As already mentioned- a finish nailer would serve you well. Finish
nailers come in both 15 gauge and 16 gauge. The 15 gauge is more heavy
duty and comes with an angled body. The 16 gauge shoots a thinner nail
with a bottom rail that is square to the nosepiece. Depending on the
thickness of your stock, type of stock (mdf vs. hardwood) and/or budget
will determine whether you can get away with a 16 ga. or need to lay
out the extra $ for the 15. Personally I started out with an 18 ga.
brad nailer for tacking together furniture pieces while the glue dries
and for the occasional very light moulding application. I recently
bought a 15 ga. for installing door and window casing and baseboards
during the remodeling of our house. If you're doing things like heavy
crown mouldings you may want to go with the 15 ga. You don't want
things falling down from the ceiling area. Renting may be an option too
if you don't plan on using the pneumatic gun in the future. Do as much
prep as you can so that when you rent the tool you are ready to just
start shooting nails and can have it out for the least amount of time.
Hope this helps
Go with a 15 gauge and you won't be sorry. I did as Dale did but found some
of the 18ga brads popped on walls that had an inward bow. You sound like
the sort of guy who does this kind of thing easily (home care) so why not
make the one time investment and go with a purchase. Considering what you
are saving on having someone else do it, the gun will be free - actually, it
will be paying you!! Sell the wife base on that logic but be prepared for
"the look" - LOL!!
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