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Old 01-24-2012, 12:07 PM   #46
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thats a joke right?

i hear you on the shoulder, elbow, wrist and forearm pain thing lone.. when i went out framing large custom houses that were almost entirely built from engineeered lumber i had the same problem using my 22 oz estwing, i switched back to my japanse nailing hammer to stop the pain just before i bought my stilletto.

we were framing those houses in the winter which meant driving pairs of hand spike every 16" to draw the super hard frozen engineered lumber together then after everying was assembled, then the guns would get used fo finish off laminating.. the guns dont draw together lumber, and they sure as hell couldnt sink the nails in the engineered stuff
Even in the summer time guns don't draw lumber together in the hands of the inexperienced.
I'de repeat myself until I was blue in the face reminding them to use their hammers and give the gun nails a good smack to draw that [stuff] together nice and tight.
Like you said, especially with micros.
I want to see the glue shoot across the room when you beat them together.

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I have a Hitachi NR90AC3 for framing, Hitachi 15 and 18 gauge finish nailers, a Grex 23 gauge pinner, a Porta Nailer 18 gauge stapler and a Bostitch palm nailer.

Don't use a hammer much these days except for demo work, and the Estwing works great for that.

What do you guys suggest for a good basic hammer for an old guy like me? Keep in mind I'm just a DIY home owner.
Your Estwing will work fine for you unless you are a tool junkie like some of us.
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That's something I never figured out: How many 16 green vinyls in a keg?
The last monster (12,000 sg ft) I built took a couple of those and at least 3 boxes of strip nails.
Between those and all the 8's and deck screws we probably had over 300 lbs in fasteners.
I used this chart to estimate the number of nails in one of the common homes I used to frame.

http://www.leaderhome.com/nails.html

In my estimation, I was banging 216,666 nails per year, or 1.8 nails per minute, 40 hours per week for 50 weeks per year.

There's a really good chance that is an under-estimation.
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The same applies to a hammer drill that is plugged in. Never leave it on top of the ladder! Let's just say I got lucky, because it missed me. It could have got ugly!
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The same applies to a hammer drill that is plugged in. Never leave it on top of the ladder! Let's just say I got lucky, because it missed me. It could have got ugly!
Don't leave a Ram Set on top of the ladder either, they say they will not fire falling off a ladder but they sure will.
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Don't leave an 80lb bag of wet cement up there either! It'll knock you down if it falls!

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