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Air powered or battery powered nailer?

I will be building a new garage in the near future and I thought it would speed things up if I get a battery powered or air powered nailer instead of using a hammer.

The question is should I get the air powered nailer (already have a compressor), or would the battery powered model be better?

Thanks for relating any experience you have had with either unit.

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To add more confusion, there's Co2 cartridge operated also.
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For that big of a job...AIR!!! you can sometimes rent them at a home builders supply but for a whole garage you might as well buy one. Look on ebay, plenty of them but spend a little money and get a good one.

One thing I've noticed after building 2 homes...sometimes the construction guys go nuts with these rigs, sounds like a machine gun going off. You go back and look and you'll see lumber split and some boards just not nailed. They just go too damn fast, waste nails and do sh----- work. Tell them or tell yourself to S L O W down. Don't forget to either put an oiler inline or oil it every night when you're done...a little PM will make it last a long time.
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Definitely air and check the prices at Lowes or home depot then hit the garage sales or craigslist..I do not use mine much anymore but they are there if I need them..Mostly I use my screw gun now even for framing..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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power nailing

To meet the new building coder most inspectors require full round head nails, the older clipped head D heads are now mostly used to build pallets, Mark stud and truss-joist locations as you apply each sheet of plywood or OSB. then chalk line so you hit the studs. Inspectors today will make you knock out all the shinners ( nails you see from inside that missed framing) .The earthquake -hurricane code revisions require specific size, spacing and depth specs for nailing. A few years ago I taught construction classes in California. A good free download reference is the quality in construction manual. Building codes are passed by states or local government but usually follow the models written by national organizations. The one I had my students us can be downloaded by going to click on resources, news and information, then the quality in construction manual and the correction sheets,

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