How to use a Milwaukee cordless framing nailer safely and effectively
A framing nailer (sometimes referred to as a framing gun or nail gun) is one of the most important tools on any home construction site. A quality nailer will drive a number of nails into a frame assembly faster than a skilled carpenter can drive a framing nail with a hammer. This speeds up the process of making a wall (or house for that matter) exponential.
When used incorrectly, a framing nailer can be a dangerous device that can quickly cause serious injury.
Types of framing nailers:
There are two predominant types of framing nailers: pneumatic framing nailers and cordless framing nailers. A pneumatic frame nailer requires an air compressor to deliver air to the tool via a piece of hose.
When the pneumatic frame nailer drives a nail, the compressed air from the hose drives a piston, which in turn drives the nail into the wood.
The wireless frame nailer works in the same way, but the pressure to drive the piston usually comes from a disposable air reservoir that fits into the nailer. This canister, in combination with a battery to activate the charge, drives a predetermined number of nails before it has to be replaced with a fresh canister.
While the pneumatic frame nailer tends to be faster, one has to deal with the tether of a hose to the air compressor (not to mention that the air compressor needs to have a tank big enough to keep the pressure hungry frame nailer supplied with air ) while the wireless unit may take a few seconds to prepare before it is ready to fire and you have the added expense of buying compressed air canisters.
Apart from that, each of the two types will adequately handle the workload it has to expect in a framework job.
Featuring ergonomic magnesium housing, the Milwaukee 7100-20 Round-Head 2.0-Inch to 3.5-Inch Framing Nailer is the lightest full round-head framer in its class. This framer incorporates both sequential and bump firing modes–each accessible via a simple turn of a knob–so you can achieve the exact speed you need without sacrificing precision.
Types of nails:
Another consideration to keep in mind when using a framing nailer is the type of nails is using in the nailer. Some framing nailers have a long magazine containing a few sets of nails (up to about a hundred nails depending on nail type).
Other framing nailers use a nail roller in a round magazine. As with the type of frame nailer, the choice between rod-style coil-style is a matter of preference.
What is not necessarily desired, however, is the type of nail used.
Some nailers use nails with cut nails that are not a full round nail head, but instead a crescent-shaped head. This type of head allows for more nails per magazine, but some building codes prohibit the use of nails with the head cut off. Make sure you know the local regulations and requirements before you start a project with nails with the head cut off.
Using a framing nailer:
A framing nailer has a large cylinder that lies directly above the nailer tip (from which the nails are driven). The tip is a safety device that must be pressed against the wood before the trigger is released.
To fire the nailer, align the cylinder and nail tip in the direction the nail should burn. Press the nailer into the wood to press the nail tip before pulling the trigger. The nailer should shoot a single nail in the wood with his head slightly knocked down (about 1/8-inch).
If the nail is slightly more or less deeply embedded in the wood, you can adjust the depth setting on the nailer (observe the instructions for use and location of the nail depth setting).
Types of triggers:
Framing nailers usually have two types of interchangeable triggers: a bump fire trigger and a standard single fire trigger. With the Single Fire Trigger, you need to press the nail tip against the wood and pull the trigger for each nail fired while you push the trigger with the kick trigger and “poke” the nail tip into the wood to shoot a nail.
Bump nailing is much faster, but single-firing is more controlled and precise. I would recommend using the single fire trigger until you know the safety and operation of the tool before attempting to use the bump fire trigger.
There are two types of nailing that are typically done with a framing nailer: nails and toenails. Think of nailing as a nail square (or perpendicular) on the front of the board in another drift.
This is the simplest and most common method of nailing with a framing nailer and should be mastered first.
However, there are times when the nailer will not be able to move the nails at right angles and a nail will have to be driven in at an angle.
This is calling nailing. The procedure is the same as for nailing (position the nailer at the desired angle for the direction of the nail, press the nail tip and pull the trigger), but adjust the angle exactly so that the wood does not split or the tip of the nail does not go through the back of the assembly can take some practice.
As with all power tools, always wear appropriate safety equipment, including safety goggles, ear protection (as the framing nailer can be quite noisy) and wear appropriate clothing.
Note that the safety features of a framing nailer are not an obstacle, they are a necessity.
For example, the nail tip of the nailer should never be disabled or removed to increase the speed. Such a nailer is like a gun without safety and does not bone about it, a framing nail can be as devastating to the human body like a bullet.
Also, I’ve seen some users pull the nail tip back with one hand while shooting with the other. This is another bad idea as nail guns can misfire. Personally, I guess my hands are a little too much to try such a badly advised trick.
