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List of the most frequently asked questions

1. Why do nails come in so many angles?

When the first nailers came on the market, each manufacturer wanted to make sure it could sell its own nails, so they all developed their own nail types, each with its own specific angle.

2. Are they all compatible with my nailer?

No. Each nailer accepts only one nail angle, i.e., 21°, 28°, 30° or 31° to 34°. Some accept nails with a range of angles between 30° and 34°. Once again, when you buy nails, you need to remember your nailer’s brand and model number.

3. What should I look for in a pneumatic tool?

Quality, ease of operation and maintenance, weight, and the type of nails or staples it takes, so you can be sure to find them no matter where you are.

4. What type of nails should I use for moldings?

To minimize marks, we recommend you use a nailer with 23 gauge pin nails. If you use 18 gauge or larger, such as 16, you will need to use paste filler to cover the nail hole and leave the surface smooth.

5. Why don’t spiral shank nails come on paper strips?

Resin-coated smooth shank nails have just as much holding power as spiral ones.

6. Why are there so many kinds of staples?

Staples vary by gauge (the diameter of the wire they’re made with) and the width of the top part, called the crown. The smaller the number, the thicker the staple (15 to 23). Eighteen gauge staples are the most common for home repairs and woodworking.

7. Can I use different types of staples in my stapler?

No. Each stapler takes a specific staple width. It can, however, take different lengths. Be sure to tell the dealer what model of stapler you have when you buy staples.