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IIRC the Paslode brand nails that I am talking about come 7500 to the box. Good for about 600' of fence using 6" pickets and 3 rails between posts.
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On Thu, 14 Oct 2004 18:08:01 GMT, "Leon"

because the tendonitis in my elbow makes driving nails with a hammer rather painful. The thing is that for general "around-the-place" type work you need about 10 different sizes/types of nails on hand. Right now all I have are 12d (3") and 8d? (2") both are shiny and I really need galvanized for stuff. And ring-shanks are great for siding on the shed I'm fixing, and for "real" framing I want some 3 1/2". etc. etc. etc.
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Lowe's and HD typically have generic framing nails 2000 to the box for about $20 or so.
On Thu, 14 Oct 2004 10:26:43 -0700, Tim Douglass

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On Thu, 14 Oct 2004 18:26:52 -0500, Thomas Kendrick

Haven't seen them here, but Lowes just opened a couple weeks ago, so things may change. I'll check again.
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Well, if your wife OK'd it now is the time to get the compressor too. I had an electric and it is OK for certain jobs, but you won't be happy with it. Since I got a pneumatic gun I never use the electric; air is definitely the way to go. I have two 18 ga. brad guns from Harbor Freight. One shoots up to 2" brads, the other up to 1 3/16" They are frequently on sale for around $20 and $14. Not too long ago they had a narrow-crown stapler (up to 1 5/8") on sale for $23, and it has been surprisingly useful around the house.
By the way, you don't need much of a compressor to run these things. All I have is an old "painting unit" tankless, that I've connected to a portable 5 gal carry tank, and it works fine.
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snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (Cleve L.) wrote in message

Oil-lubricated 2 hp compressor (recovers tank pressure noticeably more quickly than a 1 hp or 1.5 hp unit)
Do not even think about electrically powered nailers.
There is very little substitution opportunity between nailers and staplers. Probably 16 ga. and 15 ga. finish nailers are the only exception.
If it's a one-time project (like replacing a roof), consider renting the tool.
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I'd go get an air nailer or two. If your current compressor has a tough time keeping up (unlikely), keep your eyes open for a used one. I got a 15 gallon oil-lube for $60. It's 15 years old, and runs like new.
For birdhouses and such, I'd get an 18 ga. brad nailer. For trim, a 15 ga. angled finish nailer. For the side of the house, it depends on what you're doing, but a framing nailer may be necessary. For trim on the side of your house, the 15 ga. finish nailer is fine.
In about a year, as projects came up, I bought my brad nailer for $14 from Harbor Freight. I bought my Porter Cable finish nailer refurbished from Tyler Tool. I bought my Bostitch framing nailer well-used from a pawn shop. All work well, though the brad nailer doesn't shoot straight.
-Mike
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