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Published: 19/06/2024

How To Use A Nail Gun With An Air Compressor

An air compressor is the power source for pneumatic tools. It’s a versatile piece of equipment that can be used for a variety of needs. When attached to a nail gun, it’s the compressor that gives the nail gun its power. It’s called a power tool for a good reason!

We’ve compiled a step-by-step guide to help you learn how to use a nail gun with an air compressor. 

What sort of nail gun do I need?

It depends on what work you’re doing to figure out which nail gun to use. Different nail guns have different purposes so it’s important you research what is most commonly used for the sort of work you’re using it for.

You might opt for a cordless nail gun, powered by a rechargeable battery. There’s also a long list of nail guns to choose from whether you choose cordless or not. There are framing nailers for rough woodwork, pin nailers for precise work like carpentry, brad nailers for delicate materials (as the nails are shorter), or finishing nailers for jobs where the nails are visible (and will create a cleaner look).

So, once you’ve chosen your nail gun, how do you actually use it with an air compressor?

How to use an air compressor nail gun


  1. Connect the air compressor to the nail gun. You can do this by attaching an air hose to the compressor’s outlet port and the nail gun’s input port. It’s important that the connection is secure. Check this by feeling if there’s any air being released at the air hose connections. If there’s a leak, you’ll feel the air.
  2. Check the nail gun’s required pressure per square inch (PSI) and set the pressure to the correct PSI. Adjusting the pressure of your air tool is important because it ensures that it’s working at the correct pressure to work at optimal performance. 

If you don’t know how to set or adjust the pressure of your air compressor, you can read our guide on how to set the PSI here (June blog).

  1. Load the nail gun with nails.
  2. Carefully position the nail gun where you want to insert a nail, press firmly, and pull back the trigger for the nail to eject. Continue this as required.
  3. If any of the nails jam and get stuck in the gun, disconnect the nail gun from the compressor.
  4. Once you’ve completed your work, disconnect the air hose from the nail gun and air compressor.

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