No, it's not a personal problem. Well....it sort of is... On a
couple of my nailer/staplers I've got dry-fire lockout, and on a few
more I don't. Well I've now decided that all future pneumatic
fastening devices will be equipped with it. It's not a huge deal, I
know, but it's just one less thing to worry about. I was gluing and
stapling a whole bunch of cleats this past week, and ran out of
staples. I went to pull the section out of the jig, and the cleat
came off in my hand. Unfortunately I had run out about 7 cleats ago.
Now, I'd like to think that I'd get to a point where I was just soooo
in the moment, all of the time, that I'd be fully aware of my staple
situation (in addition to all the other "situations" which can come up
without warning throughout this process called woodworking.) But I
doubt it. And as such, I'm now a dedicated lock-out guy.
My HF nailer occasionally shoots blanks, fully loaded. About that time I
add a bit of air tool oil, and try again. Sometimes I need to reseat the
There is a difference between when the nail is actually shot and when
it's not. The gun kicks back ever so slightly, making a slightly
different noise and having a slightly different feel.
On Usenet, no one can hear you laugh. That's a good thing, though, as
some writers are incorrigible.
I can't feel it with my FN-250B, but I can hear it if I'm paying attention.
It's a different sounding "thunk".
Of course, when the piece of wood I just nailed falls onto the floor, it
also occurs to me that the nailer might be out of nails. :)
I sure wish my flooring stapler had it. if it runs out when i'm nailing
straighter than average boards, i could conceivably get more than a few
boards down without realizing that i'm out. Conceivably. Hypothetically.
Not that it's ever happened of course.
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