Anyone who's ever had to reinstall felt or housewrap after a windstorm knows that cap nails — because of their greater surface area — hold felt and housewrap much better than staples or roofing nails do. Nevertheless, many contractors hate using them. You can never fit enough in your nail apron, and driving them by hand is painfully slow. Fastening with a roofing nailer or a hammer-type stapler is much faster.

With all of that in mind, our remodeling company bought a Hitachi pneumatic cap nailer a few years ago. Originally dubbed the Plasti-Tacker, the tool is now in its third generation. It allows us to fasten felt and housewrap with hammer-tacker speed — without wondering whether the material will still be on the building the next morning.

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