Question about Air Nailers

1 Answer

Bostitch T31 air leak thru small head hole

I had this rebuilt by a shop, then put a kit in it myself after it fired one brad and re-leaked. I only opened the head portion, not the handle section.

The leak is through the small hole in the head and only occurs when the trigger is not pulled, plus the gun does not fire. The plastic trigger does not appear bent and the gun has only seen light home use.

The new small O-ring seems to bind, unlike the old one and none of the old rings or seals seemed to be worn or leaking.

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 1,378 Answers

I have repaired hundreds of nailers, however not a t31. I can offer you a few tips on general nail gun repair pertaining to leaks. It is important to check each oring separately if you can to check for proper fit/contact. Do not just replace all orings and then hope for the best. Each oring must fit snugly not too tight not too loose. The surface where the oring contacts must not have fine scratches. Inspect all surfaces with magnify lens for scratches and remove with fine sandpaper. Check each oring for nicks Make sure that gaskets do not block small ports that direct air to headalve. Use silicone grease instead of oil on orings and metal/plastic parts. Lowes sells a small container of silicone grease in the plumbing department. It is used to lube faucet parts. Oil will wash away too fast and sometimes it will swell the orings causing gun to jamb. Finally do not use too much pressure on small nailguns. Try using 70 to 90 lbs. Good luck

Posted on Dec 02, 2008

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

I have already changed trigger valve assembly, O rings and all. Still leaks when I try to fire. Will not shoot brads just leaks lots of air around trigger assembly.

Most likely problem is the head valve orings not making perfect seal. Remove the head and pull out the headvalve piston. Apply plenty of white grease to orings and test fire. If gun fires, will need oring kit soon. Good luck

Aug 14, 2015 | Stanley Bostitch SB1850BN 18Gauge Brad...

1 Answer

Air leaking from trigger Bostitch SB1850BN

Most likely the orings or seals in the headvalve are not making perfect seal. Remove the head and pull out the headvalve. Apply plenty of white grease to orings and test again. If the gun fires, then will need oring kit soon, or just keep using plenty of grease. If the gun still does not fire, check that the safety foot is depressing the trigger valve all the way in. Good luck

Aug 13, 2015 | Stanley Bostitch SB1850BN 18Gauge Brad...

1 Answer

Air leaks through cap vent

I had the exact same problem after doing a complete rebuild. If you are using the Stanley bostitch rebuild kit, check to see if you accidently swapped o-rings 6 and 63. They look the same but o-ring #6 is 1.925x.103 and o-ring #63 is 1.862x.103. Use plenty of lubricant. Hope this helps.

Apr 07, 2014 | Stanley Bostitch Rn461 Gun Coil Roofing...

1 Answer

I put a new o ring rebuild kit in my Bostitch N80 sb framing nailer. I replaced every o-ring (including the trigger valve assembly

If the new trigger valve leaks air when you connect the air supply, most likely defective valve or air is leaking past outer trigger valve orings due to debris in the slot or new orings were cut when the valve was pushed in. If air leaks when you depress safety to fire gun then most likely problem is in the head valve or safety foot is not pushing the firing pin all the way in. Easy test, remove nails and remove the trigger to expose the firing pin. Connect air and very quickly depress the firing pin all the way in. If the gun fires, adjust the safety foot as needed. If the gun does not fire, remove the head and check headvalve orings for good snug fit against the cylinder within the head. The surface were orings make contact must be very smooth and not too deeply worn. If you notice fine scratches remove with fine sandpaper. Reinstall head using plenty of white grease on all the orings within the head and retest. Good luck

Feb 10, 2013 | Stanley Bostitch N80CB Coil Framing Nailer

1 Answer

Rn46 bostitch nailer leaks

This problem is caused by air leaking past orings in the head valve. Remove head and pull out the head valve. The metal surface on the head where oring makes contact should be smooth and oring should fit snugly. Of scratched or deep groove, or if oring is worn, the gun will not fire (sand with very fine paper or replace head). Also examine the headvalve where smaller oring makes contact. If small scratches are visible, remove with very fine paper or replace. To test if head valve is the problem, remove head and headvalve and apply plenty of white grease where orings make contact and replace head then test. If the gun fires, air was leaking past the orings. Good luck

