Why they are awesome
- Saves a lot of time: is quicker and more precise than a hammer.
- Won't leave ugly marks like a hammer can.
- Will automatically sink your nail making it fast and easy to hide.
Do you use a cordless nail gun? Does it work for you?
- installing trim and molding
- furniture building, cabinetry and making bookshelves.
Power Cord Length: Because the electric nail gun won’t work as well attached to an extension cord, the length of the power cord is important. Mine is 6 feet long, and I think it is too short. 10 feet would be much better.
Comfort: Get the lightest gun that still has the power you need. Hold it in your hand. If you’re like me and have small hands, this will be even more important. Many nail guns are designed for men’s larger hands.
Nail Sizes: You’ll get more use out of a gun that works with many different nail sizes.
Loading: Nail guns will use either strips of nails or a continuous coil of nails. Strips are sometimes higher capacity, while coils will be able to handle nails with large heads.
Safety: Most nail guns now come with sophisticated safety features. Even so, they are one of the most dangerous power tools (tied with table saws).
- dual-contact mechanism to prevent accidental firing
- sequential firing mechanism is even safer, requiring the trigger be released before the gun is enabled to fire again
- ability to adjust the depth that the nail is placed
- ease of taking apart gun to remove a jammed nail
- always wear safety glasses and ear protection
- unplug the gun before loading nails or removing nail jams
- be certain that the nail you fire will not go all the way through the wood or wall and hurt you or someone standing on the other side
- be careful that the gun (if it’s a very powerful one) won’t kickback and smack you in the face
- hold the gun firmly and steadily, a slip could result in injury
- use the proper nail for your gun and do not use rusty nails
- don’t nail into the wall where there is electrical wiring
- Keep out of reach of Children
Tips and Tricks and other Resources
Angling nails: line up the gun with the angle you want the nail to take (point slightly toward the side that won’t be seen, so if the nail does pop through it won’t be seen).
Nail that has popped through: Cut the protruding nail off with wire snips and use a nail set to hide the rest.
Avoid splitting: with finish nails (15 or 16 gauge), keep nails 2 inches away from edges. With brad nails (18 gauge), you can put nails as close as 1/2” from the end and 1/8” from the edge or just
Nails that stick out: even with the best nail guns, some nails won’t be driven all the way in. If it stick out more than 1/4” cut it off with side-cutting pliers. Otherwise use a hammer and nailset to hammer it the rest of the way in.
I know many of you love your nail guns… which nail gun do you have?