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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Knowing the exact nailer to purchase for an individual job is not always as easy as it seems. It is a common mistake, especially for the novice, to purchase the tool before they are sure exactly what is needed for their particular job. One such instance is when purchasing a framing nailer. Before you purchase the nailer you will want to literally sum up how difficult the job is going to be. Will you be purchasing a framing nailer for just this project or will you be planning to use it later on? If the nailer is going to be used for more than one job, it will need to be tough enough to stand the test of time. Having your nailer quit on you right after or especially during a task, doesn't make for a very happy situation or builder.
Another thing to look for in your framing nailer is whether or not it has the right amount of power for the job you are using it for. This will depend on the material that you are using to frame with. Of course the bigger/heavier the material the larger nails you will need to hold your frame together. The framing nailer you need for the project will depend on these items. Take the time to know your project before you make a hasty purchase that just might not fit your project.
Most framing nailers are specially designed to take the wear and tear that can come from framing a home. This design makes the framing nailer a good versatile choice and allows it to be widely used by most home builders. A good framing nailer is a great tool for the handyman as well as the professional contractor.
Just like any other handy gadget or tool, advances are always being made toward building a better nailer. Newer framing nailer models are now able to give more extensive holding power by using nails with round heads. They have come a long way since the days of framing walls with your grandfather's hammer and nails. Although this method still holds tried and true, the framing nailer, of course, is much faster and easier to use.
Another decision you might find yourself making is whether you want to purchase a pneumatic nailer or a cordless framing nailer. This decision is going to be based on the versatility that you need from your framing nailer. The pneumatic nailer will require the use of an air compressor, while the cordless framing nailer works off a motor that drives the nail with the force of an explosion. The cordless framing nailer will offer you the ability to reach awkward angles. It will also free you up from carrying around compressors that a pneumatic nailer requires. If you are a less experienced builder you may find that the cordless framing nailer is easier to use. You may also find that the cordless framing nailer will better fit your budget because of the lack of accessories you will need to use it. You will find yourself replacing a fuel cell for your cordless nailer rather than having to purchase an air compressor.
The key, once again, to picking the correct nailer is knowing your project. Take a look at all of the different framing nailers on the market before you make your decision. Ask yourself the appropriate questions, weigh out the situation and then choose the framing nailer that works best for you and your project.
by: B&C Fasteners
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