Rueful chuckle- as bad as my close-work depth perception is getting
(what with my blurry-anyway eyes pointing in different directions), I
always do pilot holes for hammer-driven finish trim work. One of these
days, I'm gonna have to assemble and teach myself to use that HF trim
nailer I bought with the 40-buck pancake compressor last year. (Not like
I'll ever being doing production work for money again- and for chores
around here, I can drive 3 nails and stare at the work for 30 seconds
while the compressor cycles.)
Even that pancake will probably keep up. I've poked over 100 brads
with an 8 gallon tank charged to 100 pounds.
When you put that thing together, be sure to put some padding on your
forehead. You'll be smacking yourself for not getting around to
that a long time ago.
It is one of *those* kind of toys.
It is the chores themselves I have been avoiding, not the 'put the tools
together' part. Got some baseboards that need redoing, as well as the
insides of most of the closets. I've also got a power miter saw I have
yet to open the box on, from a couple 3 years ago.
Amazing how easy it is to put off stuff, with no SWMBO in the house, and
low standards. If the neighbors can't see it, there is no hurry, etc.
On further thought, I do remember chucking up a finish nail to pre-
drill holes in hardwood trim to ensure fit and no splitting.
That is what I ended up doing, but it still split the wood. That would not
happen with the spinner.
That does not happen with chucking the headless finish nail "bit" in a
drill. I don't know what you did, but you did the something or the
wood was wonky and would have split regardless of what spun the nail.
I clip off the head, chuck it into the drill, file the flats a bit to
sharpen up the edges, then spin the drill to see if the nail is
straight. They usually aren't. I bend the nail by hand until there
is little to no run-out, and it's good to go.
I did that and it still split a few times. That has never happened with
the spinner. I only had 3 sets of door casings to do and was not about
to go out and buy a compressor and trim nail gun for the task. I was
also not about to go out and find one to borrow and then go hunt for
the proper nails for it.
The clipped nail chucked in the drill split the wood while you were
driving it? That's curious. Where were these nails located that
split the wood, what size were they and what sort of wood were the
I don't see how the physics of spinning a nail with a spinner is any
different than spinning it with a drill, but that's neither here nor
I needed one about 2 years ago and could only find them at Sears.
I hit a couple s Sear locations in my area but they were "out of
I was too lazy to buy a couple through Sears online store.
Now they appear to be MIA everywhere..... :(
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