Framing nailers are available in two types – pneumatic and cordless. The pneumatic nailer must be attached to a compressor which turns a piston to the nail into the wood. The cordless nailer has a disposable compressed air canister which fits inside the gun or a rechargeable battery to power the piston.
The choice of framing nailer to use depends on the job. A large project will require a heavy-duty nailer which, of course, is the logical choice for the professional. For the DIYer or homeowner with a single job on hand, a cordless nailer is probably adequate and less expensive.
The framing nailer will have one of two types of firing mechanism:
There are two basic positions needed in nailing. For face nailing, you face the area to be nailed and hold the nailer at a 90 degree angle. For toe nailing – i.e. nailing floor joists, etc., you hold the nailer at a 50 degree angle and fire.
As with all tools, you should follow the manufacturer’s basic instructions on maintenance of your framing nailer and safety recommendations.
Framing nailers are a huge improvement over hammers and nails but care must be taken – injury more disabling than hammering your thumb nail could be sustained if you don’t!