Re: Finish Nail Gun
A finish nail gun is very useful and makes projects go a LOT faster. You are less likely to mar the wood with an errant hammer strike, and you don't need a nail set. The nails are shot in at such a high speed the wood is less likely to split.
I have a Porter Cable 16GA nailer that I like. This one shoots square nails with an oblong head. The nails are available anywhere from 3/4" to 2-1/2" long. There are also brad nailers; I think these shoot smaller nails. Nailers have two general configurations: straight and angled. The angled type are better for getting into tight corners.
For your husband, since he's not using it professionally, you don't need to be as concerned about quality. Just about any "name brand" will do -- Hitachi, Max, Pioneer, Porter Cable, Senco, Stanley are some good brands. If you can find a store that sells just tools, the folks there will be very helpful and knowledgeable. Stay away from Harbor Freight Tools; their products may be cheap but they are poor quality. If you have a Western Tool Supply in your area, the folks there are great. I'm sure there are other very good tool store chains around, too, this just happens to be the one I've dealt with.
If he doesn't have an air compressor, he'll need one to go with the nail gun. Otherwise he'll be pounding the nails in by hand with the back of the gun, and that would just look silly. A hand-carry compressor will do just fine, one with a "hot dog" or "pancake" tank. I don't recommend a tankless compressor, or an oil-free design. Oil-lubed compressors tend to run cooler and last longer.
Quick-connect fittings are an absolute must. Here again, there are two common types, and they aren't interchangeable, UNLESS the coupler on the end of the hose is the universal type. I don't like the coily hoses; they seem to tangle and get in the way. I like a good quality, red-rubber hose. They are always flexible. and don't seem to tangle as badly.
Be aware that hardwood flooring requires a special nailgun designed just for hardwood floors. When he gets to that project, you might be better off renting one, depending on how much flooring you plan to lay down.
I hope some of the other folks on this forum post, too. I'd pay attention to their advice as well. Some of it may conflict; that's fine -- we all have our own preferences based on our own experiences.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.