A nail gun, a powerful tool that has made manual hammering and screwdriving obsolete, is a go-to device for installing wooden frame buildings, roofs, trim, and more. It is used in a variety of other construction applications too, including concrete forming, metal fabrication, and pipefitting. This tool — commonly referred to as a nailer — packs a punch and is able to drive nails into different types of materials with just the press of a trigger.
Nail guns can vary in power source, from common pressurized air types all the way through to green-friendly battery and combustible gas powered variants. The most popular model is the pneumatic one, which runs through the force of compressed air; while cordless models capitalize on battery power, and gas-powered nail guns use an innovative combination of combustible fuel such as propane to drive nails into surfaces.
Working with a nail gun can cause great harm if care is not taken. Wood surfaces and other solid objects may send nails flying off in unforeseen directions, potentially creating serious injury. Therefore, when wielding a nail gun, make sure to equip yourself with reliable safety glasses.