|They operate very similarly to a typical firearm, and thus great care needs to
be administered when using one.
actuated nails, or fasteners, are made out of high quality hardened steel. They
come in a variety of options, depending upon the application they are intended
There are a variety of powder
actuated nail guns or tools on the market today. Some are magazine fed or single
shot powder actuated. Others are classified as either direct acting or indirect
With direct acting, the explosive
charge acts directly on the nail head, whereas with the indirect type an
intermediate piston is used.
There are also automatic or manual
piston cycling powder actuated versions and automatic or manual feed charge
versions, such as the
Remington Stud Driver.
Powder actuated nail guns can be
purchased at most home improvement stores at very reasonable prices. You can
also rent them. When using powder actuated nail guns, it is a good idea to first
apply a bead of liquid nails or a similar product to the back of the wood
material before fastening it to the concrete wall or floor with the nail gun.
When using a powder actuated nail
gun, or fastener, extreme caution should be used. Though the powder actuated
nail guns have built in safety features, such as built in muzzle interlocks,
they still can be very dangerous if used improperly. Note that powder actuated
nail guns have a nailing force much more powerful than the ubiquitous pneumatic
nail gun. Before using a powder nail gun you should read all of the safety and
operating instructions. In addition, most manufacturers offer training and
certification programs. It is highly recommended that you attend one of these
prior to using a powder actuated nail gun.
When working with a powder actuated
nail gun always where eye, ear and hand protection.
It is also highly recommended that
powder actuated nail guns be stored in a locked up area when not in use.
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