Jan 29, 2013 | Air Nailers

1 Answer

Parts for Bostitch N80

Easy test, Remove the nails and remove the trigger retainer pin and trigger to expose the trigger valve (tva6 valve). With air connected and nails removed, quickly depress the trigger firing pin all the way in. Gun should fire (if gun fires, adjust safety foot to make better contact with tva6), if no joy air is leaking past orings in the head valve or head gasket vent hole and/or trigger valve. Remove head and check gasket around vent hold (small hole in the head gasket). If the gasket good remove head valve and examine surface where orings make contact for fine scratches. If scratched or worn, orings are not sealing. To check if orings are leaking, apply lots of white grease to orings in the head valve, replace the head and test fire. If the gun fires, sand contact areas with fine sandpaper and or use oversize orings or wind teflon tape under the external orings. The metal ring or washer that you are wondering about is sometimes used to space up the bumper to control depth of nail. Other nailers use a metal fitting under the bumper to help guide the driver and to seal the lower chamber helping to prevent too much air leaking past the driver. If too much air leaks past the driver, guide, the piston may not return to top. Good luck

Nov 17, 2012 | Air Nailers

1 Answer

I have a magnum air 33degree gun, i removed the head cap to replace blown gasket, when i put it back on the gun will not fire.

Check the alignment of the of the gasket in reference to the small hole on the sealing edge(gasket has four bolt holes and one vent hole). This small hole allows air to vent from the upper part of the head when you depress the trigger casuing the gun to fire. If the gasket seals the hole or if air is leaking past the orings in the head vale the gun will not fire. If you hear air leaking from trigger when you attempt to fire the gun, most likely orings are not sealing. Remove the headvalve and lube the orings. If no air leaks from trigger when your attempt to fire, vent hole blocked. Good luck with your repair.

Aug 27, 2012 | Magnum Air 8 10 Gauge Framing Nailer

1 Answer

I have a Bostitch N64C Siding Nailer. I have put a new trigger kit and o ring rebuild kit in it and still can't get it to fire. The plunger seems to just be floating about in the cylinder

Assuming no air leaks when you connect air to gun. Remove nails and remove roll pin holding trigger allowing access to pin of trigger valve. With very quick motion depress trigger pin all the way in. If the gun fires then most likely problem with safety and trigger not being pushed all the way up against valve pin. If the gun does not fire, most likely problem with headvalve orings not seating due to scratches where orings contact metal. Remove head and examing metal parts and sand with fine paper to remove scratches (400 grit to finish). Install headvalve into head with plenty of silicone paste lube and push headvalve down into head with thumbs. Cover venthole on sealing surface of head with finger and release thumb pressure. The headvalve should stay down in head with vacuum and release when you release finger on vent hole. If no vacuum then orings are not sealing and gun will not work correctly. Good holidays

Nov 21, 2010 | Stanley Bostitch Coil Framing Nailer

1 Answer

I have a Bostitch BT200 that is dry firing. It seems that the "hammer" is not retracting after it fires a nail. I have to push it back manually and even then it seems to dry fire a few times before a nail...

The check seal is what causes the piston to retract. Remove cylinder and examine check seal. It is a small band that covers a series of holes and should fit snuggly around cylinder. Other factors that have effect on piston retraction are, split/cracked cylinder, bent driver and lack of lubrication. This gun is tricky to rebuild. Make shure that all the parts in the head are placed correctly. The kit does contain all the parts that you need. Good luck

Sep 07, 2010 | Stanley Bostitch Bt200 Brad Nailer Rebuild...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Air Nailers Logo

Related Topics:

1,399 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Air Nailers Experts

John Trevino

Level 3 Expert

1378 Answers


Level 2 Expert

121 Answers

james allen
james allen

Level 2 Expert

109 Answers

Are you an Air Nailer Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides