Ditto that...I got mine for 10 bucks about 6 years ago also....still
works fine. I also have one that came with a small compressor I
purchaed but have never had a need to even get it out of the box.
Thanks guys. I went to the other HF (not quite as local but still less than
an hour away) and they had the gun in stock ($20). It is an oiled combo
brad/stapler gun. It'll hold up to 2" brads. I brought it home, read the
manual and shot a few 1" brads. It's everything I need for now.
I typically don't cut corners on nail guns. I do however have a HF staple
gun that I bought for a specific job and figured that if it lasted past that
I would be ahead of the game. It still works and I am still happy with it.
If you are going to be an occasional user I'd say go for it. Worst case,
you use it a lot and it eventually fails, then you up grade.
And uh Nailshooter is the guy to listen to concerning these particular type
tools. Robert the Bostich framer that I bought per your recommendation is
doing great and is building more fences than I actually like to do. Now if
only there was a post hole digger that could see cables and pipes before you
begin to dig.
Glad that bad boy is still getting it done for you, Leon. Think how
many nails you put in a fence shooting on pickets...
Pretty good testimony for Bostitch.
Post hole diggers.... ouch. I am going to repair my own fence soon,
and the "widow makers" haven't seen the light of day in a while. Not
looking forward to that task!
How well those work depend _a lot_ on the type of soil. Here in central
Indiana, our soil is mostly clay. Those powered augers work just fine in *dry*
clay -- but in *wet* clay, all they do is screw the auger down into the soil.
You're better off digging by hand.
Agreed, for a few holes.
In my area there are a number of contractors with hydraulic augers that
mount on a backhoe/mini excavator's boom arm. The going rate is about
$10 per hole. The minimum number of holes vary but it's usually between
6 and 10. In my opinion it's worth the expense.
Agreed, or as Jack suggested just rent a backhoe auger. A buddy of mine
and I recently drilled eight 24" holes into the dry Austin Texas clay
and limestone with a two-man 12" auger. Oh. My. GAWD. I may just be a
wimp, but that was the most physically demanding thing I've ever done.
Free bad advice available here.
To reply, eat the taco.
Actually I have used them and prefer the standard manual labor post hole
digger. The gas operated ones are no better at detecting under ground cable
or pipe. Had I been using one on the last 2 jobs I would have been in a
I did check with the local utilities. In fact the local water and sewer
will only locate up to the meter. From the meter to the house you are on
your own. Additionally unless going over 16" deep there is no requirement
to request a location. I cut a cable line 6 weeks ago at 12". I paid them
to repair the section however they attempted to charge me for a complete
100' replacement. It appears that they were lucky that I reported the cut
and paid for the repair at all as I really did not have to call at all and
they showed up past the required wait period to mark their line.
The "call before you dig" laws vary by state. In NY there is no > 16"
stipulation. The only exception to the law is farming.
There are some places where the transcontinental fiber optic cable that
I'm responsible for is at a depth of only 4" deep to cross over other
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