Unlike other electric screwdrivers, the collated screw gun allows you to sink a screw 2 inches below the surface of the wood. What this means for you is that you can build decks, frame houses and install drywall with more efficiency and security. You will be attaching wood in such a way that the likelihood of it becoming loose is very slim. Like any other tool you come in contact with, there are safety tips to take into consideration. Follow the simple tips below to ensure that you use your screw gun properly and safely.
1. Choose the Right Depth
When you are screwing pieces of wood together, it is important that the collated screw gun is properly set to a useful depth. This is a feature that is found on the tool, so you do not go through both pieces of wood but rather join them tightly with a variety of screws and varying depths. Measure the wood to be joined, and subtract the depth below the surface you wish the screws to go. From here, you can determine the maximum depth to set the collated screw gun.
2. Soft and Hard Wood
There are varying degrees of wood strength you should consider prior to using the collated screw gun. Cedar is much harder than birch, so setting the depth too far can cause the wood to splinter. Many people that use the collated screw gun do so only with harder types of wood, especially when they need a tight grip and a screw depth. Using the same depth to sink to a screw into cedar to use on birch or plywood could literally have the screw go completely through the softer wood.
3. Watch Your Hands
There's a lot of power (roughly 3,500 RPM) behind the collated screw driver. You need to be able to keep the screw gun steady as you use it, but also be very mindful where your hands are during use. If the screw gun decides to skip on the head of the screw, it could easily jump to your hand that is guiding the screw gun. If the gun happens to hit your hand during a rotation, it will cause serious damage.
4. Keep it Steady
The collated screw gun generates a lot of power—upwards of 3,500 RPM. If you merely place the tip of the gun over a screw and use it, the speed could cause the screw to veer off course. When this happens, you can crack woods, destroy drywall and potentially hit water or gas pipes as well as wires. To prevent this from happening, always keep one hand wrapped around the top of the gun. Keep a firm a grip as you use it so the screws enter straight.