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  • Do I Need A Finish Nailer Or Brad Nailer?

    Debating which tool in the Finish Nailer Face-Off is right for your project? Let us help.

    For detailed woodwork and trim, where you need more holding strength than a micro pin can provide, a brad nailer is typically the top choice among contractors and weekend warriors alike. Brad nails are formed from a fine, 18-gauge wire, which means they are smaller in diameter and typically have less holding strength. The benefit to an 18-gauge brad is its size. Thanks to a smaller head and diameter, brad nails are easier to conceal in small pieces of wood trim. In fact, there's a good chance you won't even need carpenter's putty to conceal a brad nail after installation. A brad nail's size helps prevent surface splitting, which could occur if the fastener is too large for the item it is nailed to. The only real downside to using a brad nailer and nails, these fasteners do not have the holding strength required for larger, heavier projects - such as large crown molding or baseboards.

    Hitachi Cordless Finish Gun

    While the downside to a brad is its holding power, finish nails are made from heavier 15- or 16-gauge wire, which means they can handle a greater payload. For larger trim, such as baseboards or crown molding, a finish nail is the more suitable choice. However, because it leaves a larger hole in the wood surface, a fully driven finish nail almost always requires followup attention - which includes being puttied over to conceal the "shiner" or exposed insertion point of a nail. A finish nail offers increased support and withdrawal resistance when compared to the brad nail.

    Finish nailers will run 15- or 16-gauge finish nails, in both angled and straight varieties depending on the tool. Be sure to confirm whether your tool uses a straight, or angled magazine type. Especially important for 15-gauge finish nailers, determine whether your tool runs "FN" or "DA" type nails, as these fasteners are not interchangeable. Cordless models, such as the Hitachi NT1865DM or the Senco Fusion F-16S (6U0001N), are both excellent examples of 16-gauge straight magazine finish nailers. As mentioned earlier, the one risk to using a finish nailer on small trim; an increased probability for wood splitting and formation of imperfections on the wood surface.

    Senco Fusion F-15

    According to Senco, "The initial tool purchased by most consumers is typically some kind of brad nailer for attaching trim molding. Most who have used a hammer to drive small brads know the frustration when these nails bend - not to mention the possibility for damage if using too much force. The brad nailer makes these small trim jobs a breeze, with high-quality results."

    The fact is, most carpenters use a combination of finish and brad tools. If you're just getting started, it's probably best to compare your application against the tools you are considering. From there, consider the tool that will suit your overall needs best.

    Want more on these tools and their applications? Be sure to check out our video on brad vs. finish nailers; or read more on the difference between finish and brad nailers here.

     

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • Grex GC1850 Cordless Brad Nailer Video Comparison

    The first of its kind, the Grex GC1850 cordless brad nailer is powered by 2 AAA batteries and fuel cell only. Capable of driving 18 gauge brad nails up to 2" in length, the Grex GC1850 is the only cordless brad nailer that is as small as a traditional air-operated finish nailer. An industry first, this cordless brad nailer is powered by 2 AAA alkaline batteries - that last at least 50,000 shots; and a fuel cell that lasts approximately 1,300 shots per cartridge. This Grex brad nailer eliminates battery related downtime - without sacrificing power. Watch and compare it to the competition here.

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  • How To Choose A Brad Nailer vs Finish Nailer

    Discover the differences when choosing between brad nailers and finish nailers, designed for applications in finish and trim woodworking. Today's video features the 18 gauge Senco Fusion brad nailer and the 16 gauge Paslode Impulse finish nailer. To see more videos, subscribe to the NGD YouTube Channel

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  • The Nail Gun Depot Father's Day Gift Guide 2015

