There is a contractor for every phase of construction, including the masonry. Masons work with concrete, stone and block. They also build brick walls and fireplaces. For every trade, there is a required list of tools. Masons use grinders, squares, levels, trowels, hammers and masonry nailers. Tools come with special instructions; a mason's nail gun is no exception. If you are planning on doing some concrete work of your own, read on to discover just how this tool of the mason's trade is used.
Things You'll Need
- Masonry nailer
- Masonry nails
- Mason's hammer
Choose concrete or masonry nails when working with concrete. Concrete nails are stronger and heavier than common nails and tightly hold wood to concrete. Using any other type of nail would cause the nail to bend or break. It takes a hard nail to penetrate a hard surface.
Drive your concrete nails into concrete using a 20-ounce mason's hammer and a lot of strength. A mason's hammer is different from other contractor's hammers. Concrete hammers must be bigger and bolder in order to drive concrete nails into concrete. But be careful--once the nails are in the concrete, they are extremely difficult to remove.
Put a concrete or masonry nail through wood and into concrete by using an electric power drill. Drill a hole through the wood. Change the drill bit on the power drill to a masonry bit.
Drill a hole through the concrete. The hole must be smaller than the nail shank. Place a metal anchor inside the hole and push it through the wood with a screwdriver until it is in the concrete.
Insert the concrete nail into the wood and tap it gently into place. Pound the nail with a hammer into the anchor until the anchor spreads out and grips the hole.
Use an air masonry nailer when nailing into concrete. Open the magazine latch and pull open the magazine cover. Insert a stick of fasteners or nails into the magazine facing forward.
Close the cover and secure the latch. Connect the masonry nailer to your air supply hose or compressor. Set the air pressure to between 70psi and 100psi and pull the trigger.
Install a concrete nail by using a power-actuated gun. Load the masonry nailer with nails and the power load. Pull the trigger to operate. The power load forces the nail out of the gun and into wood or other material and then on into the concrete. Power actuated guns are more dangerous than other nail guns, so be careful when using.
Tips & Warnings
- Keep your masonry nailer lubricated.
- Ensure that your workpiece is firmly secured so both hands are freed up for controlling the masonry nailer.
- Always wear safety goggles or glasses when working with a masonry nailer or any other air tool.
- Make sure your machines are off when changing air supplies, blades or discs.
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