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Old 03-05-2012, 08:47 PM   #1
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Hi all, I'm really struggle hammering these upper nails in. I don't have a lot of extra cash right now. Are there reasonably priced nail guns that anyone can recommend? Will I need a compressor? Thanks for your help....



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For the average nail gun....yes, you will need a compressor....

There is an electric nail gun......it will cost you more than a pneumatic air gun....but is cheaper than buying a compressor as well....

I picked up my Campbell Hausfield compressor AND 3 nail guns (big, med, small) at HD a few years ago for about $300....it was a sale....you really don't need as much as I have....if your wanting just a finishing nailer...then a small 'pancake' compressor will work fine...

Craigs List.....if your lucky you will find someone saleing one cheap.

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unless your going to do more then that. I would recommend renting a nail gun and compressor. that way you get what you need done and your out what 60 dollars VS a few hundred. Just my advice.
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Joe…you’ve made it this far on the project by hand nailing, just pre-drill the holes with a bit slightly smaller than the nails and you’ll be fine.
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Joe....what kind of hammer are you using? If it's a smooth head then I can see why your having issues.....
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Depending on how much nailing you have to do, (ie, is pre-drilling all your holes going to take forever? that is a good idea, btw) why not buy a used Paslode nailer and re-sell it when you are done?
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Palm nailers are great for the hammer impaired. You wouldn't want to use one 40 hours a week as nerve and joint damage are a big risk but the occasional use is no threat. They are cheap too. Around $30.
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If you don't want to invest in the cost of ownership, you can rent nail guns and compressors at local tool and equipment rental companies.

On the other hand, Home Depot usually has deals on Porter Cable (or other brand compressors) with 2 or 3 nail guns included.
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You might check pawn shops if there are any near you. With the downturn in construction, my local one has lots of tools.
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yes you will need a compressor for a pnuematic nailer. harbor freight has nailers and air compressors for a cheap price...perfect for a part time diy'er. i would definitely look into something higher quality if you are doing heavy duty projects though. but they seem to be ok for here and there usage.
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You might check pawn shops if there are any near you. With the downturn in construction, my local one has lots of tools.
The only problem is that some of those tools are pieces of crap and may be presently working, but may also be on their last legs.

You also have no idea if proper maintenance has been performed regularly.
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Keeping in mind that the OP indicated that he did not really want to spend the extra $$ right now, not to mention the fact that a lot of us did a lot of what might be now be considered amazing, before pneumatic nailers were available, at least in the realm of affordability, I think that Ron nailed it a few posts back. Absolutely nothing wrong with this, Joe.

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Another option is to use trim head screws.

Example: http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=1355

HD sells them blued.

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