Tips for Using a Brad Nailer

Brad nailers are alternatives to finish nailers. They are recommended for small scale, precision woodwork, such as attaching molding. Typically, brad nailers are used when standard nails and finish nailers could damage the wood. Pneumatic brad nailers need to be attached to an air compressor for power. If you rent this air tool for your project, these tips will help you get the most out of it.

Prep the Nailer

Before you can begin, you need to prep the brad nailer. Start by inspecting it for any signs of damage. You may need to apply an air tool lubricating oil to the air piston so that it won’t malfunction when in use. When you’re satisfied it is in good working condition, load it with brads. It is best to load the number of brads that you think you will need for your project so that you don’t have to stop in the middle of your work. Attach the nailer to the air compressor, making sure that the connection is tight enough to prevent air loss.

Test the Power

Take a piece of scrap wood and test the nailer, so you can make sure it is functioning properly and so you can get used to the power. Place the tip of the nailer directly on the wood at a 90-degree angle and pull the trigger. The brad should go directly into the wood in a straight line. If it does, then you can move on with your project.

Work in a Straight Line

As you use the nailer, work in a straight line. If a brad doesn’t go through the surface the entire way, it is better to remove it and start again, as trying to hammer it in will split the wood.

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