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strategery 07-07-2013 07:42 PM

What kind of nailer should I get?
First of all, my question is probably stupid to advanced diy'ers. I apologize in advance for my stupidness.

I'm very new to this and sick of paying through the nose hiring out work when I could be doing it myself. I've got 3-4 projects I'd like to do and I need a nailer. I know that there's quite a difference between finishing nailers and framing nailers, but that's all I know.

I want to do some sheetrocking first. I will be buying some sheets and nailing them to the studs. Would I want a finishing or framing nailer for this?

Next I want to build a few things: a birdhouse, a dog house and later on a shed. The shed is obviously going to be the most labor intensive as well as the biggest in size, so I'm guessing the framing nailer will only work for this? It's not going to be a huge shed though.

Also, I have seen some new nailers that use a lithium ion battery and don't require a compressor or gas cartridge. Any framing nailers in this category? Does anyone here have any confidence in these types of nailers?

ANY feedback is appreciated. I know nothing at this point, but I'm eager to learn. Thanks for your input!

joecaption 07-07-2013 09:00 PM

Sheetrock needs to be screwed not nailed. Nails pull out to easy.
There's no such thing that I know of as a sheetrock nailers.
One of the best and useful tools you can buy is an impact driver. It can drive screws, with adaptors it can drive sockets, or drill holes. That's what I used to hang sheetrock.
A finish gun is for things like installing trim, or I guess you could use it for building a bird house.
A framing gun is a great tool but if your only building one small shed and a dog house then I would just hand nail it.
For what little your going to use it for I would not be buying a high dollar cordless nailer.

strategery 07-07-2013 09:08 PM

I already have a cordless drill/driver by rigid. Will that work for Sheetrock?

joecaption 07-07-2013 09:15 PM

Not what I would use but if you have plenty of battery's for back up it will work.
Just use a Dimpler in the chuck.

strategery 07-07-2013 09:20 PM

Or is it acceptable to just hammer the screws to fasten the drywall? We aren't talking about a big project here. Maybe just a bathroom and kitchen in a small house.

I do have two lithium ion batteries for my rigid.

Not sure how the dimple works but instructions can't be hard to find.

joecaption 07-07-2013 09:22 PM

Screws are never nailed.
A dimpler is so simple to use I doubt there's even directions with it.

strategery 07-07-2013 10:20 PM

I didn't know that. I did read a bit about them and apparently it's a tool to prevent a novice from driving the screws in the sheetrock too far?

Maybe I should practice with my driver and a small piece of sheetrock.

ToolSeeker 07-09-2013 09:42 PM

Yes you can use the ridgid drill driver in fact I would recommend it for a beginner the impact driver is too easy to drive the screws too deep. Then they have no holding power.
As for the nailer I would look into renting one or craigs list just for a small shed. and I usually use a brad nailer for trim. Finish nailers come in different sizes the 15 gauge should work well for your smaller projects.

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