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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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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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