Different Types – Nail Guns

Different Types – Nail Guns


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Different Types - Nail Guns

Different Types – Nail Guns

Different Types – Nail Guns is not merely a post about the various types of Nail Guns, but also, about the Safety involved when using any type. Nail Guns, regardless of the type, are usually electrically or pneumatically powered, so they are generally a powerful tool, as well as, potentially dangerous. They should always be used with Safety in mind.

The pneumatic Nail Guns are generally more powerful. There are different types for different Projects. There are Framing Nail Guns for Framework or Heavy Construction, and there are a variety of other types used for Trimwork or Lighter Construction.

Regardless of the type of Nail Gun that you are using, or how it is powered, here are a few simple Tips that should make your user experience a bit better.


Tip 1:  Always Use the Proper Safety Equipment


Whenever using a Nail Gun, you should always, always, use the Proper Safety Equipment.

This should include:

  • Safety Glasses or Goggles with high-impact lenses.
  • Mechanic’s Work Gloves
  • Steel-Toed Shoes

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Tip 2:  Always Be Aware of Where You Are Pointing


Never point a Nail Gun anywhere but toward your work piece. Always be aware of where your fingers and feet are when using a Nail Gun, as well as, anyone else in near proximity to your usage. Also, keep your finger away from the trigger until ready to use where needed.


Tip 3:  Test Before Using on Your Project


Always test the penetration of the nail being ‘fired’ into scrap test pieces that are similar to the work pieces that you will be nailing. This will allow you to get the proper penetration settings set up, before struggling with this in your actual work pieces.

Tip:  Always use scrap 2” x 4”s between your test pieces and your work table.


Tip 4:  Follow Manufacturer’s Specifications


Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when using a Nail Gun. Manual’s should tell you what to do if your Nail Gun jams, or may give you other guidance for their usage, such as approximate air pressure to use.


Tip 5:  Set the Proper Air Pressure


When using any trim Nail Guns, begin with your air pressure setting at about 75 p.s.i. Shoot a couple of nails of the appropriate length needed for your project, into your test pieces to check for penetration. (Make sure that you are using additional lumber underneath your work piece, so that the nail does not penetrate your work table.) Then, adjust your pressure up or down as needed, a couple of p.s.i. at a time. Then, try again, until the optimum pressure setting has been reached. You will need to do this for each different type of material that you will be nailing.


Once all of Nails have been installed in your actual Project workpieces, take a Flathead Punch (with the head slightly smaller or equal to your Nail head), along with a Ball-Peen Hammer, and slightly recess all of the Nail heads. You can Wood Putty or Caulk if desired.

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Please take the time to leave a Comment or ask a Question in the Comments section below. Let me know how your Project went.


Thanks, and Happy Nailing!


CJ Dodaro

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