April 11, 2007

How Nail Guns Work

hitachi_finish_gun.jpgIf someone asked you to describe how your nail gun works, what would you say? Probably something along the lines of, “you see, there’s air that, like, comes in this hose and it’s under a lot of pressure and it, like, pushes the nail out, right?” Well, thanks to Tom Harris over at howstuffworks.com, those days of sounding like a boob are over. Harris is the author of a fascinating article called, How Nail Guns Work.

The article covers a wide variety of nail guns including pneumatic, electric, and combustion. For each type of gun, Harris gives an overall description of how it fires and then a step by step breakdown of what exactly happens when the trigger is pulled. Each description is accompanied by a cool little interactive schematic where you can fire the gun by clicking on the trigger. It’s pretty captivating, even if it does have that “children’s museum” feel to it.

It’s a good article and worth at least a few moments of your time. Read it here.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at April 11, 2007 9:02 PM

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