I'm looking to buy a nail gun because I have a lot of framing and probably 90+ sheets of subfloor to install this summer

1) I would use 16d coated sinkers for the studs and 8d nails for the flooring, what sizes are typically used for these two tasks with a nail gun?

2) Are there guns that can do both? Can I get 1 gun to do both + roofing + hardwood installation? I'll probably hand nail some or all of this if I must, but I'd like to avoid hammering 20,000 nails this summer :D I already did 2,100 this fall.

  • I have had a stinko framer for many years and even though I dont say its name right (senco) it has paid for it self many times over. My favorite Roofing gun is a Ridgid coil gun but it took 3 of them before I got a good one I just kept returning it. @Comintern is spot on + from me
    – Ed Beal
    Feb 10, 2016 at 0:13
  • No gun will do everything you want, but for mainly one big job, most big stores will have sales on multi gun kits, framing, roofing, flooring, plus maybe one or two others. Framing guns usually take many sizes(2 to 3 1/2), so think they are better for long term use(buy). the other two types since they are one job use(for you), might be better to rent.
    – crip659
    Mar 27, 2021 at 21:43

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Most framing nailers will accept a variety of nail lengths. For example, mine will take nails between 2" and 3.5" (6d to 16d equivalent) and from casual searching this seems to be fairly typical.

That said, you'd be much better off screwing down the sub-floor with decking screws. It's a little bit more work, but you won't have to worry about the nails working themselves out over time due to the deflection of people walking on it.

As far as roofing or hardwood flooring installation, both would require a different gun. Framing nailers aren't designed to accommodate the larger heads on roofing nails, and likely won't ever be - in general, you don't want the nail heads to be much smaller than the nose-piece. The more space you have between the nail head and the bore, the higher the chance of misfires or jams. This is also the reason that most roofing nailers are coil fed instead of stick fed.

Hardwood flooring nailers are fairly specialized equipment because they are designed for precisely blind nailing through the flooring tongues:

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They also use a fastener that is much more like a finish nail than a framing nail. Unless you're planning on doing a lot of roofs or a lot of floors, I'd compare the price of renting a roofing nailer or flooring nailer before purchasing one.

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