Prevent Pneumatic-Nailer Blowouts When Installing Trim
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.