The use of pneumatic nailers, or nail guns, has revolutionised the roofing industry. These tools offer speed, precision, and efficiency, making roofing jobs less strenuous and more productive. However, to fully utilise a pneumatic nailer’s potential, understanding how to use it effectively is crucial. Here at Kiwi Roof Masters, we’ve compiled eight tips and tricks for mastering pneumatic nailers.
- Choose the Right Nail Gun
Not all nail guns are created equal. For roofing jobs, coil roofing nailers are typically the best choice. They are specifically designed for roofing materials and have a larger nail capacity.
- Use the Correct Nail Size
Using the wrong size nails can lead to problems down the line. Make sure to use the correct nail size for your roofing material and project. For most roofing jobs, 1-1/4 inch to 1-3/4 inch nails are used.
- Adjust Nail Depth
Adjust the nail depth to suit the material you’re working with. Overdriving nails can damage roofing materials, while underdriving may result in a less secure hold.
- Check the Pressure
Check the air compressor’s pressure before you start nailing. Too much pressure can result in overdriven nails, while too little can lead to underdriven nails. Refer to your nail gun’s manual for the recommended pressure.
- Hold the Nailer Properly
Hold the nailer at the correct angle – usually 90 degrees to the work surface. This helps ensure that the nails are driven straight in, providing a secure hold.
- Always Use Safety Gear
Never overlook the importance of safety gear. Use safety glasses to protect your eyes from flying debris, and wear gloves to protect your hands.
- Regularly Clean and Maintain Your Nailer
Regular maintenance prolongs the life of your nailer and ensures it operates effectively. Clean the feed system regularly to prevent jamming and check the O-rings and seals for any signs of wear.
- Practice First
If you’re new to using a pneumatic nailer, take the time to practice on some scrap material first. This will help you get a feel for the tool and make any necessary adjustments before you start on your roofing project.
A pneumatic nailer can be a roofing professional’s best friend when used correctly. These tips will help you use this tool more effectively, making your roofing jobs more efficient and less physically demanding.
At Kiwi Roof Masters, we believe in working smart, and using the right tools is an integral part of that. If you need expert roofing solutions, contact us today.