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#1 posted 01-27-2018 04:21 AM

Just for the record, hold the gun in the correct orientation done not guarantee you ll never experience a blowout.

- AlaskaGuy

I’ve never had an 18 ga brad nailer “blow out” in the sense that the brad did anything but go straight where I aimed it. When I first got my 23 ga pin nailer, those babies went all over the place. I even had them make a u-turn and come straight back through the surface I shot them into. Such a tight curve that the material I was trying to nail to didn’t even get touched.

The first thing I figured out was the lower pressure I mentioned above, but after posting a request for help on here, I got the real scoop. That was that the double chisel point on the pin meant that the pin would either veer right or left, so it’s best to keep that in mind when you are nailing near an edge.

I should add to that the fact that it seemed to be exacerbated when the gun was inline with the wood grain, meaning the chisel point on the pin was at the mercy of the grain. Keeping it perpendicular to the grain means the pin is slicing the grain, not running with it, and I’ve seen a 95% improvement as a result.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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