If you’re working on a big framing project, you may have considered getting your hands on a nailer, or a “nail gun”. No more hammering, or the sore arms, smashed thumbs and callouses that come with it. Of course, a nail gun can be a tad more dangerous. Before you arm yourself, make sure you’re familiar with these safety s.
1. Wear safety glasses and make sure anyone you’re working with wears them, too.
2. Make sure you’re familiar with the particular gun, and practice using it before starting work.
3. Never aim it at any part of your body. This includes situations where the stock you’re nailing is between you and the gun. One wrong move and you might be nailing yourself instead.
4. The same goes for others on the site. Never aim it in the direction of fellow workers.
5. Never rest the gun against any part of your body, or try to climb a ladder cradling the gun against your body.
6. Keep your hand a good foot away from the business end of the tool, and don’t support pieces with your foot or knee.
7. Make sure you’re in a stable position when nailing. If you can’t reach the spot easily, get a ladder.
8. Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re actually ready to nail.
9. Disconnect the gun before loading or servicing it.
10. Sometimes users remove the safety spring on the nose guard to speed up nailing. Never use a nail gun that’s been modified this way, as it can lead to accidental discharges.