How to Use a Brad Nailer

What You'll Need
Brad Nailer
Hose Adaptor
Air compressor
Air hose
Teflon tape
Pneumatic Tool Oil
Adjustable Wrench
Tack Cloth

A brad nailer is a type of hand-held tool that is used to fire brad nails. Brad nails are finishing nails that have narrow heads on one side. There are also varieties of brad nails that do not have heads. These nails vary in sizes from ½ inch to 2 inches. To hammer these nails into wood, one needs to have a brad nailer. There are two varieties of the tool: pneumatic and electric. The pneumatic variety requires the use of an air compressor to help it shoot brad nails. Below is a quick guide to using a brad nailer.

Step 1 – Purchase the Correct Hose Adaptor

When using a pneumatic brad nailer, go to the hardware supply shop and buy a hose adaptor that will fit the brad nailer. Aside from the hose adaptor, buy Teflon tape and pneumatic tool oil. It is important to use a Teflon tape. It will ensure that the connection between the hose and the device is not loose.

Step 2 – Wrap the Connector with Teflon Tape

Wrap the fitting on the hose adaptor with Teflon tape. Connect the adaptor to the device until it is tight. Using an adjustable wrench, tighten the connection further to ensure that it does not allow air to leak.

Step 3 – Lubricate the Device

The device makes use of an air piston in order to work. This means that it has to be lubricated to function properly. Lubricate the adaptor using pneumatic tool oil. A few drops of the oil are sufficient. Make use of a tack cloth to clean any mess.

Step 4 – Load the Brad Nailer

Brad nailers can be loaded with a certain number of nails depending on the model. Load the device with enough number of nails needed for a project.

Step 5 – Connect the Device to the Air Compressor

Allow the air compressor to pressurize before connecting the device. As soon as the air compressor is ready, connect one end of the hose to the air compressor and one end to the brad nailer. Check if the connections are tight enough. If the connections are loose, make use of an adjustable wrench to tighten them.

Step 6 – Test the Device

Test the device on a piece of wood to check if it is working properly. Hold the handle and place it into position. Make sure nothing gets in the way of the tool. The tip of the tool should rest on the surface of the wood at an approximately 90-degree angle. Pull the trigger and allow the brad nail to sink in. If the brad nailer works properly, it is ready for use.

The device uses a powerful pneumatic force to blast the nails into the wood. Always be careful when handling this tool.