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Old 07-21-2009, 03:21 PM   #1
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Beyond using Craftsman's automatic hammer (which is unfortunately on back order), what are some options for driving nails in tight spaces; too tight to swing a hammer? Thanks!
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Use a palm nailer. Paslode, senco, bostitch, ridgid, hitachi and a lot of other manufacturers make them for around $70. They're used with an air compressor and work as slick as a whistle (and a heck of a lot better than anything battery powered that Craftsman makes).
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You can also drive structurally rated screws in tight places, especially if you have a right angle drill. Just make sure the screws are rated for the application, and are correctly installed (i.e. you drill the correctly sized pilot hole).
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As KC said: http://search.harborfreight.com/cpis...iler&Submit=Go

Come to Tacoma, Harbor Freight by the Narrows Bridge or a $50, better one a BMC West on South Tacoma Way.

Or a stubby: http://search.harborfreight.com/cpis...mmer&Submit=Go

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Old 07-22-2009, 11:48 PM   #5
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Thanks to ALL of you for the quick replies. Those are both options I hadn't thought of, and I'm looking forward to using your advice as I tackle the joists one more time tomorrow.
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