OK I'm very confused.
I used to work construction and if I handed the 20 year guy my pressure
caulking gun he would look at it and act like if he asked for hammer and I
handed him a hammer from a Bob the Builder Tool Belt. He only wanted a
I read a how to paint article in Home Handyman and the pro there also only
uses a ratchet gun.
I can't think of a single plus for a ratchet gun. The caulk comes out in
pulses and when you finish you have to hurry up and grab the rod before it
leaks all over your work. Now when you startup again you have to click it a
few times to build up the pressure again.
On a pressure gun the caulk comes out smoother and when you stop squeezing
guess what, the caulk stops flowing from the end of the tube.
Also I have read that pressure guns are easier to squeeze.
This is driving me a little crazy.
None of my ratchet guns require me to grab the rod at the end of run.
They all have a thumb activated lever just below the rod that releases
the ratchet. As I approach the end of the run, I simply swing my thumb
up and press the lever. The caulking stops almost immediately.
To start again takes maybe one squeeze...certainly not "a few"...to get
the caulk to flow.
This is my favorite gun:
I have a couple like this, with the "external" release, but I like the
Newborn much better.
OK I may have a bit of confusion on the names of guns. When I say ratchet
gun I mean one where the rod has teeth. To me those are not ratchet guns but
This website compares the two.
Oh and on my pressure guns you don't have to hit the release. Its kind of
backs off on its own.
OK, maybe it was I that was confused.
None of mine have teeth. They are all smooth rods with thumb lever releases.
Never tried one without a thumb release...don't know if I ever will
unless I buy one since I don't spend a lot of time caulking with
Yea on a racket gun the rod has teeth and you have disengage the teeth at
the end of every run. The way you do this is by grabbing the end of the rod
and turning it 90 degrees.
On my dripless I just stop and put the gun down. If you read that gun
comparison link, I can't find a single advantage to a ratchet gun.
Oh and that last line. I've been talking about this to my family and my 20
year son thinks he is still in middle school and can't stop giggling.
Why does everything these days need to be powered? Here we are paying a
fortune for gasoline and electricity and we have these lazy generation
of youth who dont have the muscle strength to operate a damn caulking
gun. No wonder they are all obese. I've used a hand operated caulking
gun for at least 40 years and they work just fine for me, unless the
caulk is old and semi dried (which means toss it and buy new caulk). I
see no sense having them powered. Just like a guy bought a powered
grease gun for his car. WHY?
Some years ago I was doing some construction for a guy, and he handed me
a power nailer for nailing studs. I tried it, and thought it was
obnoxious. It was heavy, had that blasted air hose fighting me for the
proper angle I wanted to toe nail, and it would shoot a nail before I
had the stud even and straight. I told him to buy some real nails and
grab my hammer out of my toolbox. That damn power nailer cut my
productivity in half, wasted several studs that seemed to shatter, and
this dont account for these power nailers being dangerous. No thanks.
I can build easier and faster with a plain hammer and nails.
Power saws and drills router and sanders are a good thing. I also like
my air ratchet. After that, I'll stick to plain old fashioned hand
Your experience differs from mine. Buy yourself a pneumatic brad nailer -
toe in the water, so to speak. In short order, you'll be working out for the
Olympics - in the Hammer Throw event.
I watched a team of roofers work on my neighbor's house. There was one guy
with a air-driver tack applier, and four others, each equipped with a hammer
and a supply of shingle tacks. I swear the pneumatic tool outpaced the
combined output of the four with their primitive tools.
By shingle tacks do you mean roofing nails for the shingles or button caps
for the felt?
We always used air nailers for the shingles but hand hammered the button
caps. After I no longer did construction I started to see narrow crown
staplers that applied button caps.
This would have been so much easier to use.
Roofing is one place I could see using a powered nailer. I say *could*.
meaning if it was designed well, and shot actual roofing nails. Somehow
the thought of a tool with an air hose attached on a roof seems like a
pain to handle. A hammer belt holder easily holds a hammer, but how do
you fight with an air tool with a 20lbs of hose trying to pull it to the
On the other hand, the "nail" matters even more. I recall somewhere
around 1990 a neighbor had his house re-roofed. They used a staple
rather than a nail. The staples had a crown about an inch wide. The
roof went on quickly and looked the same as a hand nailed roof. Shortly
after, there was a storm with high winds. The shingles on that roof
came off in sheets, leaving at least half that roof naked. Neighboring
homes with hand nailed shingles (many were older shingles), stayed
intact other than a few blown off tabs and damages from tree branches
falling on the roofs. Those staples just did not hold. I noticed the
shingles that landed in my yard were cut where those staples ripped thru
them, or the staples just pulled out and remained in the shingles. Upon
seeing that, I knoew I would never have them used on my home. In fact
the owner of my home (a relative), had to get a new roof several years
later and upon my advise, told the roofing company that he did not want
staples. He had to pay a little more but they used plain old roofing
nails, driven with a hammer.
Saving a few hours on a job is great, but not if the resulting job is
poor and prone to damage from storms that should not occur if the proper
nails are used.
.... Rant deleted ....
I'm not talking about an air pressure gun.
I'm talking about a ratchet gun with teeth on the rod vs. a gun with a
smooth rod (the people I worked with called it a pressure gun, as in "I
don't want to use a dam pressure gun").
But any way air guns are great getting into places where you can't swing and
also for things that may break or move. I guess when you do trim you love
to go around and set all those nails. :-)
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