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Forum topic by Eric posted 07-18-2011 03:24 PM 17645 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-18-2011 03:24 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pneumatic nailer storage

Over the past few years I have accumulated several used nailers. Some of my best finds were a Porter Cable 18g brad nailer for $5 at a garage sale and a 16g Bostitch finish nailer online for $36!

Anyway, none of my nailers came with cases. How do you store your nailers outside of a case? Do you toss them in a drawer? Do you hang them upside down…right side up…does this even matter in terms of keeping the tool lubed? What do you do?

-- Eric

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#1 posted 07-18-2011 07:40 PM

I have the same problem here. And I have no solution as yet.

-- Ray

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#2 posted 07-18-2011 07:54 PM

A couple years ago I had a major portion of my roof recovered. Obviously the roofers were using nailers, which put up quite a racket since they did the job on a weekend when I was home. About noontime, I noticed a definite decrease in sound, and also heard what I thought was a hammer. I went up on the roof, and sure enough, there lay two guns down for the count. I told them let me have the guns. I took them into my shop and it was obvious they had been living in the back of a pickup truck and had not seen oil for ages. I removed the heads, cleaned all the shingle dust and rock from all places, put 3-in-one oil on the heads and two three drops down each air coupling, and fired them up on my own air compressor. They both worked perfectly. I took them back up on the roof where I was met by three very grateful roofers who made sure there no nails in my yard before they left!
Moral of the story – no matter where you keep your nailers, if they stay reasonably dry, and you keep them reasonably oiled, it’s not a big deal.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#3 posted 07-18-2011 08:04 PM

It’s a good idea to put caps on the air fittings so excessive dust
doesn’t get in too much.

Definitely only use nailer oil in nailers. Regular air tool oil has
detergents in it that destroys the sensitive o-rings in nailers.

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#4 posted 07-18-2011 08:12 PM

Back into the box each time for my newer dewalt 18 v nailer but the other ones mainly bostitch hang from the wall bracket I made from a satelite dish bracket. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#5 posted 07-18-2011 08:13 PM

I got my PC 18g brad nailer from the trash. No, it didn’t work. I took it apart, cleaned it, oiled it, and put it back together. It’s worked fine ever since. I lube the inlet when I use it(if it is convenient). I keep it in a drawer. I should find or make a cap for the inlet. Maybe I’ll make a wooden case for it one day.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#6 posted 07-18-2011 08:21 PM

I do what Loren said, gun oil, not oil for your impact or sander. Plus I hang them upside down on a wall. And doesn’t hurt to get them out every six months or so and shoot a few nails through them too. Some of my old framing guns and coil nailer don’t see much use these days.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#7 posted 07-18-2011 08:50 PM

Ha! The trash! That is great. Who in their rght mind would throw out a Porter Cable?!? I like the cap idea. My pinner has a cap but none of the others do. I think I will buy a few caps.

-- Eric

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#8 posted 07-19-2011 04:44 AM

Go to my project titled “I hate those plastic cases” for the nail gun storage solution. I love mine!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 07-19-2011 05:36 AM

Baby Bungees are about 25 cents or so. Hang them anywhere… pegboard, nail, screw, etc. Never had one fail.

The cap was put there for a reason. Good advice.

I also use the baby bungees to bundle small trim together (base cap, scribe, cove, screen bead, stop, mullion, etc.)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#10 posted 07-22-2011 08:20 PM

i put the cap on the air fitting, back in the bag it came in, back in the box it came in, and into a drawer.

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#11 posted 07-22-2011 08:44 PM

I store all my finish nail guns in a zippered softsided case I got from Bucket Boss. My framing nailer (Porter Cable) stays in the plastic case it came in. The framing nailer on our rescue truck stays in the same softsided case from Bucket Boss.

Framing nails go into surplus Army ammo cans. The .50 caliber size. Each will hold about two boxes of framing nails available at the big box stores. The ammo boxes are painted different colors and marked with the nails inside.

Finish nails go in heavy duty, clear plastic divided cases, available at sporting goods stores. Each is marked on the lid as to what nail is in each compartment.

Firearms oil is all I use. No gunk, easy on seals, o-rings, etc.

I use rubber fingertips, available at office supply stores, to cover the quick connects. These things are what mail sorters use on their finger tips to more easily sort paper.

All told, it’s easy for me to store my guns out of the dust, easy to load them if I am going to work outside my shop, and easy to find (and keep inventory of) the nails. Works for me!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#12 posted 07-23-2011 05:20 AM

I have quite a few Bostitch nailers. I always take them out of the boxs and just hang them on hooks on pegboard (see them in my workshop gallery.) Like Loren said, I try to either cap the air intakes so dust doesnt get in them, or I hang them so the air intake is down. I also test fire them into some scrap wood every now and then so the gaskets stay lubricated.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#13 posted 05-19-2012 06:01 PM

Here’s what I made to solve this problem. It wasnt very difficult. I bent a piece of sheet metal i purchased at Lowes into a channel, and mounted the female air couplers. This is a prototype, but I plan to build several more for friends.


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Jack Barnhill

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#14 posted 05-19-2012 06:49 PM

Interesting idea. I like the concept. How did you mount the female air couplers?

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#15 posted 05-19-2012 08:16 PM

I store mine in the plastic cases which they came. The others without plastic cases are stored in a “zipped” tool bag.

-- Carl in SC

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