Yeah Joe. :thumbsup:This thread is soooo 70's!
There is a learning curve to ANY TOOL...hand tool, or power tool.
Think about it. Don't most carps hit their finger's now & then when first learning to use a hammer? The same applies to power tools, but the danger factor is increased. The learning curve applies to every aspect of using air tools...the compressors, hoses, regulators, couplers, & overall maintanance. Having all new stuff is fairly simple, but that only lasts so long, & that's where the complications set in. Maintainence, tool knowledge, & safety practice is the key to efficient use of air tools.
As far as sloppy shooting, I always threatened to charge my guys for wasted nails. They usually don't understand the cost per shot. Ask them if they have a quarter you can borrow, & then see how far you can throw it! Call them out, put a number on it. Once guy understand that they are shooting money into the lumber, they are usually more careful. Refer to careless sloppy shooting as "shotgunning"...it gets the point across.
Even Norm Abrams eventually saw the ways of the nail gun!
It's a no brainer.
Every tool has to be learned. I made mistakes when I first began to use guns, but generally, as with any tool, I had to learn it's idiosycrosis.
Once I learned the gun, I was able to begin to learn to master the gun. And, the mistakes went down exponentially.
It's like working with a hammer...first you learn it, then it becomes and extension of your arm.