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CJIII 02-27-2013 11:46 AM

Nail guns?
I am wondering do you need nail guns to tackle carpentry projects?

kaschmid3 02-27-2013 11:50 AM

Depends how many nails your putting in and how strong your arm is. Cause there r different guns for everything. Framing, siding, roofing, ticos trim

12penny 02-27-2013 11:53 AM

Of course not. That's what hammers are for.

DannyT 02-27-2013 12:33 PM

it never stopped anyone before nail guns were invented

KS remodeler 02-27-2013 12:49 PM

Not necessarily, a lot of people prefer to use screws, especially now with the impact drivers

Larryh86GT 02-27-2013 01:18 PM

You don't need one but they sure are helpful.

CJIII 02-27-2013 02:35 PM

I really did not wonted to own a lot of nail guns. When I went to trade school carpentry we hand drive everything.

12penny 02-27-2013 03:13 PM

Sometimes, still the best way.

woodworkbykirk 02-27-2013 03:20 PM

for production go guns.. for trim guns work better as they dont split the material.. and you cant hand nail mdf..

for framing hand nailing draws wood together to suck it tight .. but gun nailing wont do that

CJIII 02-27-2013 04:01 PM

Ya I've agree, about the framing hand nailing.

jeffnc 02-27-2013 05:29 PM

Nail guns have some fantastic advantages over hammers, sometimes.

Nail guns don't move whatever you're trying to attach. They drive the nail through in one pass. Hammers take several passes, and often dent the material you're driving through. And then, they often need a nailset. Can you imagine how much time it would take to install trim, baseboard and crown with a regular hammer?

For roofing, it's almost unbelievably fast.

For framing, it's not a complete revolution, but it is faster.

Having said that, screws do have an advantage over nails in many cases. Before electric drivers, it would have been ridiculously slow and expensive to use screws in some cases instead of nails. Now, not so much.

I use primarily an 18 ga brad nailer and a 15 ga trim nailer. I don't do much framing, but the small repairs I do are normally done with screws, usually the newer structural screws.

CJIII 02-27-2013 05:40 PM

I understand a nail gun has it advantages.

woodworkbykirk 02-27-2013 06:20 PM

nail guns are 5x faster than screws and nails dont cost as much.. i do it both ways but screws are used for things that may need to be moved do to a change order

CJIII 02-27-2013 06:25 PM

I've Agree that nail guns are faster than screws. I am going to try find a Senco SFN40 15 Guage Nailer to replace my 16 guage DeWalt.

oh'mike 02-27-2013 06:45 PM

Nail guns allow you to be efficient and competitive-----they are needed,I believe if you are going to be in the carpentry business----and wish to offer quality work at a proper speed---

I used to be able to frame by hand rather quickly----the efficiency gain was good but not earth shaking----

With trim work----the gain in speed and accuracy using guns is remarkable---I would not even consider trim wirh without nail guns----

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