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What Is a Brad Nailer?

A brad nailer is a pneumatic or battery-powered tool that drives small nails, just like a nail gun. Learn more about brad nailers and how to use them in this video from Mr. Handyman:

Brad Nailer vs. Finish Nailer

Both a brad nailer and a finish nailer look the same and do the same exact thing. The only difference is the size of the nail they drive. Over time, terminology has been confused but generally a brad nailer uses smaller nails.

Before you begin a project, double-check what size nails the tool uses and what size the project requires; 15- and 16-gauge nails are thicker and stronger (finish nails), 18-gauge nails are smaller and easier to hide (brad nails). Each gauge nail also comes in different lengths, so always double-check what length and size the tool uses.

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Brad and finish nailers also require an air compressor, which increases your investment in this tool. You could buy a battery-operated version, but these come with a higher price tag.

Save your time and money and let Mr. Handyman take care of your project from start to finish. Give us a call at (877) 685-1377 or request service online for a professional result, guaranteed.


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