How To Use A Framing Nailer

  • By: Monica Shulz

In this this demo, I’m going to show you a good way to skew fix with a nail gun. In this case, we’re going to nail the wood joint down through the side and we’re going to skew it into position.

To use a framing nailer, you need to fire the nail in 45 degrees angle. Also, you don’t want it to be too close or too far from the joints. If you launch the nail to close, it won’t give sufficient grip through the wood. If you nail it to far, the nail will not reach another wood block you wish to connect.

I will show you how that works and how to get the best possible tricks even when using the nail guns.


In this case, we’re using 75 mil gun nails. The ideal fixing is that, you’ve got about half of the nail into one of the timbers and half the nail into the other timber. You are going to give you half fixings and then we’ll come back on the other side and we’ll do half fittings as well so that the nail skewing in will act as a bit of a grip.  We’ll do that all the way down through there. You want it be in about a 45-degree angle. You don’t to be too far back. It is because the nail’s not going to get any fixing. You don’t want it to be too close because otherwise, it’s not going to grip into the timber that you’re fixing into the opposing piece.


On the example we’ve shown in the video, the timbers where the nails hanging out is about exactly where I showed you before. That’s going to give us half fixing both sides. Therefore, I finished nailing this off and then I’ll show you some examples of what you should and shouldn’t do.

Do and Don’ts 

You obviously shouldn’t have the gun too steep because what’s going to happen is that, the nail will skew off and it won’t bite into the timber if you have it too shallow. it’s actually going to pop out the back and it won’t actually fix in as well. So, you’ll either end up going something like that and then the nail might pop out the back will end up you know going something like that and you won’t have enough fixing in there.

When it finished, I’ve got six nails on that side and I’ve got the same down the other side.

Now, I’ll show you other things you shouldn’t do. Let’s see what’s going to happen if you have the nail too steep and you fire it. The nail pops the other back of the timber that’s obviously what we don’t want. Therefore, the ideal fixing is on 45-degrees and back probably about 20 or 30 millimeters from the edge. It is going to ensure that you’ve got a nice solid fixing from both ends.

Now that we’ve got six down through there on both sides skewed in nice and tight, the next step would be obviously calling these a bunch of nails out and then we’re going to put a boot over there or a joist thing up. That’s also going to help tie the two pieces of timber in a nicer solid.

In the video, you will see my square line left plumb the other timber. That’s where we want to shoot this timber against. We wanted to line up with that. You hammer and tap it across, so that you actually on the model.

Now, what you’ll find with the fixing gun, when you actually nail, it will pull the timber across. Therefore, you probably want to just be a fraction off this line and I’ll show you why in a sec. Now, if I shoot this from the back of the timber, you’ll see it actually pull the cross onto the line here a bit

You can see that’s now on the line. You can use the gun delivery twin your fire to pull it across, have a look down below as well. Again, you can see that’s probably about a mil and a half two millimeters off the line when I shoot this from the back on a 45-degree angle. It should pull it across a bit. It’s now pretty good. If not, just do a little bit of a tap on the nail and you move it across a bit more.

Alright, that’s how you use a framing gun and how to get good solid skewed feces

What Type Of Nail Gun Do I Need For Framing?

You can use any framing gun but we recommend you to use gun shooter that shoots 3 ½ inch nail

What Size Nails Should I Use For Framing?

The ideal one is 3 ½ inch nails. These are usually called 16-d or 16-penny nails. This type of nail is the best for framing work since it has sufficient grip through the woods and matches the framing nailer perfectly.

What Degree Framing Nailer Is Best?

You want it to be in about a 45-degree angle. you don’t have to be too far back because the nail’s not going to get any fixing. You don’t want it to be too close because otherwise, it’s not going to grip into the timber that you’re fixing into the opposing piece

Can You Use a Framing Nailer For Finishing?

Unfortunately, it won’t be a good choice. This is because the finishing nailer shoots a shorter nail (1-2 ½ inches) than the framing gun. Using a finishing nailer for framing work will not give you sufficient grip in the woods since the nail is shorter.

Are Screws Better Than Nails For Fencing?

Screw can secure the fence better than nails. However, if you want a faster process, then you can use nail to install the fence. Keep in mind that nails are more likely to lose over time compared to the screw.


To use framing nailer, you have to shoot it with the right angle. In this case, 45-degree is ideal. Keep in mind that framing nailer is not suitable for finishing work. You can also follow their website renovationjunkies here. And also subscribe to their channel from here.