Air Tools Take Your DIY Projects To A New Level

Whatever home remodeling project you have decided to handle, choosing the right tools can be a tremendous help with diy project of yours.

This month we are looking at air tools that come really handy.

Compressed air-powered fasteners can dramatically decrease the amount of time you spend on a bathroom remodeling or home repairs. Many tools will fire fasteners as fast as you can pull the trigger. Most air nailers require a 1/2 to 1 hp compressor with tank capacity of at least 3 gallons of air. Smaller air nailers and staplers usually run on 2 to 5 cubic feet per minute (cfm) or air volume at a pressure of 70 to 90 pounds per square inch (psi).
Larger framing nailers can require as much as 9 cfm and 100 to 120 psi.

If you already own a compressor, check to make sure it is able to drive new air tools before purchasing them. When working with air powered fasteners, it is essential to wear approved safety goggles and ear protection. Familiarize yourself with the operation of the tool before beginning to work. A device that can send a nail deep into a 2×4 can do a great deal of harm to a human body and cause injuries if you are not careful.

Note: Recently, a similar tool to air nailers, the cordless power nailer, has become available for home use or for rental. (see description below)

So here are the most popular air tools to help you with home repair projects:

Pneumatic staplers:
Air-powered staplers can drive crown-style staples from 1/4 to 1/2 in. wide, and up to 2 in. long. Smaller staplers are useful for installing carpeting, roofing felt, floor underlayment and insulation. Larger capacity staplers can attach fence boards, strip flooring and even roof decking (check with your local building codes first).

Framing nailers:
The “big boy” of air-powered fasteners, these powerful, high capacity tools will drive nails up to 3 1/2 in. long for all types of frame construction. The magazine can hold upwards of 100 nails.

Pin nailers:
Drive brads up to 1 1/4 in. long. Used to attach trim, carpet strips and moldings.

Cordless power nailer:
Relies on battery power and disposable fuel cells to power-drive nails. Also called “impulsive nailers”. Cordless power nailer requires special fasteners, generally 16 gauge, from 1 1/2 to 3 1/4 in. long, depending on the model. Each fuel cell will drive from 1200 to 2500 nails, depending on length, and a single battery charge will drive up to 4000 nails.