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Old 05-18-2012, 06:02 PM   #1
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I already own a Bostitch 18 gauge brad nailer. I am considering adding either an 16 gauge or 15 gauge finish nailer to my arsenal. I am an avid DIY'er who likes adding toys. Since I already have an 18 gauge brad nailer, am I better off getting the 15 gauge over the 16 gauge in your opinion. Again, don't really need one, but adding to my toys. Mostly used for trim purposes.

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Old 05-18-2012, 06:50 PM   #2
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i say since you already have the 18, i'd go with the 15.

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Old 05-18-2012, 06:54 PM   #3
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I would go with the 16 gauge. I've been building new homes for almost 30 years and 16 gauge is by far the predominantly used tool for trimwork.
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trust me lone knows his stuff, you dont wanna compare nail gun collections with him

honestly though, the 15 gauge does have more holding power due to the larger shank and larger head, however it leaves a larger nail hole and nails or it cost quite a bit more than 16 gauge nails

i trim out new construction homes and high end reno's all the time and i use a 16 gauge for interior trim (hanging doors, setting window boxes, built in shelving) with no issue. we do have a 15 gauge but its kept for exterior trim purposes when using Azek trim, it requires the extra holding power to hold up against the elements
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So a 16 gauge will handle just about anything a DIY'er may come across? I don't think I would come across an application needing galvanized nails that requires the 15 gauge.
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