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Lost the Cap for your Pneumatic Nailer? Try This

comments (6) October 22nd, 2009 in Blogs
grateful.ed Chuck Miller, editor at large

Video Length: 0:56
Produced by: John Ross; Edited by Michael Dobsevage


When you're done using your pnuematic nailer it's important to seal the nipple that connects to your air source so that it doesn't collect dust. Some manufacturers provide a plastic cap that is tethered to the nailer, but not all do, and inevitably these caps can fall off and get lost.

Ted Miller, a Fine Homebuilding reader from Woodstock, Va., sent us this tip to solve this problem. He roles up a simple foam earplug and stuffs it in the nipple at the end of the day when he's done using his nail gun. Problem solved. Thanks Ted.

P.S. Looking for another fun use for your foam ear plugs? Check out this Pneumatic Office Nailer (or jobsite nailer) from associate editor Chris Ermides. All it takes is a length of copper pipe and some ear plugs and you're ready for a good time...


posted in: Blogs, pneumatic nailer

Comments (6)

drice847 drice847 writes: Thanks Don M. from Illinois for your door spinner! I had 4 doors to paint and your jig made quick work of my job....Thanks again.
Posted: 4:25 am on November 11th

dhylands dhylands writes: Hmm. The link didn't come through my last post. Let's try again...
http://www.leevalley.com/garden/page.aspx?c=1&p=45858&cat=2,42194,40727
Posted: 4:44 pm on October 26th

dhylands dhylands writes: Lee Valley makes something called nozzle caps. I call them tool condoms.


They should work fine (I say should because so far I've only used them for caulk).
Posted: 4:44 pm on October 26th

Cameron_Watt Cameron_Watt writes: That's a good idea, but here's another:

I don't know about you, but I have a few leaky female couplers kicking around. I replaced them because they leak but don't want to toss them either, so into my brass bucket they went....

I think I'll plug their hose ends and connect them to the air tools when storing them or, if I get motivated, I might bolt them to the underside of a shop cabinet so they can do double duty as a dust plug and storage hanger.
Posted: 12:43 pm on October 26th

Planman Planman writes: I insert golf tees into the air inlet of my air tools after use. Works great!
Posted: 11:17 pm on October 23rd

jim's trim jim's trim writes: The best use for old earplugs I have heard of, thanks for the tip.
Posted: 4:46 pm on October 23rd

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