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Specialty Air Nailers

Some air-powered nailers are designed to simply drive nails, while others have a more specific purpose.

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Step 1: Nail Down Roofing

The roofing nailer (Image 1) drives nails through shingles and other roofing materials and holds the nails in a coil (Image 2). Its trigger remains depressed during operation: the firing action is triggered by depressing the foot.

Step 2: Pick up on the Plasti-Tacker from Hitachi

The Plasti-Tacker from Hitachi (Image 1) shoots nails and plastic washers simultaneously. It's used for attaching house wrap, roofing felt and insulation siding. It drives a small nail followed by a plastic cap that ensures that the nail holds the material in place without completely penetrating it (Image 2).

Step 3: Get a Feel for the Palm Nailer

The palm nailer is useful for driving nails in tight corners. It takes a few shots to drive a nail completely, so the user can control how deeply the nail is driven.

palm nailer used for driving nails in tight spaces

Step 4: Learn all the Angles

The angled finish nailer drives 16-gauge finish nails at an angle. Its angled body permits the user to work in tight spaces such as the crevices of crown molding. This nailer has a rubber foot that will not mar the work piece.

angle finish nailer used on crown molding crevices

Step 5: Get a Burst of Power

The internal-combustion nailer gets its power from a fuel-cell engine rather than an air compressor. Depressing its foot creates an electrical charge to fire the nails. This nailer drives 15-gauge nails at an angle.

internal combustion nailer gives burst of power