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Looking at getting a nail gun for doing some trim work around the house:
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Whats the difference between a brad nail gun and a finish nail gun?
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Hi vapochilled

"Whats the difference between a brad nail gun and a finish nail gun?"

The size of the nail the norm...

brads have almost no head at all..

http://www.grizzly.com/catalog/2007/Main/223


Just a NOTE *** I sure you have you know you can't have to many clamps, in a way a nailer is just that a clamp, it will hold the parts in place until the glue sets up...
Many will go out and buy tons of clamps when a nail gun will do the trick..
Like gluing up boards,,, just make a wedge sets find some scrap plywood nail one of the wedges you made to the plywood then place the boards in place with the glue on the edges, set them in place nail one of the wedges in place and drive the other in place.. it locks the stock quick and easy with out any clamp marks.. come back , and drive the wedge out and you have the job done and you didn't need to buy any clamps to get it done..




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so I'd use brads for trim work then? what about the finish nails?
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Hi vapochilled

They will both work fine..

Brads can be hidden easy and some of the finish nails are hard to hide the holes.

Some times just a brad/pin and some glue will do the trick but then some times it needs a finish nail to pull it in and some glue to hold it in place...

23g,18g,16g,15g, the bigger the number the smaller in dia.the fastner is..
they some times call them pin nailers, see link to Grizzly.com in the 1st post.


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great, thanks for the link also
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You'er Welcome vapochilled

They are great tools to have in the shop, think about getting a combo nailer that will put in staples and nails with the same air gun ,,staples are great for plywood backs on cabinet work but not to great for fine work, they will put in two dots in the stock or a small bar ..when you use them as a brad nailer..




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You'er Welcome vapochilled

They are great tools to have in the shop, think about getting a combo nailer that will put in staples and nails with the same air gun ,,staples are great for plywood backs on cabinet work but not to great for fine work, they will put in two dots in the stock or a small bar ..when you use them as a brad nailer..




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Combination nailer/staplers are great if you can't get two guns but if you can swing it get a nailer first and then a stapler. The nailer/staplers have a bigger hammer in order to drive both a staple and a nail and they leave a bigger hole to fill. For trim work I use 1 1/4 inch brads most often in my brad nailer. I have a 16 ga finish nailer I use it with 2 1/2 inch nails to hang doors and the like. I definitely use my 18 ga brad nailer the most. Great items for home remodel and the shop.

Brad nails are finer wire metal and only go up to about 1 1/2 inch or so. Finish nails naturally are heavier wire and are available in longer lengths for heavier work. 15 ga finish nailer for even heavier work. Crown staplers are great for cabinet backs and such like Bob says.

Would have never thought 20 years ago watching Norm A that I would ever have a set of those fancy tools in my shop. I thought I was a big shot with my little 1 inch electric brad nailer I have the Porter Cable 3 gun set up.. (got the stapler free with rebate)

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Corey, have I misunderstood you, 2 1/2" nails to hang a door??????????????
I've always used screws on hinges! You may not have a planer, but you sure do have a lot of other goodies.

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Corey, have I misunderstood you, 2 1/2" nails to hang a door??????????????
I've always used screws on hinges! You may not have a planer, but you sure do have a lot of other goodies.
Yesl oh yes for the hinges but I am talking about a prehung with frame and jam. Finish nails to drive into the studs and thru the shims to secure the fame in place. The replace one of the original screws on each hinge with a 3 inch screw.

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I felt sure there had to be a logical answer Corey. By the way, almost all houses here are double brick with a tile roof and pressed steel door frames with hinges pre-welded in place.

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