How to Drive Masonry Nails

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How to Drive Masonry Nails
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Driving masonry nails used to be a job requiring the muscles of a blacksmith, a substantial single-hand sledgehammer and a marksman's aim, to hit the nail squarely on its head and to drive the nail straight into the mortar between bricks or into cement. Today, however, with hammer-operated masonry nail guns or masonry nail guns fired by a powder charge, basically, a blank shotgun shell, people of any stature, with or without bulging muscles can promptly set masonry nails--even though they still have to go into the mortar.

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Things you need

  • Heavy-duty cordless hammer drill driver

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  1. 1

    Pull the release lever above the drill driver's barrel to open the nail slot.

  2. 2

    Put the nail strip in the gun--the "heads" of the nails go in first.

  3. 3

    Push the release lever down to lock the nails inside.

  4. 4

    Place the tip of the gun on the mortar exactly where you want the masonry nail. Pull the trigger.

Tips and warnings

  • The alternative is a masonry nail and a 0.907kg. sledgehammer. Hit the nail hard and straight with the hammer.
  • Masonry nails should be set in the mortar or cement, not directly into tile brick (which they will crack). If it's necessary to set a masonry nail into brick or tile, drill a hole and set a masonry screw.
  • Evacuate everyone from the working area. Put on safety glasses before using the gun.

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