To go air or electrical?

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I am doing trim repair and find that the most damage to them is my hammer aim, thus negating my good intentions for refurbishing them in the first place. I have come to an issue of endless research on what will be best in the long run when it comes to Finish nailers or whatever nailer I need.
While my lingo doesn't much speak to the amount of research I really have done. My question comes to whether or not I should go the air compressor route or join the electrical battery powered options. All while staying below 100$ hopefully. Just opinions from people who actually have experience with the equipment would help greatly as to what is the best option and what exact one would be best for my needs. I like range in them but really the primary is trim work that my nail jobs show the most suckage my missed blows cause. I understand an air compressor brings the price range up more but if it is better in the long run I can make adjustments.
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  • Pete Wells Pete Wells on Apr 09, 2015
    Stay manual and use a nailset..

  • Bob Linke Bob Linke on Apr 09, 2015
    Use loctite professional grade construction adhesive - 10 second grip time and this stuff works a thousand times better than liquid nails..............bob

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    • Rockbiter Rockbiter on Apr 11, 2015
      @Bob Linke but no nailing after this adhesive? also is there a good one to use that isn't bright white and more of one that is clear and one that is colored like liquid nails but of course better than that junk. (specificity helps me a lot!)

  • Darla Darla on Apr 09, 2015
    It may help to drill the nail holes first, the same diameter as the nails or slightly smaller. Put a piece of masking tape over where you are nailing, nail through it, use a nail set, then plastic wood to fill the dent. Then peel off the tape and you are set!

  • Pat Walkup Pat Walkup on Apr 09, 2015
    I got an electric staple/nail gun. It's perfect for small nails (brads), and just takes a little pressure to make sure the nail goes all the way in. Side note, if you use an extension cord make sure it's not too long, or you won't have the power to nail all the way in.

  • Electric - more control

    • Rockbiter Rockbiter on Apr 09, 2015
      @Brenda Goodell VanderZanden what brand do you use/ prefer? and what does it offer?

  • Bosch I believe - it's the hubby's. You'd need to research - his is very old.

  • Moxie Moxie on Apr 10, 2015
    caulk plus a pasload nailer (little compressed air cartridge goes in the handle) = stick plus pin : ) doing this same thing this weekend lol

    • Rockbiter Rockbiter on Apr 11, 2015
      @Moxie if you have the ability to take video of how this works at all that would be a great aid for me to see how it works and help with this decision.. again seriously I am glad you follow my questions on this site.

  • Moxie Moxie on Apr 11, 2015
    not sure..never tried...I'm great with tools...my techy skills could use some upgrading lol. Ill see what I can do