The Handyguys discuss what nailer you use when. A pneumatic nailer takes much of the work of driving nails and saves you time. With one pull of the trigger, the nail is set flush or below the surface of the work. Nailers allow for one handed operation which frees up your other hand for positioning the work. A nailer can also get into tight or awkward locations where it would be virtually impossible to swing a hammer. There are nailers for interior trim, crown molding, chair rail, craft projects, woodworking, framing, building a deck or roofing. There are many many specialty nailers designed for specific jobs.
In this show we address a few questions about nailers from one of our fans Eddie. Eddie wrote us and asked.
I am doing a complete kitchen remodel as you may remember. To help me in this I got a set of 4 Campbell Hausfeld nail guns from Lowe’s. Now my dad owned nail guns and I saw him use them. But I was never allowed to use them very much and don’t know much about them. ( I know they are dangerous and that you have to oil them, usually with an oiler place in line on the air hose)
I need a resource for learning about these machines and the finer points of using them. What kind of maintenance? What kind of nails they are capable of using? Are there just one or two sizes per gun? When do I choose which gun? I have some common sense but don’t have enough experience or education to know what question to ask.
This is quite a question! Eddie, we have dedicated this entire show to your questions. You asked the right questions.
EDIT – We created this video November 2012 called Selecting a Pneumatic Nailer, Watch it here
First a run down of the most common nailguns
Most pneumatic nail guns need to be oiled. You mention an in-line oiler. This option probably didn’t come with your kit. They can be added to facilitate automatic oiling of your tools. The disadvantage is you will have oil in your hose which is really bad if you are going to use the compressor for spraying paint. Most people will usually just add a few drips of tool oil in the air inlet before using the tool.
Be sure to read an follow all the instructions that came with your kit. Safety glasses are a must.
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