    Father's Day is just a month away - hard to believe, right? Make sure dad gets a gift he will be able to use all year long. It's time to ditch the macaroni art and get dad tools he will love. Whether he's a contractor or an amateur woodworker, check out our top picks that are certain to give any dad a very happy Father's Day.
    Nail Gun Depot Father's Day Guide
    1. Freeman P7TRKTM: A special order kit just for Father's Day, introducing the Freeman P7TRKTM 3-tool finish & trim kit w/ tool belt, tape measure and sample fasteners. At only $139, this kit is great to give as a gift to your favorite woodworker, featuring the Freeman PBR50 18 gauge brad nailer - perfect for applications that include decorative trim installation, window casings, picture frame assembly, furniture trim, molding and more. The PBR50 brad nailer features 360 adjustable exhaust, air filter, aluminum magazine and cylinder design, one-piece drive blade and double spring magazine. The kit also includes the Freeman PP123 23 gauge pin nailer - excellent for small trim, cabinet doors, picture frames, craft building and more. The PP123 headless pinner features an aluminum magazine and cylinder, internal air filtration, comfort grip handle, and safety lock - among other features. Rounding out the kit, Freeman Tools' PST9032 18 gauge narrow crown stapler features a 360 exhaust, anodized aluminum rail and cylinder, air filter, one-piece drive blade, no-mar pad, teflon o-rings, reversible belt hook, reload indicator, oil and wrenches. The Freeman PST9032 is ideal for decorative trim, cabinetry, cabinet backing and crafts. For added peace of mind, all Freeman tools come with a seven-year manufacturer's warranty.
    2. Senco PC1010At 20 lbs., the Senco PC1010 oil-less air compressor features an extremely lightweight and ultra quiet design. The perfect compressor for dad's garage or basement workshop, this hand carry compressor also features an electric direct drive motor for increased efficiency, 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. Only $119 at Nail Gun Depot.
    3. Hitachi WH18DL: The Hitachi WH18DL 18V lithium ion cordless impact driver packs plenty of power to handle the big - and small - DIY projects dad throws at it. With a five-year manufacturer's warranty, this cordless impact driver includes (2) 3.0ah lithium ion batteries (backwards compatible with other 18V Hitachi models), quick charger, and carrying case. This lightweight Hitachi impact driver features a class leading 1,330 inch pounds of torque, unique cool flow system for steady air flow to the motor, two step speed switch for ultimate control, easy carbon brush access, five position belt hook with built-in LED, and compact design to increase overall usability. The WH18DL is ideal for sinking deck screws, hanging doors, installing cabinets, windows and much more. Now $270 on NGD.
    4. Bostitch BTFP12233: The Stanley Bostitch BTFP12233 18 gauge pneumatic brad nailer is designed with Bostitch's patented Smart Point technology, perfect for any dad that loves to work with wood. Smart Point utilizes a special nose that is capable of reaching into tight spaces, improves visibility, and reduces work surface damage by eliminating the need to push against a surface to actuate the tool. The BTFP12233's nose is 80% smaller than other, current Bostitch nailers. Other features on the BTFP12233 brad nailer include 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. Tool comes with carrying case, sample fasteners, 1/4" fitting, 3 no-mar tips and a belt hook with pencil sharpener - all for $119! The BTFP12233 also includes Bostitch's 7-year warranty. This 18 gauge brad nailer is perfect for installing baseboard, cabinets, casebacks, chair rail, furniture trim and much more.
    5. Paslode IM250A-Li: When it comes to Paslode's IM250A-Li lithium ion angled cordless finish nailer, no hose or compressor is required. With a five-year manufacturer's warranty, dad gets a rugged plastic carrying case, one battery, charger, safety glasses, hex wrench - and of course, the finish nailer. New lithium ion battery technology allows for more power, faster recharge times and more shots per charge. The Paslode IM250A-Li features an on/off battery lock to conserve battery life, swivel belt hook, adjustable depth of drive for precise control of nail depth, no-mar tip to protect trim surfaces and finishes, and angled magazine for easier access in tight areas. This Paslode cordless finish nailer is excellent for door and window trim, paneling, baseboard, casing, crown molding, cabinetry and door jambs. Don't forget, it does require a fuel cell and battery to operate. Get one for dad today, $355 on Nail Gun Depot.
