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How to not shoot yourself with a nail gun.

How to not shoot yourself with a nail gun.

This Old House has a grisly gallery of x-rays of poor victims who shot or were shot with nail guns. General Contractor God Tom Silva gives his recommendations on how-NOT-to wind up with a nail in your hand...or head. The top six safety rules are as follows:

1. Avoid itchy trigger finger.

2.Choose the safest model.

3. Get the right gear.

4. Watch out where you’re pointing.

5. Don’t get hooked. (As in watch out for fish-hooking nails.)

6. Unplug.

Think these are obvious safety rules? Apparently not, as approximately 14,800 nonprofessionals are injured in nail gun accidents per year. For detailed explanations of Tom’s tips, check out TOH.

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