Whether you spend your days installing roofs, siding, or doing general carpentry, a nail gun is an important tool in your arsenal. Properly caring for your nail gun and the compressor is vital to ensure it works properly when you need it most. The following tips can help you maintain your nail gun and compressor for maximum usage and life expectancy.
Tip #1: Watch for Condensation
A commonly overlooked problem is that condensation builds up in compressors. This is just a natural byproduct of building up air pressure via the motor. Your compressor should have a drainage valve on the exterior that is purpose-built for draining off the condensation. If it isn't readily apparent, refer to the user's manual for your model. Drain off the condensation after each use or at the end of every work day, otherwise the tank may develop rust. You also don't want condensation to be forced into the hose of your nail gun, since this can cause it to malfunction.
Tip #2: Daily Safety Checks
There are three key components that you should start off your work day with inspecting:
- The trigger guard or other trigger safety feature
- The hose and connections
- The lubrication of the moving parts
The safety trigger is different depending on each model. Some may have a guard you have to push aside to pull the trigger, while others will have a safety button that has to be depressed before the trigger can be pulled. Verify that these are working smoothly and have not been removed. If there are issues, you will need to have the gun serviced.
The hose shouldn't have any signs of damage, such as worn areas or punctures. The seals should be tight with no visible cracking or leaks. The seals and o-rings that connect the hose to the gun do have a limited lifespan, so keep spares on hand so you can replace them if you notice a leak.
As for lubrication, you will need to use a pneumatic tool lubricant. Apply it to the moving parts inside the nail gun, wiping off the excess with a rag.
Tip #3: Store It Properly
Don't just toss the gun on your work bench or into the back of the truck at the end of the day. For mobile operations, the best place to store the nail gun is in its case. Hoses should be coiled and stored in a case to prevent punctures, and compressors should be turned off and bled of all air pressure. For shop use, you can hang nail guns and hoses on a wall storage board. Another option is to get a compressor cart. These carts make it easy to wheel your compressor around the shop, and they also provide storage compartments for your nail guns and hoses so you don't have to worry about damage.
Contact companies like Bourget Bros Building Materials for more information.