Framing Nailer Magazine
Framing nailers have two types of magazines: stick magazines and coil magazines.
You’ll notice that most of the nail guns sold online or in your local hardware stores have a stick magazine. These are made of aluminum and positioned at a certain angle. Check out this article for a more detailed explanation of why framing nailers have different angles.
Loading a strip of nails into a stick magazine is very easy. It is also less bulky than a coil magazine, so it’s better for toe-nailing or nailing at a certain angle. The only downside is that it can only accommodate a limited number of framing nails.
Coil magazines, on the other hand, can accommodate more nails compared to stick magazines. The nails are coiled into a circle and loaded into a round magazine. The downside? Loading coiled framing nails takes a lot of practice before you can perfect it.
Type of Nail Gun Trigger
Framing nailers have two types of triggers: the contact firing and the sequential trigger.
With contact firing (also known as bump firing), the user has to pull the trigger and press the safety tip against the work surface at the same time to discharge the nail.
Many DIYers and workers like this type of trigger because it’s faster and more efficient. All you have to do is “bump” the safety tip against the work surface while pressing the trigger and you can drive multiple nails in mere seconds.
The problem with contact firing is the tool is prone to double firing. It can sometimes fire a second nail on top of the first one. The second nail can recoil off the first nail and can easily hit you or someone else working or standing nearby. It is also very easy to injure yourself or others if you have your finger on the trigger and accidentally bumped the safety tip on some part of your body or someone else’s.
The second type of trigger is sequential firing. In this type of trigger, you have to press the safety tip to the work surface first then pull the trigger to discharge the nail.
You have to press the safety tip to the material then pull the trigger again to drive another nail. This type of trigger reduces the chances of accidental double firing and is safer compared to bump firing.
Framing Nailer Safety Tips
- Carefully read and understand the owner’s manual before operating the framing nailer for the first time.
- Wear a hard hat and a pair of safety glasses every time you use a framing nailer.
- Refrain from touching the trigger when the framing nailer is not in use.
- The key to framing nailer safety is to consider it as a firearm. Never point the framing nailer at any part of your body or anyone.
- Be extra careful when using pneumatic framing nailers.
- Remove the fuel cell or battery when making adjustments to the tool. The tool should also be disconnected from the air compressor (if you have a pneumatic model) when making adjustments.
- Always take precautions and secure the hose when using an air-powered tool while framing.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: Should we use screws instead of nails for framing?
Answer: Because nails have a higher tensile strength than screws, they are recommended for framing. Nails will flex under constant pressure, whereas screws are rigid and more prone to snap. As a result, certain newly designed high-tensile screws for framing are now available on the market. Avoid using screws in a framing nailer, and if you must use screws, make sure to use an impact driver or cordless drill.
Question: What is the proper framing nailer size to use?
Answer: However, with framing nailers, size is not a concern. Typically, framing nailers will fire up to 3.5-inch 10D nails required for framing. In addition to the size of the framing nailer, you must consider its weight, angle, and kind, which we addressed in-depth above.
Question: Should we utilize a siding nailer to frame the house?
Answer: We can use a framing nail gun for siding (since it accepts 2-inch short nails), but not a siding nailer for framing. Framing nail guns typically require 3.5-inch nails that penetrate deeply to establish a secure connection between 2X4 boards. While a siding nailer can handle nails up to 2.5 inches long, it cannot be used for framing. Finally, we cannot utilize a sliding nailer for framing.
Question: Is it possible to use 21-degree nails in a 30-degree framing nail gun?
Answer: No, we can’t use 21-degree nails in a 30-degree nailer. The reason for this is that the nail clips for a 30° nailer are not the same as those for a 21° nailer. As a result, they cannot be used interchangeably between the two types of framing nailers.