Using a nail gun makes quick work out of DIY projects
Using a nail gun can dramatically increase how quickly you complete DIY projects. This guide will teach you how to use a nail gun so you can save time and energy for other aspects of your project.
Safety: Always wear protective glasses or goggles when using power tools.
Anatomy of a Nail Gun
- Safety tip – this will retract into the gun as you press on the work surface
- Jam release latch – releases any nails in the event of a jam
- Magazine – holds all of the nails
- Magazine release – allows you to remove the empty magazine and replace
Trigger switch – fires the nail gun
How to Use A Nail Gun
- Remove the battery
- Press the magazine release button and load nails into the chamber.
- Adjust the air pressure dial according to the density of the material surface.
- Twist the depth of drive knob if finer adjustments are needed for the desired nail depth.
- On a spare scrap of wood from your project, test the nail gun to check the depth. Make adjustments again as necessary.
Align the nail gun at a 90-degree angle to the wood and press down so the safety tip retracts, then squeeze the trigger.
Nail Gun Tips
If your nail gun has selectable drive, switch from single- or multi-drive nailing.
The type of nail gun you need depends on the project you’re using it for:
Crown stapler: Best for cabinet building, metal siding, installing trim and furniture making.
- Brad nailer: Small trim woodworking and anywhere you don’t want to use wood putty.
Finish nailer: Installing outdoor fascia, heavy trim work and decorative accents.
Now that you know how to use a nail gun, let’s tackle some projects: