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Theres a Better Way

Prevent Pneumatic-Nailer Blowouts When Installing Trim

comments (3) September 23rd, 2011 in Blogs
grateful.ed Chuck Miller, editor at large

For use with multi-clip THERE's A BETTER WAY BLOG posts only

Video Length: 1:14
Produced by: John Ross, Edited by Cari Delahanty

If you're hanging moldings and the nails keep blowing out the side of your trim stock, you could just swear a lot and keep your putty handy, but there's a better way.

This is a tip from David J. Barbaree from Longmont, Colorado.


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If you look closely, you will notice that every finish nail, or pin, has a chisel point at the tip. This point allows the nail to cut through the wood more easily. If the flat part of the tip is parallel to the grain, the chisel tip will guide the nail wherever the grain leads it. Sometimes, that will be out the face of your material.

If you position the flat point of the nail perpendicular to the grain of your material, the chisel point will cut the grain. This will prevent the nail from following the grain, and even if it does hit a dense area, the nail will curve up or down, not out the side.

By the way, not all pneumatic nails align in the same manner. Check whether they are parallel with the length of the nailer or perpendicular to it before you start driving nails.

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Posted: 8:09 pm on October 13th

Marutake Marutake writes: Good tip, Hero, but nails with the point on the wrong end, don't throw them out! They are for the other side.
Posted: 6:02 pm on September 26th

LocalHero LocalHero writes: Also important to note that hand driven nails have a "pointy" end and a "head" end. The pointy end goes toward the wood!
Posted: 5:34 am on September 26th

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