-zero temperatures, Paslode 219090 cold weather air tool oil is formulated with anti-freeze, which keeps your air tool running efficiently in temperatures of 32 degrees and below. Another great option, the Senco PC1295 moisture shield air tool oil protects your pneumatic tool in cold, damp conditions.

    Cold Resistant Air Hoses

    An air tool is nothing without its air hose, and for use in cold weather conditions, you'll need a hose that's resistant to freezing temperatures. Consider hoses that remain flexible in a wide range of temperature. Hoses made from rubber are generally the top recommended option for cold weather, but are sometimes not preferable due to the heavier weight of rubber. To avoid the additional weight of rubber, hybrid air hoses are becoming a popular contender for low temperature use. A hybrid blend of polyurethane, rubber and PVC offers decent cold weather resistance, without the bulkiness of rubber. Hybrid options, such as the RolAir NOODLE hose, offer a reduced weight design that remains flexible in temperatures as low as -40 degrees.

    Low Temperature Fuel Cells

    Being prepared with the right fuel cells can make the difference between getting your job done or postponing it. Fuel cells that aren’t rated for the extreme cold will freeze up. If running a Paslode cordless framer, CF325 orange framing fuel (816008) works in all seasons, between 18 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It also eliminates the need for additional warming or pumping up, making it extremely easy to insert and run.

    **Pro Tip: Keep one fuel cell warm, and one in the tool to use. After 4 to 5 strips of nails, put the warm fuel cell into your tool and keep the previous one warm to avoid freeze-ups.

    Pneumatic tools are especially prone to winter weather problems, such as internal moisture build-up, frozen fuel cells and stiff air hoses.

    Keeping with the idea that cordless nailers work where pneumatic models won't, battery-only tools require nothing extra to run in the cold. Truly the best solution to running a nailer during winter, consider battery-powered cordless tools. New cordless nailers from Bostitch, Dewalt and Hitachi all offer a battery-only power source, perfect for working in winter-like conditions.

    Winter isn't coming - it's here. Are your tools ready for the cold?

     

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • Cost-Efficient, High-Quality Tools For 2017 Holiday Gifting

    The holidays are here, and Nail Gun Depot wants to make sure you’re giving a gift that will stay productive well beyond the holiday season. Check out our top picks for cost-efficient (quality-assured) tools and accessories for the holidays:

    First on the list, the Fasco-Maestri 7C-16 3/8” Crown Electric Stapler is great for everything upholstery. This 100% electric fine wire stapler, designed with super durable reinforced fiberglass, is ideal for any picture frame construction, decorative trim, upholstery, carpeting, furniture repair, cable sheathing, and many more projects. Pairing maximum power with high fastening speed, you’ll have no trouble getting the most from any project.

    Pairing nicely with the Fasco-Maestri electric stapler, the Spotnails P-97482 Heavy-Duty Upholstery Staple Remover does a great job removing fine wire upholstery staples. The perfect accessory for anyone working with upholstery, Spotnails’ staple remover is designed specifically to reduce the risk of snagging fabric. Its compact size and price also make for a great stocking stuffer.

    Back by popular demand, for finish and trim woodworkers, grab a Grex Holiday Bundle:

    Grex is offering several holiday gift sets this year. The first, a Grex P635 23 Gauge Headless Pinner Holiday Gift Set, for $148, includes a P635 headless pin nailer plus a FREE FT230.1 edge guide – a $70 value, but only available through Christmas! Give the gift of green, and still have some left in your wallet too. The Grex P635 pin nailer is lightweight, powerful, and has an industrial strength design for added durability. It’s the perfect reliable tool for light wood assembly, finish work, decorative trim, and craft work, among other projects.

    Grex Holiday Bundles

    The second set, a Grex 1850GB 18 Gauge Brad Nailer Holiday Gift Set, is $168 (until Christmas), and includes a 1850GB 18 gauge brad nailer and FREE FT230.1 edge guide. If you’re shopping for someone who loves projects working with trim and moldings, cabinet and light wood assembly, window beading, or jig fixtures, you can’t beat this special holiday bundle. This Grex “Green Buddy” features an extremely slim nose for extra precision in tight-to-reach areas.

    We’re also offering a Grex P650L Headless Pinner Holiday Gift Set. Currently listed at $248 for the 2017 holiday season, you get a P650L headless pin nailer and FREE FT230.1 edge guide, with savings added up to $70. This Grex bundle is an excellent gift for anyone who works with light wood assembly, rattan furniture, craft work, or mirror and picture frame assembly. For the little details, Grex’s FT230.1 edge guide allows for even greater precision on the job.