    6. Freeman P4FNCB: For the value-minded woodworker, Freeman Tools' P4FNCB four-tool finish and trim combo kit is the perfect bundle for the DIY'er in dad. At $229, and backed by a seven-year limited manufacturer warranty, the Freeman P4FNCB includes one 16 gauge straight finish nailer (PFN64), 18 gauge 2" brad nailer with quick release (PBR50Q), 18 gauge 1-5/8" narrow crown stapler with quick release (PST9040Q), 23 gauge 1" headless micro pin nailer (PP123), 200 fasteners for each tool, safety glasses, belt hooks for each tool, oil, wrenches and manuals - all to be stored in a heavy-duty canvas bag. The Freeman PBR50Q 18 gauge brad nailer is perfect for applications that include trim installation, cabinet building, panel installation, furniture repair, baseboard mounting and more. The PBR50Q brad nailer features 360 adjustable exhaust, air filter, aluminum magazine and cylinder design, finger depth adjustment, quick jam release, and no-mar tip. The Freeman PP123 23 gauge pin nailer is excellent for small trim, cabinet doors, picture frames, craft building and more. The PP123 headless pinner features an aluminum magazine and cylinder, internal air filtration, comfort grip handle, and safety lock - among other features. The PFN64 finish nailer is designed for furniture trim, crown molding, baseboards, chair rails, window casings and more. The PFN64 features an oil-free design, no-mar tip, quick release for jams, air filter, adjustable depth, and aluminum magazine and cylinder. The PST9040Q narrow crown stapler is capable of stapling decorative trim, cabinetry and backing, and craft works. The PST9040Q offers many of the same features as its nailer counterparts - including finger depth adjustment, quick jam release, reload indicator, 360 exhaust, no-mar tip, air filter, and aluminum magazine and cylinder construction.
    7. Grex P650LX: (Replaced by the P650LXE) Give dad the latest and greatest with the all-new Grex P650LX 23 gauge headless pin nailer, available on NGD for $308. Boasting the following new features: a one-touch override button that allows use of the 10 remaining reserve pins, a more powerful motor with improved contact safety, auto lock-out to prevent dry firing - includes auto lock-out override, easy load magazine, no-mar tip, rear exhaust with silencer, double trigger safety lock, lightweight aluminum body, swivel air coupler, narrow nose design, and rubber handgrip - suggested applications for the Grex P650LX micro pinner include light wood assembly, finish and trim work, molding and decorative trim, dowel and joint pinning, mirror and picture frame assembly, lightweight paneling, external softwood trim, rattan furniture, glazing strips, craft work, window beading, display work, signage and more. This item comes with a one-year limited warranty from Grex.
    8. Hitachi C7SB2: (We now carry the newer model C7SB3) At only $99, the Hitachi C7SB2 was voted the best-value circular saw by Tauton Press. Includes a five-year manufacturer's warranty. Comes complete with rugged plastic carrying case, 24 tooth carbide tipped blade and wrench. The C7SB2 features a powerful 15 amp electric motor, bevel capacity from 0-55 degrees, one piece heavy-duty aluminum alloy base with easy to read front and side measurement scales, and non-slip rubber grip for added comfort. This Hitachi circular saw is excellent for cutting OSB, 2x4's, plywood and more -  a great addition to dad's woodshop.
    9. Bostitch BTFP72646: Perfect for any dad who loves finish and trim woodworking, the Bostitch BTFP72646 3-tool finish & trim combo kit with air compressor is designed with the DIY'er or amateur woodworker in mind. Get a complete set of pneumatic finish tools at one great price - now only $299 on Nail Gun Depot. The Stanley Bostitch BTFP72646 kit includes: 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, baseboard, shoe molding, staircases, cabinetry, paneling, housewrap, screening, upholstery, dust containment, insulation and felt paper. Includes one-year warranty from Bostitch.
    10. Senco PC1195: For $49, the Senco PC1195 mini palm nailer rounds out our list, as a cost-effective gift for dad that still packs a punch. Weighing in 50% lighter than the competition, this palm nailer features a magnetic nose for accurate nail placement, as well as a compact design for easy storage. The PC1195 is excellent for driving nails into tight spaces - for applications including joist hanging, framing, hurricane straps, fencing, decking and more.
    Don't make Father's Day more expensive than it has to be. Use promo code: FIVEOFF to receive a 5% discount off your order total.
     
