When To Use A Nailer

A nailer can usher in considerable relief while undertaking lengthy projects involving considerable intricacy.

Apart from bringing considerable improvements in terms of time savings, it can also buffer you from the requirement of having to work with the hammer over long stretches of time.

The type of nail gun chosen by you bears a direct relationship with the type of job you have at hand.


Today we are going to discuss in brief about the same so that you gain a clear idea about when to use a nailer and the specific purpose particular type of nailer can serve.

Roofing Nailers

This uses shorter nails having larger heads which are ideal for dealing with siding and similar materials.

The nails come in coil form and the nailer offers sequential trip or switchable contact as well as tool-free depth-drive adjustment.

Framing Nailers

This heavy duty nailer is used to work on wooden frames of a building.

All framing nail guns offer tool-free depth-drive adjustment and switchable contact or sequential trip.

Finishing Nailers

This can serve as your ultimate choice for nailing indoor trim as well as similar jobs.

It makes use of lighter and shorter gauge nails which are perfect for being used on mouldings around doors and windows, chair rails, baseboards and even cabinet manufacturing.

You can opt for either cordless or air compression variants of finishing nailers which usually offers tool-free depth-drive adjustment and switchable contact or sequential trip.

Flooring Nailers

These nail guns are designed for being used while working on floor boards without wearing out your knees.

All you need to do is hold the nailer against the board edge and drill in the nail with a moderate whack on the plunger through the nylon mallet.

The best thing about this type of nailer is that it always achieves the right depth and angle at all times.

Brad Nailers

The nail magazine of this light duty nailer is not angled like that of its framing and finishing peers.

This is why it is used mostly while undertaking smaller wood projects, upholstery and similar work requiring adequate precision.

Bottom Line

Power tools can prove to be extremely dangerous if it falls in the wrong hands.

This is where nail guns come in to provide you with an adequate level of safety as it does not fire unless pressed against a solid surface.

However, you can still be at danger if you tap the nailer accidentally onto something while simultaneously pressing the trigger.

Nail guns have two different types of firing mechanisms. Under the dual-contact firing mode, the nail fires whenever you hold down the trigger and press it against the material surface.

Under this method, you can keep on firing nails without having to release and re-press the trigger time and again.

In case of sequential firing, the nosing has to be pressed onto the work area followed by releasing the trigger before firing each nail.