A framing nailer is a type nail gun is a type of tool used to drive nails into wood or some other kind of material.
The framing nailer is typically used in framing rooms, closets and other structures.
Electromagnetism, compressed air, gases such as butane or propane, or, for powder-actuated tools, a small explosive charge, usually drive the nail gun. Most framing nailers are driven by compressed air.
Framing Nailers do not use individual nails. Instead, the nails are mounted in long strips (similar to a stick of staples) or in a plastic carrier coil, depending on the design of the nail gun.
Some strip nailers use a clipped head so the nails can be placed closer together, which necessitates less frequent reloading. Nail guns vary in the length and gauge (thickness) of nails they can drive.
Framing nailers have many advantages over hammers as they quickly and repeatedly drive the fastener and consistently set the nail head at, or below, the surface.
Nearly 37,000 people every year go to emergency rooms with injuries from framing nailers. Forty percent of those injuries occur to consumers. Nail gun injuries have tripled from 1991 to 2005. A recent survey shows that foot and hand injuries are among the most common.
As with all power tools, be sure to use caution when using your framing nailer and follow the manufacturer’s instructions and safety precautions!