I almost bit off on a cobalt blue (nope, not Lowe's, HF) when they had
them a month or so ago for $!9.95 This was the advanced model, it
shot pins as long as 1 1/4". :^)
I put several people on to the HF brad nailers as they were so cheap
that you could literally buy them, use them for a while then toss
them. I bought about 5 or six of their larger 18 ga brad nailers
about three years ago and gave them out as Christmas gifts. For
$9.95, you got the nailer, a tiny bottle of oil, 250 1 1/4 brads, the
air fitting, some teflon tape (4 inches!) and a tiny bottle brush
which was liberated from each package to keep as a paint gun nozzle
All of them still work. One of them is in a high school shop now and
has had thousands of brad shot through it.
I really like my Bostitch stuff a lot more, but I did use one of those
for several days trimming out a house when I was waiting on a seal kit
for my 2" Bostitch bradder. Not bad... not bad at all. Worth every
cent and then some.
I will have to be looking more and more at backup plans as now my
Bostitch repair guy has pulled stakes and is gone. I will now have to
wait for a couple of weeks to get parts from Bostitch when I need seal
kits, triggers, etc. I have 7 different Bostitch guns, so I may be in
some trouble when one of them dies. With a $65 bench fee and charges
for all parts, some may not be worth fixing. Not that long ago, when
I bought a couple of cases of nails, they would replace any soft parts
a gun needed for nothing, and take it apart and install any hard parts
I purchased from them for nothing. Those were the days....
Sitting here thinking about it, the hell of it all is that a HF backup
gun costs less than the tune up kit of soft parts for the smaller
guns. And for $5, I can get the HF store exchange warranty that lasts
or a year on a new brad gun. Might have to think this through some
Sooner or later, Teflon tape will come back to bite you in the rear
When you thread a fitting with tape into a coupling, little bits of
tape get cut off, taken down stream where they will find an orifice
and plug it.
Much better to use Teflon paste, the plumber's friend.
Goes on like pipe dope, seals like Teflon.
This was an oil burner.
Instrument air is a whole different world which is rapidly going away,
Digital electronics have made 3-15 PSIG puff puff totally non
Wait a minute, this was about Teflon tape.
A little story aside.
Way back when Teflon was first introduced, there was a technical paper
written in French that needed to be translated into American English,
Hired a local college professor to translate.
Came back a few days later saying he was almost finished except for
the word "Te-Fla".
Not sure whether the chief engineer broke the news to him or not.
And much more accurate/reliable.
That was already evident back in 1975 when I was involved with the
installation of 4 Bentley Nevada systems on units 1-4 at Hearn GS
Toronto. A lot of that was still analogue though.
I recently faced the same issue as you are facing. I attached about 40
feet of 3/4 poplar trim (run through my router table, so actually a
little thinner than 3/4) using a 23 gauge pin nailer and glue. It
worked perfectly. I picked up the pin nailer at Harbor Freight for
about $15. That pinner will only shoot up to 1" pins, but that was
enough to secure the molding until the glue dried.
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