Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Pemberton Twp. NJ.
Model: GL1500 SE
No, the guy wasn't fired. He was a friend and the guy in charge was my Brother in law and we were doing the work for a relative so it was all free work anyway. And the nail may not have been a 16, It was 20 years ago and I am not a carpenter, I am a mechanic. I have a Porter-Cable and I have tried the nail shooting by holding the plunger and shooting 2 1/2 inch nails at heavy cardboard. It will do some damage out to 25-30 feet but the nail is not exactly a precision projectile. Every shot it hit a different way. Only once did it stick in and that was on an angle. Now, distance wise, I shot a nail into the woods 200 feet away using Kentucky windage. All of my nail guns will bump fire with only one trigger. The Porter Cable is only about 10 years old so if anything it would be the one with double safeties on it but none. All I have to do is hold the trigger and smack the nose of the gun against the board. That can be dangerous if you don't pull back fast enough since you might get a double shot and when the second nail hits the first it can ricochet.
I remember the Hilti guns when they first came out. You had to get a license to use the gun! The purple charge was the one used for steel beams. I would NOT try firing one of those into the air!!!!!! I saw a guy come into the hospital who had used the steel charge to shoot a nail into a 2x4 on a concrete floor. Blew the floor apart like a shooting a 30-06 directly into a concrete block. Back then eye protection was not thought about all that much but luckily this guy wore glasses and he had on the protective type as his prescription. I was on the emergency squad at the time and we stopped by the construction site on the way back to the station to see what had happened. It was impressive to say the least. Totally splintered the board and blew a hole 4" deep and probably 8" around in the floor. His injuries were all minor cuts and small pieces of concrete to be removed from his arms and face.