Nail Gun Maintenance
Owning a nail gun is a huge time saver if your into DIY, construction or home restoration. Nail guns are incredibly useful tools and allow you to pin up certain structures a lot easier than just using a hammer. They are also one of the more dangerous tools to use in the industry because of their sheer power. Air nailers can be used to puncture holes through solid wood, so you should always take good care when using them. If you missed our post on the most dangerous tools than check this out.
As well as being powerful and useful, they can also break and degrade with continuous use. This is pretty standard with all machines and tools. It is important to keep them thoroughly maintained and working like they are supposed to. Maintaining a nail gun is important if you want it to work for years to come and the process is very simple. This guide will go through the methods you can use to maintain your nail gun. They are simple, easy to apply and will keep the tool working effectively for all your projects.
Check Screws and Bolts
This is an obvious but essential method to maintain your nail gun. You don’t have to do this one regularly but doing it every few months is very important if you don’t want your nail gun to fall apart during use. Every month or so, you need to tighten the screws and make sure any loose parts are tight and secured to the mechanism.
Screws and bolts are well-known to become loose during constant use, due to the vibrations. In addition, you may find that the screws have become loose during shipping, so when you open the box do a quick check of the screws and tighten where necessary.
Lubricate the Air Fitting
Oiling your nail gun is very important if you want to keep it running as effective as possible. You will read later about oiling but for now, we will look at the air fitting. This needs to be oiled on a regular basis and this can be performed very quickly before you start your project. Simply get some air tool oil (preferably light oil) and lubricate the O-rings inside the fitting with your finger. 4-5 drops of oil will work fine.
On a side note, it is important to not have the machine running or switched on during this process. The last thing you want it to nail yourself to the wall instead of the wood. Using a good quality lubricantcan make a difference so using something like this is a good choice.
Tidy the Feed System
If you have a pneumatic nail gun, regularly cleaning the feed system is very important. The feed system can attract dirt and debris which can jam the gun and prevent it from firing properly. Every day you need to clean the feed system with a compressed can of air. Simply point the can at the feed system and spray the excess debris away.
You can also use a rag to remove any dirt or grime from the system to make sure it doesn’t get jammed. We don’t recommend you use oil on the feed system as this tends to attract dirt and cause it to stick to the oil.
Apply Light Oil
Finally, it is important to make sure that the gun is correctly oiled before use, especially if you plan on using the gun regularly for longer periods of time. To apply the oil to the gun, use the fitting at the bottom of the gun. You can also use some light, pneumatic tool oil on the guns moving parts to make sure everything is moving smoothly before continuous use.
Having a nail gun is very useful and can save you a lot of time on the construction site. However, they are bound to degrade and jam with continuous use, so making sure they are well maintained is very important. If you treat your nail gun good it will treat you good.
There is nothing worse than a gun that is constantly jamming or misfiring. Performing these minor maintenance tips will make things easier in the long run. 10With the above tips, you should be able to professionally keep your nail gun at peak performance and running for years to come.