A Guide to Fastening ToolsScrew Guns, Nailers, and Staplers
... by Andrew Wormer ~ in association with Amazon.com
There aren't too many materials that can't be fastened together by hand with a simple hammer or screwdriver, the right nail or screw, and a little a bit of elbow grease.
But over the years, manufacturers have developed fastening tools such as screw guns, nailers, and staplers that make this essential part of construction faster and easier.
|Screws have always been superior to nails when it comes to holding ability, but until recently it has been faster to drive nails--either with a hammer or a pneumatic nailer--than screws. Now, however, different types of screw guns make it possible to use screws in a wide range of applications, from hanging drywall to fastening down a deck to installing trim. Screws also have the advantage of being easier to remove than nails.|
Practical Matters:When looking for the right screw gun, the first consideration is how the tool will be used.
- If you're hanging drywall, a lighter screw gun will be easier on your arm, especially if you are working overhead.
- If you're fastening down a deck with bigger screws, you'll probably want a heavier screw gun that operates at a lower rpm.
- If you are looking for a screw gun that can also function as a drill, then you'll probably want a combination drill/driver.
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