Pneumatic Nailer Recommendation

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Pneumatic Nailer Recommendation

I'm in the market for a pneumatic framing nailer and am a little confused as to the different types. I see a lot of 21 degree, 22 degree, and 28 degree nailers, some say 3-1/2" collated, others say round head. Not sure what to look for. The nailer will be used very little, and I'm getting one to replace a couple band boards/beams, and a sill plate. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Something available at HD or Lowe's would be great because I need one asap.
 
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This question comes up from time to time.
Here is just one recent thread where it was discussed.

http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-question.html
 
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Thanks. I think that answers all my questions.
 
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I ended up getting a Dewalt 28 degree nailer (accepts 2" to 3-1/4" nails) and a box of 3-1/4" wire weld full round head nails. I'm assuming this is legit for the work I am doing. I read that the paper collated nails are ideal, but they were only available in 30 degree, and the one 30 degree nailer they carried (Paslode) was $70 more.

I just read that code states to use 3-1/2" nails for framing. Think I may return the Dewalt and exchange it for a 21 degree gun that shoots up to 3-1/2" nails.
 

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Your call - doesn't take much of an angle to keep the nail in the wood but it's clearly easier with a 3" nail.
 
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Will this beam be covered? Often 1/2 ply is inserted between the two 2xs so the overall thickness will be 3.5"
 
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Crap. You're right. I couldn't see the 1/2 ply in between so completely slipped my mind. Should I use some liquid nails in between or is that overkill?

One beam will be covered with sheathing and siding, the other on the adjacent wall (also rotted) will be exposed to the inside of a single car garage.
 
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Glue and nail is standard when making a beam like that.
 
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Roger that. I'll pick up a tube of liquid nails and sandwich everything together. I have some 3-1/2" deck screws. Should I use them, or just regular 16d nails? Is the nailing pattern important? The beams will be resting on the sill on top of the foundation and supporting the exterior wall above. It will not be supporting any floor joists and there is no span without foundation wall beneath. In other words, I just need to hold the beam together.
 

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Came to my senses and returned the nailer. I couldn't justify the cost for such a small job. I was surprised to find that 3-1/2" collated nails are not very prevalent at the big box stores. 3-1/4" seems to be more common. Code calls for 3-1/2" though, so I have no clue why the limited availability. Plenty of regular 16d nails on the shelf though, so no worries.
 
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