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Old 06-10-2010, 04:54 PM   #1
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Toe-nailing with pneumatic nailer problem


I rented a pneumatic framing nailer and air compressor with 3" nails to install an interior non-loadbearing wall. I could never get a single nail to shoot from an angle (toe-nail) to go all the way into the wood. They are all sticking out at least a quarter inch. I have to go back with a hammer and try to either hammer them in or pull them out. Shooting straight into the wood was not a problem - nice tight fit.

The safety tip on the nailer tended to slip - nothing grabs onto the wood. I had the air compressor set to 115 PSI. There is a screw adjustment on the safety tip. I tried adjusting that in or out but it didn't seem to help. Any ideas?

I am done for the day but will need to rent it again for another wall and would like to be ready.

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Not sure I have the answer for you, but if I were to rent a framing nail gun again, from the same people I would have to tell them about this situation. I have a framing nailer that I use often, and will use the next two weeks, and it will drive a 16d to the head toenail style. David

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My framing nailer, a senco, does the same thing in tight quarters.

I use a palm nailer to drive the nails flush after nailing all the toenails with the framing nailer.

It's an extra step, and takes a little more time, but it looks good when I'm done and it's faster and easier than setting them by hand with my framing hammer.
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My framing nailer, a senco, does the same thing in tight quarters.

I use a palm nailer to drive the nails flush after nailing all the toenails with the framing nailer.

It's an extra step, and takes a little more time, but it looks good when I'm done and it's faster and easier than setting them by hand with my framing hammer.
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Hi there... what brand of nailer is it? Most come with a removable plastic saftey cap that conceals agressive toenailing teeth. I have the Bostitch F28WW, and the plastic cap pops right on and off. I can't imagine a framing nailer being constructed without those "teeth" used to grip the stock for toenailing.
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Not sure who you are asking about this. BUT, if me: Mine is one of those package units which had three (3) guns in the package at the blue home improvement store. I do not build homes, just do HandyMan work and use it occasionally. Yes, it had a plastic tip on the end (pacifier, I called it) and I threw it away real soon. Errr, I think it had an adjustment to set the nail depth and I may have (probably did) fool with it. David
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I was asking the OP... it sounded from the description of the problem "The safety tip on the nailer tended to slip - nothing grabs onto the wood.", that maybe he just never removed that pacifier part. Great name for it BTW, totally using that from now on.
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I use nailers every day. If you are toe-nailing with a nailer and using an appropriate angle for the nail to do its job, most nailers wont drive the nail flush when actuated. The driver in a pneumatic nailer is only so long. When you tilt the nailer to toe-nail, you are extending the required length of travel required by the driver to flush the head of the nail.

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