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Old 07-10-2007, 01:50 PM
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I'm building a 10x20 deck, I have a framing nailer but was kicking around buying a palm nailer for the hangers. Is it worth the $100. Any brand sugestions?
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Old 07-10-2007, 03:20 PM
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IMO, no.

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Old 07-10-2007, 03:35 PM
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Joist hangers? Just use the small SST HD galvanized nails. Those things go in super easy. I think they're only 1 1/4" or 1 1/2"?

The nails are so hard it's nearly impossible to bend them even if you're really bad at hammering.
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I'm building a 10x20 deck, I have a framing nailer but was kicking around buying a palm nailer for the hangers. Is it worth the $100. Any brand sugestions?
whats the cost to rent? How many nails would u be driving?
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Captain Sid - 7/10/2007 6:10 PM

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As much as I LOVE my palm nailer, for what you are doing I'd have to agree with the posts above. It's probably not worth the $$$ for this job. Palm nailers are specifically suited for those hard to reach areas where you can't swing a hammer or fit a gun. Good luck on your project!
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Default Re: Building a small deck, is a palm nailer worth buying

What about a drill and some deck screws?

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Deck screws have about 6# of shear strength - not good for much of anything...

Rent a positive placement gun. Mine paid for itself in the first day. I'll let you borrow it... but I am in Colorado. It will take all the pain out of tico nails!
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Huh... I built a wooden walkway several years ago with deck screws and they worked and held quite well.



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I'm pretty sure that if you are pulling a permit it wouldnt pass inspection with screws in the joist hangers instead of tyco nails
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Deck screws will hold decking down, but have no strength to support - screw one in halfway, you can easily break it off. Ticos have incredible shear strength, and are spec'd for most hangers.

Ever broken a deck screw screwing it in? Fairly weak steel. Try fasten masters for decking, and the larger diameter ones for joist lagging to posts, etc.
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Screw-it! Use the nails.

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Looks like we have this thread nailed [img]../images/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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Old 07-11-2007, 02:25 AM
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Oh what the heck GW, go for it..........a guy can never have to many power tools. It definitely won't pay for it self this time around, but down the road it just might....not all tools we buy have to pay for themselves the first time we use them.

Porter Cable would be my weapon of choice. ......although you do need to be somewhat versed in changing out the tips.
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What kind of MEN do we have on here, one of our THT brothers is LOOKING FOR A REASON to purchase a power tool and probably needed his wife to read this
for us to tell him how much SAFER the deck would be if he used the palm nailer and your guys have just shot that all to heck

I have never seen too many tools around the house and sooner or later you will find a need for them again

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Palm nailer, had one, used it a good bit. The good thing about a palm nailer is it will drive any type (common, galv. ring shank)of nail. However it is very hard on your hand the vibrations made my hand sore, very sore. Gave the thing to my SIL.
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I'm with Garett and Tprice. Do you need it for this job? Probably not. But would it be fun to use and helpful- hell yes! Half the reason I do home projects is so I can justify to the Admiral why I need the new (insert brand and tool here) that is better than ever and will make her house twice as nice, and no other tool will do.

I say help the economy and go buy it! Post some pics when you're finished.
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twentynine - 7/10/2007 8:40 PM

....... However it is very hard on your hand the vibrations made my hand sore, very sore. Gave the thing to my SIL.
hmmmmmmm, so what rifles do you want to give my way? I definitely don't want you to have a sore shoulder as well.
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Garett - 7/11/2007 12:24 PM
twentynine - 7/10/2007 8:40 PM ....... However it is very hard on your hand the vibrations made my hand sore, very sore. Gave the thing to my SIL.
hmmmmmmm, so what rifles do you want to give my way? I definitely don't want you to have a sore shoulder as well.


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Garett;

While it is clearly not your fault, I do suffer from some arthritis. The arthritis is due to me not taking care of myself the way I should have, broken bones, arms, legs and vertebrae. As of now it does not hinder many of my activities. Still I have to be careful with some things.



The guy asked: "Is a palm nailer worth it?" I answered him with my opinion and my experience. I don't thinkthis warranted any comments from you! Joking or not!
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