I am finishing up a remodel and need to mount some 4 1/4 inch baseboard.
I am going through 5/8" drywall and the guy at home depot told me to get
a 18 guage 11/4 inch brad nailer which I did. After thinking about it I
realize that with quarter inch moulding that would only leave 3/8" of
brad to penetrate the wall studs. I am thinking that perhaps I should be
using a minimum of 1 1/2". So much for the $69 home depot compressor I
bought! I want to get a quite compressor as I will be using it indoors
and a gun. Should I go for a 18 G 5/8 - 2" or should I go for a 16 G 2
1/2?? From the reading I have been doing it seems that the finish
carpenters generally feel that the 16 G is a waste of money and
recommend getting a 18G 2" and a 15 G 2 1/2 " but I am not sure. Given
that I do everything in my house but don't often do finish work, I would
like to get one gun to start that will handle installing door and window
trim, door stop, jams etc. as well as small ledgers for shelving etc. Is
a 18G brad robust enough for these applications. If anyone has
recommendations for a good compressor under $500 and a gun or two if
that is the consensus to get me started I would appreciate it.
18GA isn't stiff enough for reliable use in oak or other hardwood trim
imo other than very light stuff such as window casing (but if firing
into edge of hw window frame may still be an issue).
I went the single larger finish nailer for the first one; more specialty
choices are for after find and have specific uses imo.
There is no such thing as a "quiet" compressor; some are a little less
loud than others. The general "best-buy" imo is one of the pancake
compressor packages. Frankly, there's not a whole lot to choose between
any of the "name" names. I've used Bostitch since forever, but that's
just cuz it's what I started w/ and have stuck w/ out of habit...
A little less loud? Maybe not a quiet one, but there is one hell of a
difference between the cheap oilless ones compared to a belt driven
reciprocating / Piston Air type. The oilless ones are probably at least
4 times as loud. Plus the oilless is higher frequency and the sound is
more objectionable to most people.
On Nov 30, 11:23 am, email@example.com wrote:
In your situation I'd recommend the Paslode Trimpulse nailer. You
don't have to muck about with the compressor and air hose, and it
takes a wide range of nails lengths - something like 3/4" to 2 1/2".
It will handle pretty much all of your trim needs. I wouldn't install
a door using only a trim nailer. I like something with a bit more
heft, so I use a few hand driven finish nails or some screws hidden
behind the stops. Unless you're doing a lot of doors, it's not worth
getting another nail gun.
My 16 gage POS cheapo brad nailer failed and my neighbor was in the
market for a 16 gage nailer. I pointed him towards the Paslode
16gage straight magazine nailer (since I had LOTS of expensive SS 16
The thing has been great.....so much easier to use to bang in a few
brads with it than get out the hose & compressor. We use a lot more
often for all sorts of stuff just because it is SO quick and easy.
If I were doing factory or some sort of high production work (floors
or shear walls) I probably use a traditional pneumatic tool. But for
trim or other light duty or quick work.....Paslode is the way to go!
Often we're done with the task is less time than it would take to
setup the compressor & pump up.
Warning: Old gas cartirdges (very close to or beyond expiration
date) can cause frustrating misfiring behavior .....like 50 to 75%
Also want to mention that I might be needing to nail some 1/2 - 3/4 inch
oak threshold material onto a hardwood floor so the gun will need to
shoot into oak. Will this compressor with a 18 guage brad nailer do that?
On Nov 30, 10:23 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
If you want to buy just once and use the tools for a decade or more,
get a Senco compressor and both the 16 and 18 gage Senco nailers. Sure
there are cheaper options, but if you would like years of trouble free
service these will outlast most of the box store cheapies by a factor
of three or more. And they make really great nails, too.
Even if you are budget constrained, both large and small gage nailers
are a must for trim work. Your choice.
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