Brad nailer - 18 ga. big enough?

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Actually you should buy what suites you. I world not buy Porter Cable or DeWalt, I prefer the more refined and dependability of Senco, Bostitch, and Grex although I also own Craftsman which has performed admirably every time I have used it in the last 15 years and I do have the HF brand for occasional use. Perhaps some day you will move up from PC or DeWalt. :~o
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On Sun, 8 Aug 2010 21:35:26 -0700, "Steve B"

Poor Steve. You just don't realize that -most- tools, including all your pricy name-branded schtuff, are made in China _anyway_, and are then priced 4x up for the name-brand. If you want to waste your money for a label, go right ahead. Some day you'll wise up. ;)
For daily/critical tools, I buy known better products, such as the Bosch and Makita impactors. For the rest, I buy decent tools for a lot less money and they work flawlessly for me.
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Yabbut, Lar, there's no cachet value in those chea.....uh.........low pric.........uh......implements. I wear a disguise when I go to HF.
Max
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I happily shop both Wally World and Harbor Fright without disguises, you total _wuss_, you.
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I had one of these:
http://www.harborfreight.com/air-tools/nailers-staplers/18-gauge-2-inch-brad-nailer-66995.html
I dod not like it because for two reasons:
1. Periodic jams 2. No plastic nose protector.
Number 2 is the real reason why I own a bostich now. When installing door or window casings, it would leave a slight divot on the molding from just depressing the nose to enable the firing mechanism.
To me, that was unacceptable. It's not an issue for the backs of a cabinet, but a big deal on interior trim.
-Steve
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On 8/9/2010 10:20 AM, StephenM wrote:

http://www.harborfreight.com/air-tools/nailers-staplers/18-gauge-2-inch-brad-nailer-66995.html
Now, that is useful information. Rare in HF threads. Mine's never jammed but I do get the divot. Never been a big deal for me because I countersink the brad and putty over it and smoothing the putty gets the divot too, but I can see where it would be a problem if you're doing a clear finish.

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Thankyou.
Rare in HF threads. Mine's never

Painted... but still a problem for me as the nail hole takes filler well but a dent, not so much. Anyway about it, its more work to arive at a decent final finish
-Steve
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Don't buy a combination. If you need both, buy separate guns.
Regarding air staplers, I bought one using 1/4" wide crown staples for putting some 1/4" thick backs on a cabinet. Didn't think I would use it much. Found it to be one of the handiest guns in the shop. The first one was only up to about 1" long, I have added another that takes 1 1/2" staples. I use either one for many jobs that I never thought I would. Stapling plywood underlay down to the floor with long staples every 4" -- it goes real fast. I even installed strapping on the ceiling by using long staples and firing about 5 to 6 at every joist -- again it goes fast and saves my poor shoulder from hammering upward while holding both nail and strapping at the same time. To see if it would be strong enough, I lifted and held my 230 pound body by one of the straps to see if they would hold -- they did. I have found that when holding power is needed, staples out hold brads, so where appearance is not needed, I always reach for the staple gun.
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Get a 16 Ga nailer. If you want to put baseboards on other heavy trim on you can shoot 2.5" nails with "T" heads and do a decent job and they won't fall off like the smooth 18 Ga. toys.
They will also shoot 18 gauge brads ("L" shaped heads) for smaller jobs until the glue dries.
I have about 6 of the 18 Ga. anilers. They give them a way with every compressor and accessorie package. The 16 Ga units you have to pay for as they actually work well.
I need some advice about a pneumatic brad nailer. I've never had one, and they look like they would be a real help when the guys on TV use them. Question #1: Is an eighteen gauge nailer what I want? I will be building a bookcase/desk out of plywood (to be painted) and I'll be using the nailer to attach trim around the top, and to put on the backs of the bookcases ( plywood). Not sure just yet if I will use it for the shelves, but I'm pretty sure I won't they will probably be adjustable.
I really know nothing about brad sizes. If I don't buy any air nailer, I will probably use 1 brads to attach the backs (with glue of course) but a pneumatic nailer would make the job a whole lot easier. I think or 5/8 brads of any diameter would be good for the trim but I question if 18 ga. x 1 would be big enough. The piece will be built-in, and screwed to the wall through the plywood back, which is the reason for using the plywood instead of .
Question #2: Some nailers also drive staples. What are staples good for? Upholstery? Insulation?
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Jeez , a finish nailer is a toy compared to a framing nailer, might as well recomend a framing nailer cause it will shoot 3 inch nails in case you want to build a house. For the light weight work that the OP mentioned, a finish nail would probably be way too much and he would run the risk of splitting the trim.
Buy the gun that is best suited for the job at hand, not for what you migh need it for in the future.
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To do things right, you need a selection.
http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o290/Robatoy/Gunrack.jpg
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wrote in message To do things right, you need a selection.
http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o290/Robatoy/Gunrack.jpg
Imaheadofyou LOL... I think a coiled roofing nailer is the only gun I don't have. Pneumatic Framer, Finish, Brad, Pinner, Stapler, Palm.
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Now you really have me beat. All I have now is a 16ga Paslode and buying a Grex pinner.
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I used all those 18Ga toys they supply with every pneumatic compressor and roll of toilet paper. They work great for stapling sheeting down but for baseboards and casings you need something that doesn't just hold until the glue dries. That takes some length on the fastener into real wood framing studs, not caulking to hold the baseboard on. With a 3/4" baseboard and 1/2" drywall on a slight angle you need one and a half inches of brad or pin to reach the framing. Now if you are OK with 1/4" of smooth pin holding you baseboard into a rough piece of spruce framing, twisting as it dries out than all you need is 1.75" pins and heads are required as there is no pulling ability anyway.
Get the 16Ga Paslode, as suggested by Robatoy and use it for 18Ga pretend nails until the glue dries. You will have a nailer for trimming rooms and actually holding thing together, also.
Next somebody can explain how they held 5.1/2" crown moulding up with the 23Ga cat whisker pins until the PL400 dried...LOL
Now you really have me beat. All I have now is a 16ga Paslode and buying a Grex pinner.
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*snip*

Ask the guy who built the wall over at Doug's place.
Puckdropper
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Never teach your apprentice everything you know.

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You talking about the OCD specialist in everybody's killfilter list?
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Ask the guy who built the wall over at Doug's place.
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Who in the world are you responding to?
The OP did not ask about attaching base board to a wall. He wants to attach trim to a furniture. Again a finish nail gun on furniture may be your cup of tea along with distressed furniture, which is what you are going to get if you build furniture with a finish nail gun.

And I again ask why not go with a framing nailer and be done with it??
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Perhaps you need to reread the OP's questions and try to stay on the topic posted, instead of attempting a moronic overexageration distraction.
My recommendation stands.
Who in the world are you responding to?
The OP did not ask about attaching base board to a wall. He wants to attach trim to a furniture. Again a finish nail gun on furniture may be your cup of tea along with distressed furniture, which is what you are going to get if you build furniture with a finish nail gun.
And I again ask why not go with a framing nailer and be done with it??
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I need some advice about a pneumatic brad nailer. I've never had one, and they look like they would be a real help when the guys on TV use them. Question #1: Is an eighteen gauge nailer what I want? I will be building a bookcase/desk out of plywood (to be painted) and I'll be using the nailer to attach trim around the top, and to put on the backs of the bookcases ( plywood). Not sure just yet if I will use it for the shelves, but I'm pretty sure I won't they will probably be adjustable.
You reread it, I reposted it above for your convenience.
I think a finish nailer would be a moronic exageration for any of the above.
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Uh, Leon. Josepi is a troll. PDFTFT.
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