    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
     
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  • Nail Gun Depot's Most Memorable Blog Posts Of 2014

    We're finally here - the end of 2014. A time to celebrate, reflect and look toward the future. What better way to capture the essence of 2014 at Nail Gun Depot, than to take a look at some of the Nail Gun Network's most influential blog posts of the year. Take a second to check out some of our most popular posts of 2014!
    BeA Upholstery Stapler
    NGD's Top Picks: Hall of "Frame"
    1. How To Install Hardwood Floors: Perfect for the first-timer or budding expert, get start-to-finish tips for installing hardwood flooring. Learn which tools work best for the job and what it takes to lay beautiful new floors.
    2. Choosing An Air Compressor For Pneumatic Tools: If you use a pneumatic (air-powered) tool, you must use an air compressor to make it operate - but do you have the right air compressor for your tool? Find out in this blog.
    3. NGD Construction & Manufacturing Tool Index: For the DIYer or casual woodworker, find out which tools power the fastening industry. From construction and remodeling to manufacturing - we've got you covered.
    4. American Made Fasteners - A Senco Tradition: Not many manufacturers can boast the phrase "Made In America." At Senco, these words represent more than 80% of the fasteners they produce. Learn more about what makes Senco unique.
    5. How To Build & Install Your Own Kitchen Cabinets: Getting the kitchen cabinets you dream about can be more cost effective than one might think. Find out what you need to know to get the job done right.
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    Viewer's Choice: Most Popular
    1. What's The Difference Between Brad Nailers & Finish Nailers?: An age-old question, get the answers you need on the Nail Gun Network.
    2. What's The Difference Between A Floor Nailer & Flooring Stapler?: Don't use the right tool for the wrong job. Discover which flooring tool is best for your application with Nail Gun Depot.
    3. What Type Of Nail Is Correct For My Application?: Get the inside scoop on which nail you need for your project. From framing to finishing, we've got an answer for everyone.
    4. The Nail Gun Buyer's Guide: Shopping for a nail gun? Maybe you aren't familiar with what's out there. Find out which nailer is the right one for you.
    5. How To Choose The Right Upholstery Stapler: If you work with upholstery, an upholstery stapler is a must-have tool in your arsenal. In this article, find out which features are best for different upholstery applications.
    Nail Gun Network Logo
    And with that, we conclude our last post of 2014. Don't worry, we're only taking a break from blogging for the next two weeks - making time to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. Look for an all-new Nail Gun Network post January 6, 2015!
    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
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  • NGD's Best Products Of 2014

    Black Friday around the corner means one thing - the end of 2014 is in sight. With the prospect of an even better 2015, we don't want to forget some of the fastening tools that continue to prove themselves among the best, again and again.
    Fan Favorites for 2014:
    Hitachi NR83A3 (replaced by the NR83A5) An excellent option for framing applications, the Hitachi NR83A3 round head, plastic strip framing nailer is a leader in its class. A well-built pneumatic tool, this Hitachi nailer is one of the most-visited products on the Nail Gun Depot site. It's no surprise this nailer is so popular - after all, it features a five-year warranty, light-weight body, and durable design.
    Hitachi NR83A3
    Senco PC1010 - The Senco PC1010 continues to serve the tool and fastener industry as one of its most popular compressors. This compact, hand-carry air compressor is ideal for anyone from amateur woodworkers to expert craftsmen. Don't plan on taking the PC1010 to framing job (you'll need a larger compressor for that), but for anyone powering a pneumatic finish and trim tool, this is the compressor for you. Featuring an oil-free pump, this Senco compressor is lightweight (only 20 pounds), durable and compact - oh and did we mention it's quiet too?
    Senco PC1010
    Senco Fusion F-15 - Some prefer to eliminate the air compressor all-together. Cutting the cords and moving beyond the limitation of an electrical outlet is quite appealing to many woodworkers and DIYer's - especially those on-the-go. For them, the Senco Fusion F-15 cordless finish nailer remains a top-choice for finish and trim applications. Featuring an 18-V Lithium Ion battery that can drive up to 600 shots per charge - with a recharge time of approximately 45 minutes - the Senco Fusion is a great tool for hard to reach finish and trim work.
    Senco Fusion
    Paslode T250A-F16 - An oldie but a goodie, the Paslode T250A-F16 continues to impress customers (DIY and professional) with its sturdy design and long-lasting lifespan. Ideal for finish and trim applications, don't plan on needing to replace this tool any time soon. This pneumatic nailer pairs nicely with the PC1010 compressor.
    Paslode T250A-F
    Bostitch MFN201 - A tool that does not require a battery or compressor, the Bostitch MFN201 manual hardwood flooring nailer relies on human muscle - rather than alternative sources for power. Arguably the most popular flooring tool we carry, there must be some method to the madness. With a seven-year Bostitch warranty, the MFN201 flooring kit includes a graphite mallet, two flooring shoes (for 1/2" and 5/8" flooring), a heavy-duty carrying case, and hex wrenches. The MFN201 has proven itself a solid flooring nailer for solid hardwood floors.
    Bostitch MFN201
     
