So, after much hemming and hawing, I decided that a nailgun was in order (even before elmunadi suggested it). My thumb has thanked me repeatedly since. I had initially wanted to do the ceiling the ‘right way’ but the frustration and fatigue, not to mention flat thumb, seemed to want to hold me back. So, Jean and I went to Lowes around noon to pickup more paint (this time for the foyer and kitchen) along with a miter box and a cordless nailer.
Seriously, this is the BEST power tool I have ever bought. Yes, it was $359. Yes, it was worth every penny. In the time it took me to install half the field in one section with a hammer and nail, I had installed the field tiles in the remaining 3 sections of the ceiling. All that’s left now Is the filler and cornices, which I should be able to get done after work over the next week.
Here are some more in progress pictures:
For those playing along at home, I picked up the Paslode 16ga. Angle Finish Nailer from Lowe’s:
Yes, I probably could have gotten it cheaper online, but really, I needed and wanted it -NOW- so I could feel at least a little productive before the long weekend was over.
This is a seriously awesome tool. I first saw it in use on a DIY show a few months back, and have since seen it on numerous other HGTV and DIY Network shows. I figure if they use it, it can’t be all bad… and so far it hasn’t let me down. It has already paid for itself in the lack of frustration and fatigue…. and no thumbs were harmed in the installation of the rest of the fields! What more do you need?