I just bought a pancake compressor and will soon buy a pneumatic nailer.
I have to eventually re-trim the whole house and will likely buy a 16
gauge finish nailer for that, unless someone suggests otherwise. I also
have to take a small closet door apart in the bathroom. What I'm going
to be doing is removing and replacing (moving it back further) the
little strips in the doorway that go up against the door when it's in
the closed postition, as it looks like they were improperly installed
the first time and causing an interference with the door. It was
originally fastened with some kind of small woodworking staples. I was
wondering if I should just use the finish nailer that I'll be getting on
this, or to get one on of the pneumatic staplers and fasten it the way
it originally was.
Thanks for any help,
I like to be able to use the correct terms. English is a tool just like any
other. You must use it properly. I was thinking that it might be called a
"stop", because I kept thinking of it as "that thing that stops the door". It's
funny how the names actually reflect what they do sometimes :)
Duane Bozarth wrote:
I'm not an expert, and don't own either. However, when some pros used a nail
gun to put our baseboards back after a remodeling project they managed to
nail a pipe. That makes me think a stapler is safer; but I suppose another
answer is to use shorter nails.
I am lucky enough to own a whole family of pneumatic nailers from crown
staplers right up to a framer, roofing nailer and a new battery powered
For installing things like prehung doors etc I like the 16 gage finish
nailer. However, for installing trim, I prefer the 18 gage brad nailer.
Reason is that you get less splitting and the brad nails are nearly
invisible if the depth is set properly. Many of the brad nails have brown
heads so if you and installing a darker colored trim there may be no need to
fill. As long as you get long enough brads, they will hold plenty tight.
Nails will be just fine. I rarely use my stapler. You do get a bit more
holding power, but you also get more to fill in after. I use the stapler
for things like a bookcase back that is not visible.
If you've not done so yet, you can buy a kit with an air nozzle, tire
inflator, ball inflator, etc. Handy to have around.
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