How to Choose a Finish Nailer | This Old House: Live

5June 2020


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When it comes to installing trim around windows, doors, baseboards, crown molding, assembling cabinet parts or installing stair treads and risers, as you can see, one nail gun does not fit all. Each of these nailers covers a range of applications. In some cases there’s overlap, but more often than not—you’re not going to get the results you want by using one when the other is the better option.

The difference between them is the gauge nail that they shoot. The most common and readily available types are 15 gauge, 16 gauge, 18 gauge, and 23 gauge. The higher the number, the thinner the nail and the smaller the hole.

So, do you need them all, and which one should you choose if you can only buy one?

15-gauge nailer recommendations:
Metabo []
Senco []

16-gauge nailer recommendation:
Porter Cable []

18-gauge brad nailer recommendation:
Milwaukee []

23-gauge pin nailer recommendation:
Metabo []

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