    Best New Products for 2014:
    Bostitch Cordless Carton Closing Staplers - As far as innovative, new products are concerned, the Bostitch DSW-3519 and DSW-3522 cordless carton closing staplers are among our favorite new items of 2014. The first of their kind, increase the productivity of any packing and shipping operation with these handy tools. Drive up to 800 staples per 45 minute charge. Featuring an easy-load magazine and dial-a-depth adjustment for precise placement, what's not to love about these carton closing tools?
    Bostitch Cordless Carton Closer
    Senco FinishPro 21LXP - New from Senco, the FinishPro 21LXP fills a major gap in the finish and trim tool segment, seated right between the 18 gauge brad nailer and 23 gauge pin nailer. This 21 gauge pin nailer is designed for light wood assembly, craft work and trim. Featuring automatic magazine adjustment, a rear exhaust with embedded muffler, ultra-narrow nose, and last-nail-lockout to prevent dry firing, the 21LXP is drawing quite a bit of attention from others in its class.
     
    Senco 21LXP
    Paslode 50th Anniversary Framing Nailer (replaced by Paslode F-350P PowerMaster Pro - 515000) - When it comes to nail guns, most contractors agree, Paslode does it right. Celebrating 50 years in the pneumatic fastening industry, Paslode launched the F-350S anniversary framing nailer to commemorate the occasion. In addition to it's unique orange color scheme, this Paslode framing nailer also features a new valve design - for durability and increased power.
    Paslode 50th Anniversary Framing Nailer
    Cadex CB18.50A (replaced by Cadex V2/18.50) - New from Cadex, the CB18.50A is the 18 gauge brad nailer that everyone is talking about this year. Featured in Woodworker's Journal (July 2014), the CB18.50A features a 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, blower, 360 degree movable coupler, no-mar tip, anti-dry fire mechanism, and a carrying case. Try saying that list of features in one breath!
    Cadex CB18.50
    Bostitch Smart Point Finish & Brad Nailers - Last, but not least, we couldn't forget the Bostitch Smart Point series of finish and trim nailers. What's the benefit to Smart Point you ask? With a narrow nose that can reach into tight spaces, Smart Point not only improves versatility, it also reduces the amount of damage caused to a surface while firing. Available in a 15 gauge DA, 15 gauge FN, 16 gauge straight and 18 gauge brad variation, there's a Smart Point for everyone.
    Bostitch Smart Point
    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
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  • Visiting The 2014 STAFDA Show

    You were probably surprised to see there wasn't a new NGD blog post yesterday. Well, we're making up for it today, now that we're back from the STAFDA show.
    STAFDA 2014
    To summarize the entire 2014 STAFDA show, we would have to write a book. With several hundred exhibitors - and many more attendees - STAFDA is a mecca for the tool and fastener industry. Every year, the Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association puts on the event, hosting the convention in various cities across the U.S.
    STAFDA 2014
    This year, STAFDA visited Charlotte, NC. Home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and other attractions, here's a brief overview of NGD's trip to North Carolina.
    Charlotte, NC
    As tool and fastener technology continues to grow, STAFDA is a great place to catch a glimpse of the latest and greatest within the industry. Among highlights of the show, we caught a close-up glance at the Bostitch Smart Point nailers - as well as their all-new cordless carton closing staplers. We also saw QuikDrive's new cordless motor (powered by Fein), capable for use with all QuikDrive attachments. Stinger featured all of their cap fastening tools - and we saw an up close demonstration of the CAMO stand-up hidden-deck fastening tool.
    CAMO EdgePro
    From Senco, STAFDA served as the launching point for two new tools, the RoofPro 445XP and the SCN63LDXP structural foam insulation nailer. MAX displayed their completely refreshed CN565S2 (replaced by the CN565S3coil siding nailer - and Jaaco featured their ballistic pin tool, designed for fastening foam board to wood, steel and concrete - with available nosepiece attachments for washers.
    Pneu Tools
    Pneu Tools also debuted their new concept, a camouflage tool color scheme - pictured above. And we visited our friends at Cadex to check out their rock-solid line of finish and trim tools - including the CB18.50A (replaced by Cadex V2/18.50).
    BeA Rolling Tool
    We also got the chance to view and demo some new and exciting product lines - including products that are still in the concept phase. For 2015, look for new tools from Grex, Fasco, BeA, Everwin, Omer and many of your other favorite brands. Look for expanded product offerings on NGD as well - with new compressors and accessories coming to the site. For those interested in automated fastening solutions, we have something special in the works as well.
    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
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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 15-gauge 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 (also available in 16-gauge straight 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 Smart Point nailers in 15 gauge (BTFP72155 DA and BTFP72156 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 more popular 23 gauge variation, 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?
    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
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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.
    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
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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 added 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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