Getting out of college, the best I could do for tools was a knock off brand drill my grandfather gave me. Understandably, with my lack of budget, that tool was stretched beyond the limits of what its engineers could have thought some stupid kid would use it for. By the way, a standard corded drill is not meant to be a metal grinder. Just in case you were wondering. Not that I learned this from experience AT ALL.
I dreamt of a day when I could have my own workshop and finer tools. When I would have a project needing to be done and only have to muster up the will power. I'd find myself simply searching for a pencil to draw my design so that I might conquer my daunting domestic task.
Fortunately, I'm on my way. One category of tool my father pointed out as the badge of a true shop long ago was the pneumatic tool. Yes sir, I spent little time attempting to graduate from misused items to tools with more function than I could utilize.
I recently fought a great battle against the green giant in front of my house (my pool). We returned from our Road Trip Revival expedition to find a solid green swamp.
I eventually wound up upgrading my pool filter to a Pentair quad DE filter to get the job done. It turns out, the previous owners liked shortcuts and minimum standards. We've spent a good amount of time playing catch up, cleaning up messes, and upgrading to necessary equipment.
Enter my first pneumatic tools. Arrow Fastener's Pneumatic Stapler worked perfectly for our chicken coop, so I asked them to send me their Angled Nailer, Brad Nailer and Pin Nailer combo to help with trim and moulding. Since I spent a good chunk of money on a quality pool filter, I wanted to protect it from the sun and basic elements. I dropped into the nearby hardware store and picked up some wood.
The plan was to build a sun shade to keep the direct sunlight off my pump and filter. You don't need fancy wood for this, especially if you take care of it and prep it off the bat (we'll be sharing painting/staining steps in a future post shortly, and we'll also do something about the front view into the shed since Chelsea's concerned about aesthetics and stuff).
I selected 2 1/2″ furling strips, a type of wood typically used to brace and support cabinetry and not necessarily for show.
I was excited to use the Arrow Fastener Angled Nailer. Without it, using wood this thin and small, I would either have to counter sink 240+ individual holes or risk cracking the wood trying to drill it. You can see above, this wood isn't meant for screws or for a regular old hammer.
On a project like this, a pneumatic nailer cuts the physical work down to a tenth the time. Even loading it with dozens of nails is as easy as just sliding them in the magazine.
Staggering the strips (due to limited length and again, the previous owner's failure to think through measurements), I was able to create a nice and simple design to protect my pool equipment. The Arrow tools were so easy to use that I was able to get the entire job done alone, as Chelsea was holed up inside being all pregnant and whatever. She did emerge at the end and comment that she was happy to have that “ugly view into the pool shed” mostly blocked off. I used a reciprocating saw to lop off the ends of the wood. To finish the wood off I just took a basic wood file and ground off the chads.
What's awesome about the Arrow Fastener pnematic nailers is that they're built nicely, will last a long time and are easy to use. Best of all, they look damn good lined up with the rest of my tools (candy apple red, yes please).
Now I even send pictures to my dad to show off the badges of my true shop.