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Month: January 2019

Stopping the Fake News About Nailers

WEN 61720 3/4-Inch to 2-Inch 18-Gauge Brad Nailer

DIY beginners and others not in the professional handyman field are usually the ones spreading the news about nailers. The bad thing is that the report isn’t true. What is this all about? It’s that all nailers are the same—brad, finish, and pin.

The three kinds are actually different from one another. If you’re a handyman, a carpenter, or a DIY enthusiast, then you know this already. If you aren’t, then it’s high time you know what each one is for so that you can stop spreading the alarming news that they are all the same.

Note: I say “dangerous” because misusing these nailers could put your safety at risk.

Pin Nailer

Hitachi NP35A Pin Nailer 23 Gauge, Accepts 5/8 to 1-3/8 Pin Nails, Micro Pinner with Depth Adjustment, 5 Year Warranty

Pin nailers are for delicate projects—projects that are detailed and a bit complicated. The pin nailer releases tiny pins into your material. The pins are too small that you cannot see them with your bare eyes. A pin nailer is excellent for adding molding to your project. Sometimes, however, the pins aren’t durable enough to hold stuff together, which is why you still need to use quality wood glue.

Brad Nailer

WEN 61720 3/4-Inch to 2-Inch 18-Gauge Brad Nailer

Obviously, a brad nailer doesn’t shoot pins. This nailer has a strong securing power that can work with almost anything—except super delicate projects. The brad nailer is so versatile that it can even cut wood. Expect it to exceed your anticipations especially when you want durable and low-profile nails. The nailer is strong, allowing it to work with all kinds of furniture you can think of.

Finish Nailer

DEWALT D51257K 1-Inch to 2-1/2-Inch 16 Gauge Finish Nailer

Finally, the finish nailer is your nailer if you want to use nails that are more heavy-duty compared to the nails that brad nailers use. The nails can’t be removed after, but the good news is they are so comfortable to use with any kind of wooden piece. The finish nailer comes with a higher price tag because it’s for heavy-duty jobs, but your money will be worth it because of the securing power it has.

Final Words

So you see, you can’t just get any nailer just because they look nicer or they sound better. You have to know what they are, how they should be used, and if they can cater to your skills as a woodworker. Stop the fake news and start educating others.