A. Framing contractor Michael Davis responds: I thought I knew a thing or two about working in cold weather until I went to build condominiums on Colorado's Western Slope, with morning temperatures of 6° or 7°F and highs in the 20s. Everything is frozen solid, even the lumber, which is 19% moisture. Cutting a board results in a shower of ice crystals and frozen wood particles, and hitting your finger with a hammer at those temperatures is definitely something you want to avoid.

Keeping air nailers working under those conditions is a challenge, because compressed air contains moisture. But there are things you can do.

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