Think about a situation where your nail gun not shooting nails or leaking air, what you will do at first? You might be thinking of going to a nail gun repair shop or showing an expert. But why go to a repair shop when the majority of the time the problem you can fix on your own.
A nail gun is a heavy-duty daily tool. So arising some problems from a nail gun is usual. Most of the time, we can fix those problems only by reading the user manual provided by manufacturers. If you are too lazy finding your nail gun’s user manuals, we just came up with some common problems and possible solutions for your nailer.
What to do If Your Nail Gun Jammed?
Removing jammed nail is an easy task for nailers that have a quick jam release mechanism. Almost 90% of the nailers in the market support quick jam release.
For releasing jam, the first and foremost thing you need to do is turning off the air supply. If you are using a pneumatic nailer, you need to disconnect the nailer from the air supply and for cordless tool remove the battery.
Then, release the magazine by using the push button. After that, above the shooting nose, you will find a latch, release the latch, and then open the front cap, and you will find the jammed dislocated nail. Now remove the nail, and you are good to go.
But, if you are using a nailer which doesn’t have a quick jam release, you have to go for a wrench then. Most of the nailer comes with the perfect sized wrench for removing jam. You will find an opening on the head of the magazine. You need to manually open the magazines head and remove the blocked nail. Then place the screws again to close the magazine.
Frequent nail jamming
If your nail gun keeps jamming frequently, the problem might be different, and the problem is not always the same. The common problem is using the wrong sized or damaged fasteners. And that can be easily solved by the jam release mechanism.
Loosed magazine screws can also arise a jamming problem. That is why it is better to tighten your nail gun screws in every month. A damaged piston blade can also be a cause for this problem. If that is the reason, you should replace the piston blade as soon as possible. And piston blade is available in the market for almost every modeled nailer.
Things to do If Your Nail Gun Shooting Blanks
Most of the time, this problem happens because of not cleaning the nail gun properly every time after using it. So cleaning the nailer properly especially the air passage area, the hose, and air compressor fittings may solve the problem.
If that doesn’t bring the solution, there is a good possibility that the O ring is responsible for the problem. O ring creates the seal between the cylinder and the piston. So if o ring is broke or damaged, the nail gun won't shoot nails.
If that happened, you need to replace and oil the o ring. A word of suggestion is, not to change the o ring on your own because you have to open your nail gun apart for changing it. You can go to a repair shop rather than try it on your own.
The last case for this issue can be the damage of spring, which pushes the pin. If that occurs, you have to change the spring by the hand of an expert.
Possible Solutions for Nail Gun Leaking Air
Air leakage is a common problem for pneumatic tools. If a nail gun leaks air, the first thing you need to do is the air hose and the connection between the air compressor and nail gun. If the air is leaking from there, you should change the component where the air leaks.
The problem also arises from the loosening screw or damaged cylinder cap or because of the o ring. In the case of a cylinder cap and o ring, you have to change those as soon as possible.
If the air is leaking from the trigger area, there is a high chance that the trigger valve is damaged. In that case, you need to change and replace the air valve.
Nail Gun Having Power Loss
If your nail gun nails not going all the way in that might be because of the power loss. Power loss can happen because of leaking air in the nail gun, which is discussed before. It can also occur because of insufficient oiling. That is why oiling your nail gun is important.
Sometimes using air pressure below the recommended level is also responsible for this issue. So if you can’t find the proper solution for this problem, try adjusting your air pressure several times. A lot of time damaged shooting spring also plays behind the bar for this type of issue.
If you are facing a reverse case or if your nail gun shoots nail too deep, that can happen because of using too high air pressure.
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To conclude, a nail gun is a tool that we use daily, so arising issues with a power tool is common. But it is not always necessary to run behind a repair shop for solving that problem, which also comes with additional cost. So I hope this nail gun troubleshooting guide will help you to decide if you need an expert to solve your problem or not.