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Pneumatic Tools – Use Tips & Safety Issues

Pneumatic Tools - Use Tips & Safety Issues

Pneumatic tools work best when you give them the respect they deserve. As with any mechanical device, they require periodic maintenance and cleaning. Here are some other helpful suggestions. I followed these to the letter when I used the tools. I suggest you consider doing the same.

Always read the instruction manuals that come with the tools.

Absolutely wear safety glasses! Chips of wood, concrete, or even a nail could bounce and cause a serious or permanent eye injury.

Don't power the guns with bottled gases such as oxygen, CO2, etc.!

Use clean, dry compressed air. Be sure the pressure is set accurately. Don't exceed the tool manufacturer's recommended air pressure!

Be sure that the tool is equipped with a fitting that releases air pressure when the tool is disconnected from an air hose. Storing air in the tool is DANGEROUS.

Always disconnect the tool from the air source or power source when performing maintenance or clearing a jammed fastener.

Never carry the tool around when connected to an air supply with your finger on the trigger.

If the tool requires lubrication (some do and some don't), lubricate each day. This will reduce or eliminate down time.

Always treat the gun like a loaded pistol or rifle.

No horseplay! Don't take target practice at lunch breaks. Only fire the gun into lumber.

Always check the underside of what you are nailing. It is virtually impossible to detect when a nail misses. You can't "feel" a miss as you would when hand nailing. Plywood roof sheathing and subfloors must be nailed securely. Inspect the underside for misses.

Also, check the air pressure. The pressure should be set so the nail head is driven flush. If the pressure is set too high, the nail drives deeply into the wood. The holding power of the nail is significantly reduced.

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