When we decided to convert the closet into a library, I knew we were going to need a nail gun for that project and future projects. We started by looking online to see which nail gun had the highest reviews. When it was all said and done, we decided on the Porter-Cable 6 gal. Portable Air Compressor. We were swayed by the fact that comes with 3 guns, (16 GA Finish Nailer, 18 GA Brad Nailer, and crown stapler), and the compressor. Many nail guns require you to purchase the compressor separately. This is a photo from Home Depot (which is where we bought it) that shows everything that comes with it.
I’ve never owned or used an air compressor/nail gun. It was definitely all new to me. Reading the manual wasn’t as straight forward as I hoped, so I looked online for videos of people using the same model. I found this video to be the most helpful. Recently, I used the nail gun to modify the doors we are going to be installing in the bedroom to the library. I thought it would be a good time to give you all my own little review of our Porter-Cable; in case any of you are in the market for a nail gun.
First off, it’s not complicated. That’s what I love about it the most. I also like that it’s electric. I don’t want to store gasoline anywhere in our garage, nor I do not want to worry about having to go to the gas station whenever it runs out.
Second of all, it came with everything we need for our current projects. The 18 GA brand nailer has taken care of installing new molding, finishing a bookshelf, and framing a chalkboard; as well as our current project, the double doors to our new library. At only 150 PSI, I don’t believe you can frame a house with it, but you can get a whole lot done around the house.
I haven’t found a project for the 16 GA finish nailer, or stapler yet, but I’m sure we’ll find a need for them eventually.
From the reviews, I knew it was going to be loud, but I was surprised by how loud. Ear plugs are a must. If you do a lot of your projects at night when the kids are asleep, (like we do), then you’ll need to be aware of the noise it makes when you turn it on. It will stop once the compressor reaches 150 PSI, but it’s still noisy when you pull the trigger to nail something.
The other thing is to make sure you use it in a well ventilated area. The compressor emits carbon dioxide with each nail it releases.
Overall, I know that the nail gun has saved us so much time. Trying complete these recent projects without it would have taken at least twice as long. I’m definitely happy that we pulled the trigger on this purchase. (I know you see what I did there.)
We’ll be back on Wednesday to give you the update on the doors. They are currently drying in the garage. We got quite a few projects completed this weekend, and we’re looking forward to sharing them with you.
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