    Gifting for the level-headed? Stabila is offering a couple “Best of Three” bundles – great for anyone’s workshop:

    The first, a Stabila 48370 Classic Set, includes a 37448 48” type 196 spirit level, a 37424 24” type 196 spirit level, a 25100 torpedo level, and a carrying case. Built for quality and durability, and featuring a limited-time only price of $199.99, this deal is a steal. Made in Germany, these levels house crystal clear vials that will never leak, break, fog, or need recalibration. In fact, the vials are guaranteed for life. Talk about a gift that will last a lifetime.

    Stabila Level Bundles

    Stabila is also offering a 48380 Type 96M Magnetic Level Set. This set includes one 38648 48” type 96M magnetic level, one 38624 24” type 96M magnetic level, a 25100 diecast magnetic torpedo level, and a carrying case. As the name implies, every level in this set is magnetic – ideal for jobs that require hands-free work with metal. If you’re looking for a new level set for the holidays, don’t pass this deal up!

    For pneumatic fanatics, we have a couple awesome bundles to consider:

    Our Senco PC1342 23 Gauge Micro Pinner Kit includes an 8F0001N FinishPro 23SXP 23 gauge headless pin nailer, and a PC1010N air compressor. This deal, for the 2017 holidays, is still in stock at $229. The Senco FinishPro pinner is ideally suited for any intricate, light finish wood work and wood assembly. Powerful and precise with an ultra-narrow nose, this tool doesn’t split wood. The perfect mate, Senco’s PC1010N air compressor uses an oil-free pump and induction motor, cutting back on noise and reducing maintenance.

    Cadex Bundle

    Receiving an honorable mention this year, Cadex has the ultimate finish and trim bundle, exclusive only to Nail Gun Depot. Our Cadex V2/BUNDLE, which includes both 21 and 23 gauge Cadex pin nailers, an air compressor, 75’ air hose and sample pin pack. Priced at $599 with free shipping included, this package deal is only here until supplies run out.

    MAX out the volume with a new Bluetooth speaker:

    MAX USA Tools is making some noise, and while supplies last, you can too. For a limited-time, get a FREE Bluetooth speaker with ANY MAX framing nailer. This deal includes top-selling models like the SN883RH3 Full Round Head Framing Nailer and SN890CH3/34 Clipped Head Framing Nailer, among others. For roofers, and siding installers, we’re including a FREE tool bucket bag with purchase of ANY MAX roofing or siding nailer – while supplies last.

    Max Speaker Tool Deal

    And finally, for the high tech woodworker on a budget, it’s time to cut the cord:

    The Hitachi NT1850DE Li-Ion 18 Gauge Cordless Brad Nailer is a fantastic gift for those who don’t want the hassle of hoses and cords. Equipped with brushless motor technology – this Hitachi brad nailer delivers increased power at reduced weight, a longer tool life, and longer run time per charge compared to most competing cordless brad nailers. As a special holiday bonus, while supply lasts, Hitachi is including a FREE spare battery with this tool!

    Hitachi Cordless Promo

    One more tough-as-nails cordless, battery-only nailer in our holiday line-up, take a look at the new Bostitch BCN680D1 20V MAX 18 Gauge Brad Nailer Kit. Priced just under $299 for the holidays, this brad nailer pairs Bostitch brand quality with the latest cordless technology. Certain to bring cheer Christmas day and beyond.

    Be sure to note, our shipping experts recommend ordering no later than December 14, 2017 for delivery before Christmas.

    Which gift on this list would make you merry?

     

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • Everything To Know About Galvanized Nails - And Using Them

    Why use galvanized nails? The quick answer, to slow down the process of rusting and corrosion, by protecting the nail with a zinc coating. Galvanized steel nails will eventually rust (use stainless steel nails to completely prevent rust), but the galvanization (zinc coat) will prolong the nail's lifespan - as compared to non-coated alternatives. Because the cost of stainless steel is often two or three times that of galvanized steel, many contractors elect for the galvanized product in regions where building code doesn't specify otherwise.

    So, you've decided to use a galvanized nail, but now need to determine which type of galvanized coating to use.

    There are two main types of galvanized nail that you'll find on Nail Gun Depot, either Hot-Dip Galvanized (HDG), or Electro-Galvanized (EG). Other types of galvanization can include tumbler hot galvanizing and mechanical zinc plating (also known as peen-plating). You may also see certain galvanized products listed as 1000 hours galvanized, which indicates those items are rated to withstand 1000 hours - or more - of salt spray testing.

