How To Use A Framing Nailer Safely
A framing nailer is one of the most significant tools in the entire family of gun nailers. It has proven to be significant in cases where you need to move nails swiftly and with high levels of accuracy into a frame.
The process of framing a home is significantly improved in terms of effectiveness and efficiency. However, there is need to be very knowledgeable about the use of a framing nailer in order to avoid the inherent risks that come with the inappropriate use of these nailers.
Types of Framing Nailers Available
There are two distinct models of framing nailers that are available in the market. These are the pneumatic framing nailers (which require air compressors) and the cordless framing nailers (which run without compressors but with a battery and gas embedded into their systems).
Understanding the different types is an essential factor that comes into play when it comes to using them.
Step By Step Process of Using a Framing Nailer
A framing nailer is endowed with a large cylinder which is placed directly above the tip of the nailer. This is the main powerhouse that is responsible for producing the nails to the target location.
Damage to self and to property is likely to occur if the nailer is not used appropriately. In addition to that, damage may occur if the nailer is not positioned properly or if it is not placed properly into the piece of wood before pressing the trigger.
Here we will analyze the sequential step by step process of using a framing nailer to avoid the occurrence of unintended physical harm or significant damage to property. These processes are discussed in details as follows;
Alignment of The Cylinder and Nail Tip
Even before considering to “open fire”, ensure that the “target is locked”. The cylinder and the tip of the nail gun should be properly aligned towards the direction you want to the nail to fire.
Pressing The Nailer Into The Wood
Once the nail tip and cylinder are aligned, move to pressing the nailer into the wood with appropriate effort (not so hard and not so softly). This should be done before the onset of pulling the trigger. At all costs, the trigger should not be pulled before the nailer is properly depressed into the wood to avoid damage or accident.
Pulling the Trigger
Once properly depressed into the wood, you can then move to pull the trigger, as it were. However, it is important to note that the nailer should fire a nail whilst its head is slightly depressed.
Framing Nailers come with their manuals. In cases where you need to adjust the depth, it is important to see to it that you have verified the manufactures instructions. The instructions will clearly show the depth specifications of your nailer. (Better safe than sorry!)
Important Safety Measures to Follow While Using a Framing Nailer
Basic safety protocols have to be employed when you are using any mechanical equipment. When it comes to the framing nailers, you should:
- Wear protective clothing during the use of a framing nailer. Always wear glasses and head muffs to protect against noise. You should also find some gloves if possible to increase friction in the hands and avoid accidents from occurring.
- Never place your hand in front of the nailer while it is in operation. You might risk piercing your hand. Remember the health effects of any nail gun is similar to that that would be experienced when one is hit with a gun. Severe blood loss would occur and even death!
- Always follow the manufactures instructions on proper use and disposal of the nail gun.
- Insist on regularly servicing the nail gun. Seek assistance when it comes to oiling or replacing of exhausted batteries whenever possible.
The key thing is to never do what you have not fully understood. After properly understanding what needs to be done, you will definitely enjoy using a nail gun and change the framing of your home with ease. Always remember the key principle of safety first. Better safe than sorry.