Compressed air, gas, electromagnetism, or spring can be used to power nailers and staplers. For reliable, quick fastening of materials, strips or coils of material is put into the staplers and nails.
These instruments either use one of two trigger mechanisms:
- By keeping the tool’s nose pressed against the surface and pulling the trigger, contact trip (or continuous firing) enables the user to “bump fire” the nails or staples. This capability is fantastic for production-type tasks (such as shingling a roof). It takes some getting used to this “bump nailing” method because if the user is slow to lift the tool, it can easily drive two fasteners. Additionally, unintentional nail discharge or ricochaet might occur as a result of accidental touch.
- When shooting sequentially (or intermittently), the operator must first place the gun’s snout on the surface being nailed before pulling the trigger. The operator lifts the tool, lets off of the trigger, and then repeats the procedure above to drive a second nail. The safest of the two mechanisms is this one.
The user can choose the trigger that is best for the work at hand because more and more nailers now come with both triggers. The same propulsion principles are used by nailers and staplers.
Squeezing the trigger of some specialist equipment, such as an upholstery stapler, causes the staple to be fired, exactly like a regular hand stapler.
A mallet or hammer is needed to strike the firing pad on a flooring stapler and insert the staple.
Types of Refills
There are two types of nail and staple refills:
- A nail strip may be loaded quickly and easily. Simply insert the strip into the magazine of the stapler or nail gun.
- Depending on the type of nail, a strip can be 20 to 40 for framing nails and up to 120 for pin nails.
- The housing of the tool is more slim than a coil nail gun. In small spaces, a strip nailer is preferable.
- For refills, the coil needs to be threaded, which adds a little extra time and handling.
- Between 120 and 300 fasteners can be stored in the coil canister. Strip nailers require more frequent reloading than coil nailers.
- The tool becomes heavier and hence a bit more awkward as there are more nails in it.