Originally Posted by Stingray
Hello , I am having some trouble with my framing nailer. Today I began my basement framing by installing the blocking in between my perimeter floor joists. I measured,cut, then tapped them into place. But when I nail them, they move. Is there a trick to keeping them still while using the nail gun? I am going to be putting up studs in the next couple of days and I don't want them moving as well when I use the gun. Any advice would be fantastic.
Easy. As long as your cuts are "dead on' and the proper 'snug' measurement. The gun will kick a 'snug' piece of stock about 1/8" rearwards (away from the direction the nose piece is facing). What you do is simply, place the stock approximately 1/8" towards the opposite direction
that you know the force of the gun will kick the stock.
If for some reason, it doesn't kick it as far, simply use your hammer to tap it back to the point or mark that you want it to be at.
Then, toe-nail from the side (perpendicular to the initial nail or nails) ..... to 'lock' it at the point you want it to be....
Also, don't be afraid to hold the stock in place firmly....just make sure that you keep any fingers (or other body members that you don't want to lose) away from the nail length (this depends on the length of nail you are using) See the next point about this;
Safety tip: When using a nail gun: realize that a nail can hit a hard knot in the wood that can 'arch' a nail in a different direction that you may not expect. Keep your 'nose pickers'
.... safely way from the distance that the nails you are using can bend (.... as much as 360 degrees backwards..... and 'break' thru the wood stock)
(FWIW - It happened to me once while framing....... It also happened to a fellow GC once and it only 'nipped' his finger. He didn't take care of it properly at the time and it got infected....He ended up being ok tho...)