How to use a Nail Gun- A Video Tutorial (sort of)

First off, I wanna thank you from the bottom of my heart for leaving me such sweet messages about my Grandpa.┬áJust having you to “talk to”/”listen to” has definitely made the whole process easier to deal with, and I appreciate your kindness during this super tough time.

Kevin’s been amazing too. I feel very blessed to have him in my life.

He (and I!) appreciated the comments you left on the post he wrote so much. Thank you for making him feel so welcome!

In honor of my Grandpa, the builder, Kev and I worked together on one of the walls in our bedroom this week. It felt good to get my hands dirty again, and I enjoyed telling Kevin about some of the times my Grandpa worked on stuff around our farm. (Whether my parents wanted him to or not!)

First up on our agenda was to learn how to use our fancy-schmancy new nail gun. The directions read sorta like hieroglyphics, but we eventually managed to figure it out. I think.

Well, I’ll let Kevin explain…

(Here’s a link to the YouTube version.)

Since we shot that video, (On our old video camera, by the way. Sorry for the crappy quality!) we’ve successfully clad one entire wall with 1×6 MDF boards. It was really dark and rainy out today though, so I didn’t snap any photos. Hopefully it’ll be a little brighter tomorrow, so I can get in there and capture some shots of our progress. It looks sort of like this…

Minus the wood beamed ceiling. However….I have been wanting to do something extra special up there….hmmmm…..

MDF from True Value in the house!
Remembering Richard & Re-Trimming Windows

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  1. Martha says

    So sorry for your loss, Layla.

    My husband gave me a nail gun for Christmas 2 years ago and I love it!! We already had an air compressor but I had no experience with it. So I am “self-taught” too and have not had any problems using it. Don’t be afraid!!

    Quick question for you. My nailer handles 18 guage brads only. Did your set come with 2 guns so you can use different size nails?

  2. Kelly says

    Hey Kevin and Layla….first off, I’m very sorry for the loss of your grandpa. Keep him alive in your memories and he’ll always be near your heart.

    Also, just wanted to say I love that you guys are so new to all this renovation stuff and not afraid to just jump in to get things started. Great job on everything we’ve seen so far…I stop in dailly just to see what new project you guys are going to start because I just never know when something I see is going to inspire me to do something like it in my own home, or at least for my husband to do it. Ha Ha!

    And, I have to say I LOVE your new fall mantel….it screams out to me to do something like it myself. I’m thinking though, How warm and cozy would it be to use those flameless candles up there and not have to worry about the jute catching on fire! I think I’m going to get started this weekend gathering as much stuff I can to copy your mantel…..I may just even email you a picture to see how close I was able to get! Thanks so much for the inspiration, not just the mantel but everything you guys set out to do!

  3. Patti says

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Grandpa, Layla. It’s so sad to lose a family member, they’re so precious! My heart goes out to you today.

    Kevin, I love the tutorial, even though hubs is my Mr. Fix-it, I appreciate knowing for myself how these things work. And your accent is truly adorable! (I’m in NYC, so I don’t hear much of the southern style ’round here). Love you two and keep up the good work guys!

    P.S.: I purchased your e-book Layla and I have to tell you I love it! The part about how to layout a room was especially useful for me (among many other things in there) … I had never considered that before, so thank you!

  4. Linda says

    Lyla, Im sending you my deepest regrets of the loss of your Gramps. They are such an important part of our lives are Grandfathers. I have been with out mine for sometime now and there is not a day that goes by that hes not there inside of me.
    Take care,

  5. karen says

    I remember when I first got my compressor — it was pretty darn nervewracking until I got used to the sound of it. Especially when you’re busy working, mind focused on your project and then BAM, it kicks back on. Hoe-ley Cow!!

    I leave the release valve open after emptying it so I don’t accidentally trap any air or moisture inside. A rusty compressor is not a good thing!!!

  6. says

    I can see why the nail gun scared you. My dog goes into apoplectic fits when power tools are turned on. I think I will show her your video and maybe after she understands it all she’ll calm down.

  7. says

    Layla..So sorry to hear about your Grandpa…I pray the Lord comforts you and your family.

    Thank you Kevin for the great explanation about the nail gun…I’m no longer confused about getting one.

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