I bought a new Ridgid plam nailer, because a few places I need to add braces
between studs there is no elbow room, there is no room and the block wall is
to my left, and I am right handed, with copper pipes and rigid elecrtrical
conduits in the way, so no way to use a hammer. Also needed to use those
Simpson ties on some roof and ceiling pieces.
I opened the box and tried six nails (8d) and each one I tried I bent the
nail. I was not even pushing real hard.
Any special tricks?
On Mon, 22 Nov 2010 17:31:32 -0800 (PST), jamesgangnc
Never found old wood hard to nail into unless it happened to be dense
or knotty. Old wood dries and splits easily IME.
Green dense wood can be tough, even pine.
Palm nailers are pretty foolproof.
Probably hitting metal or you got some soft nails.
Try them in some scrap wood.
Don't agree withe critique of Menard's nails. Used their MM brand for
years, very good quality, American made IIRC. Problem may have been
that the palm nailers don't work with air pressure too high or with
box nails. OTOH, the Craftsman Li Ion nailer handles the mean one
surprisingly well. Craftsman might be doing some serious upgrading to
their non hand tool line if this is an example. Bears watching.
I bought some finisheing nails from Menards that were so soft I could
almost bend them with my hands. Bought some others from our local ACE
hardware that workeding corectly. Also have found that machine screws
from Menards seem to vary somewhat in size within a given box, some
thread too easily and some are difficult to thread. Made in China, of
course. So I always go to ACE for anything where size, strength are
I don't have any tricks for using them, just a warning - get good a
anti-vibration glove, one with gel-foam pads to wear when using the
thing. I personally would find some alternative since one of those would
kick my carpal tunnel into overdrive and I probably wouldn't be able to
use my hand for a month. A cordless impact driver and some good deck
screws come to mind, I use that regularly without much CT problems.
Agreed... Definitely sounds like operator error/inexperience is the
issue here... There is always a shiny new tool that someone doesn't
know what it should be used for that needs to burn a hole in their
RicodJour, to explain it a bit better, the plumber that roughed in my shower
ended up cutting one stud complelely away (it's a load bearing wall) when
all he needed to do was drill two 3/4" holes. I made a square cut of the
stud above and below, and inserted a new piece to fit tightly in between,
then I wanted to nail in two sister studs to each side, but the copper pipes
and electrical conduits were in the way of me getting a hammer in there to
be able to have any sort of swing more than two inches, and I had to swing
from left to right with my left hand (I am right handed), that's why I tried
a palm nailer thinking it could deliver more punch with less "latitude".
LOL... It sounds to me like you could have taken care of the entire
with tiny piece of stud you fitted back in and a short piece of angle
reinforce it -- sistering additional studs onto your repair sounds
in this situation...
As James said old wood can be a bear. Never having used a PN my only
suggestion would be to use hex head screws or pre-drill the hole with a bit
about half the size of the nail.
Personally I find that hex head screws, a bit with a 6" shaft and a cordless
drill allow me to do a lot of things I can not do with a hammer or nail gun.
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