If you're looking for a small metal-connector nailer, Senco just might have the ticket. The Joist Pro 150 is all about size. Weighing barely over 4-1/2 pounds, with a nose-to-rear length of 12 inches, this gun is designed for use in tight spaces. The trade-off is that it can shoot only 1-1/2-inch nails (from .131 to .162 in diameter) – but that should take care of most of your fastening needs. To assist with placement, the tip of the nail protrudes from the nose of the gun, allowing you to put it right where you want it. A larger model, the Joist Pro 250, shoots 1-1/2- and 2-1/2-inch nails and uses a stylus to locate the hole. Both tools have dry-fire lockout and a rafter hook.
¦ Price: $220 and $300. 800-543-4596. www.senco.com.