    Hot Dipped Galvanized nails are the highest quality of galvanization available, offering 1.7 mils minimum zinc coating thickness, evenly covering all nail surfaces from head to tip - and offering a 30-50+ year lifespan. The process for hot-dip galvanizing includes cleaning the steel body, submerging the nail into molten zinc, and spinning it to remove excess coating. Perfect for use indoor and outdoor, HDG nails provide a good balance of cost and quality. And, an added benefit, the coarse zinc particles offer added "cling" to whatever surface they come in contact with - providing additional holding strength.

    For the highest quality galvanized nail, look to see if it is ACQ approved, which indicates the nail can be used with ACQ pressure treated lumber. For HDG nails, ensure the nail meets ASTM A153 specifications for hot dipped galvanizing.

    For applications where lower quality galvanization is suitable, Electro-Galvanized nails are among the thinnest coating, at 0.36 mils maximum. Ideal for indoor applications, the EG coating has an average lifespan of 5-10+ years depending on the environment. Similar to HDG, Electro-Galvanized nails are also bathed in zinc, but with an electric current that charges the zinc acid and attaches it to the nail's body.

    Despite the benefits to using a galvanized nail, there are certain types of wood, such as cedar or redwood, where galvanized nails (especially those with a lower quality galvanization) will quickly rust and streak the surface, due to a chemical reaction with the wood. We typically recommend using stainless steel nails if working with these types of wood, for a guaranteed high-quality finish.

    When ordering, if you're looking specifically for Hot Dipped Galvanized nails, pay close attention to the product description. More often than not, if a nail is labelled as galvanized, but does not specifically indicate Hot-Dip Galvanized (HDG) anywhere, the nail is probably coated with a lesser quality galvanization, such as Electro-Galvanized (EG).

    Most nails offered through Nail Gun Depot are listed specifically by the type of material, coating, or galvanization they are manufactured with. For additional questions regarding which type of nail or staple is best for your project, consult a product specialist here. You can also learn more by visiting the American Galvanizers Association.

    Of course, always know the building codes and requirements for the area with which you are planning to work.

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Top 5 Woodworking Gifts For Father's Day 2017

    Having a hard time shopping for Dad? Skip the macaroni art and surprise him with a gift he can actually use. Priced for budgets of all sizes, take a look at our Top 5 Woodworking Gifts For Father's Day 2017.

    Small budget? Shopping for the Dad that has it all? Consider an accessory or attachment for the tool(s) he has already. If he prefers to use air-powered tools, consider a new air hose. With prices ranging from $29 to $100+, there are plenty of options to choose from. For the tech savvy Dad, going cordless, consider a spare battery for his cordless nailer or stapler.

    If shopping with a slightly larger budget, consider getting Dad a complete cordless kit. Thanks to Hitachi, from now through July 31, 2017, you can get a FREE DS18DSAL cordless drill kit via mail-in form, when purchasing any of Hitachi's all-new Li-Ion cordless finish nailers (models include NT1850DE, NT1865DM, and NT1865DMA). Even better, we're throwing in an additional spare Li-Ion nailer battery instantly with participating tool purchase. Free mail-in drill kit includes DS18DSAL cordless driver drill, Li-Ion cordless LED job light, 2 Li-Ion batteries, and battery charging base. All-in, Dad will get 4 Hitachi Li-Ion batteries, a cordless drill, LED work light - and of course, the Hitachi cordless nailer. Whether you split this kit up, keep part for yourself, or give him the full package, Dad won't find a deal like this anywhere else.

    Hitachi Cordless Nailer Sale

    Maybe finish woodwork isn't Dad's thing? If he's into heavy carpentry, consider a framing nailer for Dad. For a limited-time, Nail Gun Depot is offering the Dewalt DCN692M1 at its lowest price yet - while supplies last. You can also check out our full catalog of framing nail guns here.

    Dewalt DCN692M1 Framing Nailer

    Dad stocked up on fastening tools? A "must-have" in every woodshop, make sure Dad has an accurate measuring level. With options ranging from $10 to $1,000+, Stabila offers premium quality construction levels and laser levels - ensuring Dad the precision his projects demand. Choose from a wide variety of levels and lasers, including a full selection of spirit levels, mason levels, magnetic levels, plate levels, pocket levels, torpedo levels, exact length levels, electronic levels and more.

    Stabila Tech Level

    Last, but certainly not least, for the Dad that's getting started in woodworking, consider a tool and air compressor combo kit, such as the Senco PC0947 brad nailer and compressor combo set, or the Bostitch BTFP72646 3-tool finish kit with air compressor. The beauty to combo kits, such as these? They include everything Dad will need, to get started with woodworking. Simply plug in the compressor, hook up the tool, and he's ready to go.

    A Father's Day gift to all, use promo code FIVEOFF during checkout to receive 5% off your entire order!

    Wishing A Happy Father's Day To You & Yours,
    The Nail Gun Depot Team

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