There are numerous comparisons of the best finish nailers on the internet today. And while some of you are still looking for the perfect nailer, a lot of you probably own a finish nailer already. But before we go through with the process, what is this nailer exactly?
A finishing nailer or finish nail gun is a tool loved by many woodworkers. It shoots nails to small trim boards and wood (softwood, plywood, hardwood) with ease. This tool allows the user to finish the nailing faster (pun intended) and be more productive.
How Should I Use It?
Step 1: Place the center of the finish nail tip
Locate where you want the nail to go. Mark the spot with a pencil if necessary. Position the center of the nail tip where the nail should be correctly positioned. This will also avoid blow out (the nail coming out of the wrong direction).
FYI: Nail blow out is often the result of crooked angling of the trim, gun, or molding.
Line up the gun in the way you wish the nail to go to ensure that you don’t dislodge the position of your nail tip.
Step 2: Depress the safety nose
Just so you know, finish nailers feature a safety nose that should be depressed before the nailer’s trigger is engaged and can be pulled.
Step 3: Pull the trigger
Just like when you shoot a gun to release the bullet, you also need to pull the trigger of a finish nailer to release the nail.
What Are The Tips I Should Know?
Position parts with a gauge
To obtain accurate and consistent placement of parts, use a gauge to keep them in position before securing them using your finish nailer.
Deal with stray nails the right way
All you have to do is pull these nails out. If you can’t, then break them off. You could bend stray nails into place and pound them back out using a hammer later on. Most of the time, however, the best thing to do is break some of its parts off and make use of your nail set to sink the rest.
Avoid nail jams by opening the latch
Finish nail guns feature a latch that’s so easy to open. To solve the famous nail jam problem, you merely have to unfasten the lock of the finish nailer (located at the front part) and take out the jammed nails. If you’re working with a pneumatic nailer, make sure you disconnect it from your air compressor first. And if you’re using a cordless finish nailer, remove the battery before opening the latch too.
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