I left mine powered on one night (remember, it's in the basement
plumbed around the house). My son and his fiancee stayed overnight
that night and it just about scared them green (they were on the
floor above it). I slept through it. ;-)
Agreed. I bought it as a starter kit. I've been most happy with
Porter Cable tools. ...though I just found out the replacement
battery for my PC 14.4V drill I killed is worth $75. :-(
Mine's in the garage. There is a cat door from the garage to the kitchen. I
have five cats. They like the garage, lots of places to snoop. If you are in
the kitchen and hear the compressor come on, stay clear of the door or you
will get run over.
I'd probably go for an angle finish nailer. Something that shoots 15ga
and up to 2 1/2" in length would probably do everything you need.
All of our trim guns are Senco but for home use you might be able to
go with something less expensive.
I've played with both the Porter Cable and Hitachi guns but haven't
used either long enough to know about durability. They both seemed to
work well for the short time I had to test them.
Well, as I've noted here recently in other posts, I'm an architect --
and, the 'field reports' I get are that Hitachi is the one they want
(this for a 'framing' (big and headed) nailer). I'm fixing to get in
the market myself. Could be different for finishing nailers, but I
wouldn't think so.
As another option (and one that I've considered) is a factory rebuilt
one. They appear to be about half the new cost. Depending on how
serious they take rebuilding (others may be able to offer experience
here), one could get the 'high end' quality - and, with a homeowner's
workload, this would be plenty good for the life of that homeowner.
I have a Bostitch N62FN, and love it. Nice and light with lots of power.
Watch for URL wrap.
I use both the Porter Cable 16ga. finish nailer and the 18ga. brad
nailer for trim work. The 18ga. is just right for nailing casing
into door frames. I then use the 16ga. to nail the other side of
the casing through the sheetrock into the framing. Works great.
All my framing guns are Bostitch. I have mistreated them all equally.
They all still work great.....may not look too good but, they still do
I have their pin nailer, too. shoots 1.5" to 2.5" . I use it for
utility boxes, drawers, etc.. It was cheap to buy. The pins are NOT
cheap. I looked in to a finish nailer, but I lke the headless (nearly)
pins. I can still counter sink them with judicious adjustment of the
air pressure. They hold just fine on oak crown molding, jambs, etc.
Nail guns are dangerous tools. I would not own one of them. They
truely are GUNS and they can kill. The best use for a nail gun is to
sell it to a recycler to turn back into raw steel to make hammers.
Buy a decent hammer, and buy some (much cheaper) nails.
I have used a hammer for the past almost 60 years and aside from
hitting my thumb a few times, I have never been injured. I could not
count the number of incidences I have heard about people getting
severely injured with nail guns. Nail guns are dangerous tools, and
they are costly to use because of the high cost of the nails and the
amount of energy needed to operate them. If you are too weak to
operate a hammer, or just too damn lazy to use your muscles, I suggest
that YOU stay out of the garage. Nailguns may save a few minutes of
time, but the cost to operate them exceeds the extra cost of labor to
do it with a plain hammer. This does not even take into account the
medical bills, pain, and loss of work time encountered when you shoot
yourself or another employee with one of those goddamn guns. It's not
"if" you'll get shot with one of them, it's "WHEN". Besides this,
hand hammered nails hold much better than nailgun nails, which is why
guys that use nailguns almost always put twice the amount of nails
that they would use by hand. Nail guns should have never been
invented, and those that use them should be required by law to be
certified and licensed prior to using them, because it's often someone
else that that gets shot by them.
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