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#1 posted 12-12-2010 11:02 PM

“That is great info guy’s never thougt about using an impact driver. I am wanting to frame the basement and would the impact be adequate?”

I bought my framing nailer for the same purpose. I used it, but ended up using screws more than nails, and if I would have had an impact driver when I framed it, I would have used nearly all screws. It is a bit slower, but toe-nailing with a framing nailer is a pain for me, so I ended up driving screws a lot anyway. Also, I used different fasteners for tying into the bottom plate which is green treated, and it allows easy switching back and forth.

The approach that I used was to put the upper and lower plates in place, then measure each stud so that it was perfectly sized for the height of the ceiling, varying with the sloped concrete floor. This is slower, but is generally considered a better approach to framing. For this approach, screws were much easier for me, since it is all toe-nailing. The versatility, easier “undo command”, better ability to toe-nail, better fit into tight spaces, lighter weight, better control, and easier one-handed operation make it a good choice in my opinion. If you ever watch Holmes on Homes, they use impact drivers for framing all the time.

But, even if you skip the framing nailer, you will still want a compressor and a brad nailer as well as a finish nailer for trim. If you go that route, this combo is worth a look:

Also, the comment that Rich made about the included hose with his compressor applies to my PC as well. Junk.

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