One of my first jobs as a part-time framer working after school was nailing off joist hangers. It wasn't much fun; the work took forever and I was always smashing my fingers. Now we have nail guns to perform this task — which is fortunate, because we use a lot of framing hardware and fastening it all by hand would be a huge waste of labor.

Our crew has been using hardware guns for several years. Although we've tried some of the multi-blow models — which work like palm nailers — we much prefer the traditional single-blow guns because they're faster.

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