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  • 10 Surprising Facts About Wood

    Recently, we were asked what type of nailer to use with a specific wood. And it got us thinking—what about wood? We talk a lot about tools and fasteners, but not so much about the actual material we use to build, make and play. So we compiled 10 interesting tidbits about wood. After all, where would we be without pine for lumber, or the hickory bats used in America’s favorite pastime? So, let’s take a swing and learn a few things.

    A Wooden Bridge Over a Creek

    Here are 10 Cool Facts About Wood:

     

    1. Trees not only absorb water, they filter and produce it. A single tree can absorb up to 100 gallons of water and release it into the air—in a day.

    2. There are more than 23,000 types of trees. They’re broadly divided into two groups—hardwood and softwood.

    3. The terms “hardwood” and "softwood” can be a bit misleading, as they don’t necessarily refer to the strength of the wood, but rather how the tree propagates. Hardwood trees are deciduous, have enclosed seeds and lose their leaves in a season. Most softwoods are evergreen with their seeds residing in cones. 

    4. Cedar, pine, fir, and other softwoods make up approximately 80% of the lumber used in construction, including framing and roofing. (Shop our framing or roofing tools and fasteners here). Softwoods are fast growing, more easily worked, and feature a wide grain.

    Image of Wooden Flooring

    5. Often used for carving, oak is extremely durable but difficult to work. It has a high tannin content, which makes it resistant to attack by insects. Take a wild guess at America's national tree.

    6. Oak and southern yellow pine (SYP) are the two most common woods used in pallet making. (See our tools for pallet and crate assembly.) 

    7. A softwood, cedar is used to make roof shingles. Easily sawed and nailed, cedar is a good insulator and it's resistant to humidity.

    8. Some of the most common natural woods used in flooring include the hardwoods maple, cherry, and oak. Other popular choices are teak and walnut. Click here to shop flooring tools and fasteners.)

    9. Native to North America, the Douglas fir is the traditional choice of Christmas trees. Other popular types include Scotch pine, cypress, cedar, and Colorado blue spruce.

    10. A 12-ton Norway spruce was used for the 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. After the holidays, the wood will be cut into pieces, kiln dried and milled. The finished beams will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

    Closeup of a Christmas Tree and Light

    Need a fun project for using leftover pallet wood? Habitat posted some steps for making a pallet Christmas tree. If anyone decides to try it, please post about it, below!

     

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • Top Resources For Tool Testing & Comparison

    Looking for a comprehensive overview of features, quality and value for your next fastening tool? Want an expert opinion? Getting the answers you need can be easier than many think - especially in the Internet Age. Let's take a look at some of NGD's favorite sources for tool and fastener reviews. Tested first by the pros - so you can get the best in quality and value.
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    For those that still rely on print publications for tool news, these magazines have become a "staple" in workshops across the country:
    Journal of Light Construction - One of the most trusted sources for tool reviews, the Journal of Light Construction (JLC) provides construction industry insight - with a heavy emphasis on the tools that power your projects. Get tips, tricks and unbiased knowledge from the pro's of this industry. JLC covers a wide variety of tools, including reviews for Senco, Bostitch, Hitachi, MAX and other key players within the fastening tool segment. Issues reflect specific industries including roofing, flooring, framing and more.
    Tools of the Trade - A sister publication to JLC, Tools of the Trade (TOTT) strictly focuses on the tools that power construction, renovation and manufacturing operations. Also recognized as a trusted source, TOTT is only published twice per year. However, its online database keeps content available year-round, should you have a specific tool you are researching. Both TOTT and JLC offer in-depth, rigorous tool comparison tests.
    Pro Tool Reviews - Another publication that shares its space in print as well as online, Pro Tool Reviews features reviews and analysis of many popular tools within the fastening industry. Covering all tool segments, Pro Tool Reviews is a great source for tool information - from manual hand tools to power fastening devices. They are also known for their annual innovation awards, where they recognize the best of the best newly launched tools each year.
    Maybe you are more in-tune with the blogosphere? For those that are tech savvy, there's a plethora of tool blogs to choose from - including our own of course! While we have a laundry list of great choices to recommend, we have selected three that frequently review and reference nail guns, staple guns, screw guns, air compressors and other tools pertinent to fastening. A few of our top picks, be sure to check out Tool Skool, Tool Box Buzz and HomeFixated. All three of these online resources are run by industry experts - so you can rest assured you are getting an accurate and educated representation of the tools you need. With project ideas, tool reviews and much more available - be sure to take some time to see what the bloggers have to say about your tool too.
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    Looking for expert knowledge specific to nailers, staplers and screw fastening systems? You can find new tool releases, how-to projects, tool demos, buyer's guides and more - right here on Nail Gun Depot's very own Nail Gun Network. We combine the best tool and fastener information available - announcing up-to-date facts and features on new product-lines, right as they launch. Whether you are looking for a new project to tackle, tips on getting the most out of your tools, or simply want to stay current on tool and fastener news - we've got it all.
    Have an idea or suggestion for the Nail Gun Network? Let us know at Sales@NailGunDepot.com.
    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
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  • What's A Cap Tool - And Why Should I Use One?

    If you work with housewrap or roofing underlayment, and still use a manual slap stapler, it's time to upgrade. After all, who wouldn't want to improve their workmanship, while increasing job site productivity? The solution is simple - add a cap nailer or cap stapler to your gang box.
    Stinger CN100
    What's the benefit of a cap fastener, versus a standard nail or staple? With a fastener and cap system, the cap helps protect and expand the surface area (holding power) of the fastener. This means the fastener is better able to withstand harsh weather conditions - protecting the housewrap or fabric from separating and tearing.
    Many manufacturers require capped fasteners be used with their wrap or felt, due to the increased strength and protection they provide. Cap tools can also be used for a variety of other applications including foam board installation, carpet padding and more. In other words, these tools are perfect for installing soft, dense material.
    Stinger Cap Tool
    If you're looking at cap nailers, you have a couple options to choose between. A popular choice among roofing contractors, consider the Stinger CN100. Similar to a cap stapler, cap nailers are perfect for roofing, sidewall and insulation board. Just be sure to confirm with the material manufacturer, whether a nail or staple is required for your application.
    For commercial roofing applications, where volume and speed are top priority, the Stinger RT3 (formerly RT2) is one of the best options we've come across. Simply walk the tool along the line you are cap nailing, and let the tool do the rest.
    Senco BC58
    When it comes to cap staplers, you'll have more than a few options to choose from. Look to Senco's BC58 cap button stapler, Hitachi's N3808AP cap stapler, Pneu Tools Rap-A-Cap 58 (RC-58), and of course, Stinger brand cap tools - including the CH38-2 (manual fire), CH38A (auto fire) and CS150 (replaced by the CS 150B) (air-powered) cap tools. Once again, material and surface fastening requirements will dictate whether a staple or nail is best suited for your job.
    Before you buy a cap tool, be sure to consider the following:
    • Manual vs. Auto-Firing Tool
    • Tool Weight & Balance
    • Tool Maneuverability
    The benefit to a manual cap stapler, such as the Stinger CH38-2, the tool is lightweight and smaller in size - which makes it easier to maneuver. On the other hand, pneumatic cap staplers are bulkier in design; typically weighing between four and five pounds - before caps and staples have been loaded.
    Despite its larger size, for heavy-duty, high-volume use, most contractors still choose an auto-fire cap tool over the manual hammer tacker.
    Stinger CH38
    Need additional help? Let one of our trained technicians guide you to the perfect cap tool for your project.

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
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