Why use a nail gun instead of a hammer?

Nail guns can complete a large-scale nailing job much faster, can be held with one hand, are more accurate, require a less physical effort but are much more expensive. Hammers are lightweight, inexpensive, grant control over nail depth but require more physical exertion, and take longer to do jobs.

Can a nail gun use any size nails?

Different types of nail guns can be used with different nail lengths. A typical brad nailer, for example, shoots nails that are 3/8 inch to 1 1/4 inches in length, while a larger framing nailer typically shoots nails from 2 to 3 1/2 inches in length. For woodworking projects, a brad nailer is a good choice.

Can you use a nail gun for framing?

15-degree nail guns can hold a large number of full-round-head nails, which are ideal for floor joists, wall studs and other framing jobs. Full-round-head nails are often required for framing by building codes.

What is the best size nail for framing with a nail gun?

Overall, 16 and 8d coated sinker nails work perfectly for most framing jobs involving nail guns with many framers leaning towards 16d sinkers (0.148-inch) due to their extra sleekness.

When would you use a nail gun?

Besides working all day long with little complaint, nail guns are good for fastening lightweight work materials that can be knocked out of position or damaged by multiple hammer strikes. Using thin 18-gauge brads, nail guns fasten crown molding, baseboards, window and door trim, and other thin millwork.

When should you use a nail gun?

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Can you use a nail gun without an air compressor?

Pneumatics require an air compressor for power, along with an air hose to connect to the nailer. Cordless nailers offer freedom of movement, but power-intensive jobs, like framing, will increase battery use.

What nails do you use for a nail gun?

18-gauge nails are used in a brad nail gun, whereas 16-gauge or 15-gauge nails are used in a standard finish nailer. Finishing nailers can handle bigger nails, but as with brad nails, the head will be small and the hole created will be easy to fill.

Can you use 16 gauge nails for framing?

Now, for the most part, 16d nails, typically 3 1/2 inches long are the best to use when it comes to framing projects. These are technically called 16-d (or “16-penny”) nails and you often have two choices when framing: common nails and sinkers (forget the rest!).

What does the D mean in nails?


For historical reasons, nails are sold both by a number followed by d and (less confusingly) by length. The “d” stands for penny, so 8d refers to an 8-penny nail, 16d to a 16-penny nail and so on. It’s a way to indicate nail length, as you can see in the table below.

How far should a nail penetrate?

Rule of Thumb #2 – Use a nail that will penetrate the item you are nailing to (not through) at least 3/4″.

What is better for framing nails or screws?

Nails are often preferred for structural joining, including framing walls, because they are more flexible under pressure, whereas screws can snap. Nails are also called upon when securing plywood sheathing for exterior walls, installing hardwood floors, and attaching siding and roofing.

Why can you not use screws for framing?

The reason why a nail is better than a screw for framing is because of its flexibility. There are two kinds of strength associated with fasteners, and those are shear and tensile strength. Shear strength is the amount of perpendicular force an object can bear.

Why do carpenters prefer screws to nails?

Screws are, in fact, able to create a more secure hold when joining objects than nails because they have a threaded shaft. With that said, nails offer greater tensile strength.

Is it OK to use deck screws for framing?

Our inspectors have seen a disturbing trend of late: people using wood or deck screws when building structural elements. This means ordinary wood screws cannot be used to attach rafters to top plates, or joists to beams. Nor can wood screws be used to install joist hangers.

What screws should I use for 2×4 framing?

The most common screw for joining two-by-fours is hardened steel, structural, No. 9, 2 1/2 inches long with a Phillips head. Other screw types appropriate for studs are specialized and may be harder to find and more expensive.

Can I use screws for joist hangers?

While structural nails are typically used to fasten joist hangers, you may be wondering if screws can be used instead. You can use screws explicitly made for joist hangers. However, avoid using any other types of screws as they cannot support joist loads and are not designed to withstand shear force.

Are deck screws stronger than construction screws?

Deck screws are stronger than wood screws and are often made from copper or stainless steel. Their corrosion-resistant properties make them ideal for outdoor use. On the other hand, wood screws are mostly made from steel and have a flat head as well as an unthreaded shank that make strong joints.

Why are deck screws Square?

Deck screws have square heads to increase the engagement of the driver bit in the head of the screw. This enables the screw to be driven in with less torque and less cam out, which will chew up the head of deck screws made from softer, corrosion-resistant metals. Screw extraction is also easier.

Should I countersink deck screws?

A good countersink bit is necessary to fasten the wood decking. Tapered bits are preferable. They provide a good “slip hole” through the high-density hardwood decking and a smaller tapered hole in the deck joist or framing. Stainless steel deck screws are the only choice for fastening tropical hardwood decking.