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#1 posted 01-26-2018 11:53 PM

I was installing some trim on a dvd shelf I am working on and I had 2 brad nails go wonky on me and punch through the birch veneer on the plywood. I was careful to line my gun up properly so that the chiseled tip of the nail had plenty of room to veer off, but it still happened. How can I fix this? One of them is not so bad, but the other was quite obvious. I tried pulling the trim away, but the other nails were holding it in place too well and I was afraid of scuffing things up. Any tips are appreciated, thank you.

- IantheTinker

You never answered what gauge this was, but since others have been giving 23 ga advice, I’ll add that I found that lowering the pressure to 60 to 70 psi helps 23 ga pins from going bonkers.

Before someone tries to claim that pins can’t be driven into hardwood at that pressure (some claim they can’t at all…lol), I’ll just say that I’ve driven 1-3/8” 23 ga pins into ipe at that pressure with consistent success.

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