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Dewalt D51844 Round Head Nailer Magazine Cap Assembly

I had to remove the Magazine Cap on my nailer to get a trapped nail out of the gun. I pulled the pin and the locking lever and spring came out and I do not know how they go back together. Do you have a diagram or can you tell me which way the spring and lever go in.


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Send email to dewalt and request exploded view of nailer showing parts list- usually they are clear enough to figure assembly. best guess.guys at dewalt are pretty agressive these days and if you take parts in to repair shop- they will more than likely repair it on the spot for free. good luck

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