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Is using a brad nailer when building stringers sacrilegious?

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Is using a brad nailer when building stringers sacrilegious?

Old 06-11-2019, 12:51 PM
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Default Is using a brad nailer when building stringers sacrilegious?

I am planning the repair of my cockpit floor. I need to replace two bulkheads, and a keel board and two stringers. I plan on coating/encapsulating everything in with epoxy prior to install. I thought it might be useful to use a brad nailer to lock bedded boards into position to let the bedding set. Then coming back and epoxying them in with tabs and cloth, etc. Is this entirely frowned upon? I know I can use temporary wood strips to hold things in place, I am just looking to make this as easy as I can. Does it matter if I were to leave brads in place, submerged in epoxy?
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Old 06-11-2019, 01:30 PM
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I'll bet every builder has an old nail gun (or two) of some sort gathering dust on his tool shelves. Mainly they were tried for planking but never ended up working out. For temp holding brads will work fine. If you leave them in try and use brass so rust isn't a worry later.
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Old 06-11-2019, 04:26 PM
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As mentioned don’t use steel, even stainless. It will rust. Two other options: toothpicks work great for pinning foam together, and dabs of hot glue can keep things in place while thickened epoxy sets.
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Old 06-11-2019, 05:22 PM
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One of my useful tools in my rebuild has been a cheap hot glue gun for this exact reason. The gorilla glue hot glue sticks are the shit and with one or two little dollops you can hold all sorts of stuff and then run the fillets right over
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