And when we talk about misfiring nails, the nail plug should be a quick and easy method for all nailers to open the nail head and remove pinched nails. While a well-maintained nailer should cause a misfire in less than 1% of cases, this is occasionally the case. Please read your operating instructions on how to correct a misfire you are preparing for.
If you’ve been working in construction, you probably know what a nail gun is, what it does, and how it’s used. Nailers are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from design to completion, to the floor, depending on the needs of the user. With a variety of options, which tool fits you? Find out what features you need to do to get the projects you want to build.
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Let’s start by discussing the types of nail guns or nailers you might encounter:
The largest family of nail guns is the top nailer from top to bottom. Framing nailers are building to handle large jobs requiring heavy fasteners (nails) – such as frames, fences, and pallet construction.
The industries that benefit most from this type of tool include home construction, construction, and manufacturing. Similar to the framing nailer, roof nailers are almost identical in appearance, however, these nail guns are designing specifically for the attachment of roof shingles.
For projects that are slightly less intensive, Finish Nailers are recommended for jobs such as door and window trim, cladding, baseboards, cabinets, moldings, furniture, shelves, and cabinets. A close relative to the finish of nail guns, Brad Nagler drive an even smaller – Brad – Nail and are designed for small trimming and furniture repairs.
Typically, the use of a nail gun eliminates the need for wood putty to cover a hole in which the fastener has been driven – but these nailers can only be used for lighter projects because the fastener is not as large as an end nail. Last but not least, a pin nailer might be the best option for crafting or small trim projects, such as cabinet doors and bird houses. For someone in renovation or remodeling,
Specially designed for laying hardwood and laminate floors, floor nailers are the last commercial nail guns that most contractors or do-it-yourselfers need. These nailers are building to install a variety of hardwood floor sizes and thicknesses. Typically active with a hammer, ground nailers are building only for floor applications. Find your nailer now.
Cordless framing nailer (Milwaukee cordless framing nailer)
The age-old debate between entrepreneurs do I want a cordless nailer or a pneumatic, air powered nail gun? Most users of high-performance nail guns swear by pneumatic tools, as they are usually a little more reliable and do not require recharging on the job site.
The disadvantage of a pneumatic tool is the use of an air compressor. For garage workers using nailers such as finish, Brad and pin models, a small compressor like the Senco PC1010 will be more than efficient. For hard and intensive use on a job site, you should use a larger compressor such as the Senco PC0970 because it has a larger tank and provides enough air pressure for larger tools – including nailers.
If you choose a cordless nail gun, you’ll need to have a charger ready to keep your device running as soon as the battery runs out. Cordless frame nailers also require a fuel cell to provide the necessary pressure to drive a fastener.
The benefit of having a cordless device, you can go beyond the length of an air hose and can get into tighter, hard to reach areas. You also do not need an air compressor with a battery powered nailer. This is usually the attraction that makes this type of tool for builders desirable.
Terms to look out for when purchasing your next nail gun:
When comparing nailers, you will most likely encounter some or all of the following terms. One of the key features you should look for is an adjustable drive depth that lets you choose how far your nail (or other fasteners) screwed into the object to be attached. Another option to see directional exhaust plates you can choose, the direction your tool shoots its exhaust – this feature is especially useful in dusty areas.
Last but not least, you want to be sure that your nailer has a jam clearance to avoid wasting time and/or costly repairs when your tool jams.
Depending on the job you’re working on, be aware of features such as the size of the trigger (if you’re wearing gloves while working), easy customization for various nail or fastener sizes, and Rugg exterior design for the projects you attach to your nailer toss.
Look for brands like Senco, Paslode, Hitachi, Bostitch, and MAX, as these manufacturers all have a strong track record in building reliable and durable tools. Also, pay attention to the warranty period of a manufacturer.
Most brands come with a one-year limited warranty, but certain tools go beyond – such as Senco XP’s (XtremePro) line of nailers, which include a five-year limited warranty or Bostitch’s seven-year limited warranty offered on Choose Tools.
Milwaukee 7100-20 Round Head 2-Inch to 3-1/2-Inch Framing Nailer
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- Round-head 2-inch to 3-1/2-inch framing nailer; reload indicator; adjustable air deflector; non-marring nose piece
- 70-120 psi operating pressure; sequential and bump firing modes with turn of knob
- Durable magnesium housing – 7-1/2-pounds
- Includes safety glasses, 2-ounce oil, 4 mm hex wrench, 5 mm hex wrench
- 5-year warranty