Old Methane Gas Cloud
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Huntington Beach, California
First, regardless of the brand, put a few drops of oil in the gun every time that you use it. (Once a day)
Most of the HF nail guns are adequate for the average range of home owner jobs. Think of them as, "I'll get this job done and then I won't need it again."
The bad thing about HF nail guns is that you won't be able to sell the gun after you have finished the job.
It has been said that if you are going to frame walls, get the framing nail gun. If you're not then don't waste your money. I don't do roofing work so I would never buy a roofing (Coil of nails) nail gun.
For woodworking and stuff around the house ~
Brad (18 ga) is good for most woodworking projects.
Finish (16 ga) is good for molding, trim around the house, etc.
Note that a 15 ga (angle) may be useful where clearance is needed. Crown molding is easier with a 15 ga gun than a 16 ga gun. The 16 ga gun will need to be held horizontal and it is a bit more difficult to hit the studs than with an angled 15 ga gun. (I did my crown molding with a 16 ga gun w/o a problem.) The 16 ga gun is perfect for build cabinet carcasses. (From sheet melamine)
The gun that I use probably the most is my 23 ga pin nail gun. This gun makes attaching small molding to woodworking projects simple. AND the nail holes are almost impossible to find.
Finally, if you expect to be doing drawer bottoms that are just glued to the bottom of the drawer sides and upholstery, a gun that shoots staples is useful.
My brands of guns are:
PC for 23 ga and 16 ga, Devilblis for the 18 ga and HF for the 18 ga / 1/4" staple and 1/2" staple. (5 Guns total) I sold my PC framing nail gun after the project for about $50 less than I paid for it. (Cheaper than a HF or renting.) The HF guns are, well, OK. The others are great!
Remember a few drops of oil in the hose connection does wonders for a nail gun. A friend was complaining about jamming and when I asked about if he put the oil in the gun I got one of those "WTF?" looks. I oiled his gun and the jams stopped within a few shots.
There is one other thing about nail guns. I've noticed that putting a project on a rug and then trying to nail in the direction of the rug usually does not sink the nail fully. There is too much resilience in the rug.
Use the right tool for the job.
Rich (Tilting right)
Huntington Beach, California
Remember that when we have the "BIG ONE" everything east of the Rockies falls into the ocean.