Pneumatic nailers are designed to perform much of the work of driving nails for you thus, saving you time and making your job quite easy. It requires only a single trigger pull for the nail to set flush below the working surface. Nailers offer you a one-handed operation, which allows your other hand to position the material in the right position. You can also get into tight or awkward spots where it would be almost impossible for you to swing a hammer. For you to get superior results with less effort, you should learn to use a trim nailer gun, and you will never want to
pound another finish nail.
The following is a step by step guide on how to use your nailer gun when nailing trim and the techniques you can use to deal with some of the common problems you might encounter.
Watch The Trim Nailer Gun Angle
After you learn this angle technique, shooting nails exactly where you targeted becomes quite an easy task. Firstly, place the center of the nail gun tip in the exact spot you want the nail to penetrate the wood. Then, carefully adjust the position of the nail gun to drive the nail on the right path.
Occasionally, for you to drive the nail right into the board, you should align the nailer’s cylinder and the tip perpendicularly to the surface of the board. However, in certain cases, you may require adjusting your angle of the nailer to enable you to nail sufficient wood behind the trim.
To avoid the nail showing in case it pops out when you are nailing into places where only one side is displayed, ensure that you direct the nailer slightly to the hidden surface. Also, with the help of a nipper, you may consider breaking the protruding nail and use your nail set to recess the remaining part.
Position Nails Accurately To Avoid Split Ends
Using a nail gun to drive nails is pretty easy that you may end up putting nails in the wrong places. However, with practice, you will be able to drive a nail precisely into the trim.
To avoid splitting the trim make sure to maintain nails several inches from the end. To achieve this, you may consider using Brad nailers since they drive thinner and shorter nails. Brad nailers, may help you nail within ends of 1/2 inch and edges of 1/8 inch without splitting the wood.
Use The Ideal Nail Size
To prevent yourself from changing nail sizes while you are working, you should select a nail long enough to go past the material you’re nailing and penetrate the wood below nearly 3/4 inches to 1 inch. Ensure that you allow more penetration when you are performing heavy-duty jobs such as nailing door jambs, and less penetration for fine tasks such as securing miters. Avoid the use of large nails since they can pop out in the wrong spots.
Installing a T-fitting at the compressor to join two hoses simultaneously can make it easy for you to use the brad nailer for complex tasks such as pinning.
Avoid Under Driven Nails
Nails that are too long, wrongly adjusted nail gun and low pressure may result in nails sticking out or nails that fail to set. To remedy the nail from sticking way out you should increase the air pressure to the maximum allowed levels for your nail gun and if this does not work, try loading shorter brads or nails.
Some nail guns have an adjustable nosepiece to help you regulate the set deep of the nail. You should use the nosepiece together with pressure adjustments to adjust your nail gun until the nail head is slightly recessed. Have a nail set with you for dealing with any nail-head that might stick-out.
For any nail that stands more than 1/4 inches, consider using a shank and bend it from side to side until it snaps, or cut the nail near the end using a side cutting pliers. Then recess the remainder with a nail set. With these tips, you should be able to use a trim nailer gun on your own without putting your safety in jeopardy.