I love my Paslode angle nailer. It makes short work putting in the quarter-round molding along my baseboards. I was just a couple of feet from finishing the installation of the molding I had refinished for one wall when it quit working. The battery hadn’t been charged for about a year so I put it into the charger. It still didn’t work after letting it charge. I checked for jammed nails, nothing. Oh, oh, that meant it must be the fuel cell. I remembered having problems installing it before. I rummaged through the drawer where I keep the Paslode nails, charger, etc and found one fuel cell can. It didn’t look used but the date on the bottom said to use by 2004. Well, what difference would 6 years make with canned gas? My problem has been putting the little top on the cylinder and then putting in the nail gun. I had one shot at this because I only had one can. I pushed the cap on the can and to my surprise (but a similar recollection came to mind from the last time I replaced the fuel cell) the can sprayed an explosive spray of ice cold gas and practically froze my fingers. Well, dang it! The cylinder emptied before I could get the cap back off. I looked at the fuel-cell can and saw there was instruction there. You push the nozzle side down first and then push down on the other side and it will snap down. I did it opposite and I’m sure that is why it blew out of the nozzle. But the can was still good even 6 years past the use-by date (had I not installed it wrong) and that’s good to know.
There was a tornado watch issued but I needed another fuel cell to finish the job. I looked at the sky and it wasn’t too bad so I drove to Lowes up on Peach. The walk from the parking lot into Lowes was wonderful. It was warm and the wind was blowing. I found fuel cells made for my Paslode nailer and a $30 digital thermostat, a couple of chip brushes for a new project I started (stripping doors) a pack of sandpaper, and some shellac sealer. $100! Whoa, let me look at that receipt. It turns out 4 little cans (about 4 inches high) of that gas (I believe it is butane) was $27. I just couldn’t believe it could cost that much. And I had just wasted a whole can installing it wrong. Each can will last for about 1200 nails. There are 4 cans in the box. With 3 cans still left I’m sure they will be around still until 2016 because who uses that many nails? I wish they would sell those individually at the box stores because it is a lot of money when you only need one can.
By the time I left the store there was torrential rain and the strong winds drove the water through my clothes to the skin. I never loaded my car so fast before. By the time got in I was absolutely soaked with rain dripping off my soaked head, and I couldn’t see out of my glasses. It was hard to believe the weather could change in that short of time. That’s Erie.
I followed the instructions carefully and installed the fuel cell successfully this time and sure enough, my nailer worked again and I finished up the job. I love that nailer even though it sounds like a gun blast causing my cats to go scrambling for cover.
- I’m hoping to have the last coat of Waterlox on the floor by Friday and hopefully this time the sheen will match the rest of the floor.
- We took the upstairs landing door off and I have started stripping it. The finish was pretty awful. I’ll be stripping the door jam, too. I’ll be so glad when that is done.