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Old 08-24-2013, 05:30 PM   #1
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Still building my garden shed and its been nothing but a "one step forward and three steps back" project.
I know there is no cure for stupid but maybe some help here will work.
My pneumatic framing nailer keeps splitting the 2x4's half the time. Is the nail gun not set up right?
Am I using cheap wood? Wrong size nails? Not aiming or pulling the trigger right?

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What is the pressure set at and where are you hitting the board.

Should not be splitting it if you are locating them right, sizing the fastener right, and not over driving them.

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You may have some brittle 2x4s----hemlock splits like that---does this happen when toe nailing or when nailing through the bottom plate into the end of the 2x4?

What size nails?
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What is the pressure set at and where are you hitting the board.

Should not be splitting it if you are locating them right, sizing the fastener right, and not over driving them.
I'm probably doing all the above wrong. The Hitachi framing gun is a loaner by a friend. Any idea what the pressure should be?
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framing guns should be run at 110 psi.. some will argue this though.. i run them at 110 so im not having to finish the nails by hand, now mind you i also use quite a bit of engineered lumber which requires more pressure to sink air spikes
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What are you trying to do with it?
And as already asked what size nail are you trying to use.
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I'm probably doing all the above wrong. The Hitachi framing gun is a loaner by a friend. Any idea what the pressure should be?
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Shouldn't be any more then 90 psi.
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What are you trying to do with it?
And as already asked what size nail are you trying to use.
Basic framing of a garden shed with 2x4's.
wood splits mostly within 3" of the end.
Using mostly 8d nails.
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If you build the walls laying down with 10 d nails though the tops and bottom plates there will be no splitting.
Your trying to nail at to steep an angle or to close to the bottom of the stud. Need two nails on one side and on more on the other side in the middle.
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Though I'm an experienced DIYer and have a couple of smaller air nailers, the framing nailer scares the heck out of me. When we built our log home a couple of years ago, I did all the framing the old-fashioned way, with a hammer.
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My wood shop teacher said this." A power tool is just a hand tool with malicious intent."


I have seen more injuries with a brad gun,than with a framer----the framer is obviously dangerous so people are careful.

The brad gun looks safe---but the nails fish hook frequently and stick the finger of the careless worker that holds the trim to close to the gun nose.---

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I keep the pressure at 120 for most of my air guns and adjust the nose piece on the guns accordingly. for toe nails if you set the pressure around 110 to 120 and max out the nail depth setting on the nose piece then toe nails should set just fine, if it splits stick it again and make it hold...
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Shouldn't be any more then 90 psi.
framing guns should be run at 100.. other wise you'll be driving nails home all day with your hammer to finish off shiners
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My wood shop teacher said this." A power tool is just a hand tool with malicious intent."


I have seen more injuries with a brad gun,than with a framer----the framer is obviously dangerous so people are careful.

The brad gun looks safe---but the nails fish hook frequently and stick the finger of the careless worker that holds the trim to close to the gun nose.---

Always be careful with any tool----Mike----
Excellent advice for sure. I shot a finish nail side to side through the top of my thumb while building my house. Thing was, it didn't hurt. I pulled the nail out, and I didn't bleed. Now I don't even have a scar.
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I had a similar experience---no pain---pulled it out and finished the day-------

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