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When using nailer w/ compressor, nail goes in only 1/2''

Using staples with nailer for hardwood...with a compressor, when I use the nailer, the staple does not go into the the hardwood completely...goes in just about half an inch...could it be the compressor?

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  • wellons May 11, 2010

    I had a similar issue. On my nailer there is a dial that determines the depth to shoot the nail. If you have a dial, turn it or look at the manufacturer's website to determine if you have the ability to adjust the depth. If not, you may need to buy a nailgun that has depth control. It is very doubtful that you have a problem with the air pressure in the compressor.


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I worked at a tool rental center while attending college and had the opportunity to learn a great deal about nailers /staplers. At the tool rental center we had a large variety of staplers available to the customer depending of the job. Not knowing what specific brand or model I will give you some things to check. You could have a broken tip on the driver, to check try nailing into soft wood to see if staple is driven well into wood. If not open gun and check for broken or bent driver blade and replace as necessary. If staple is driven into soft wood ok, then check that the driver piston oring/split ring fits snugly in cylinder. If the piston fits too loose in cylinder you will loose power. If piston fits snuggly in cylinder, then time to check air supply. We would use a tee fitting with male fitting , pressure gauge and quick connect at the end of the hose to check that the air pressure at the end of the hose is at rated pressure. With tee fitting installed, you can fire the nailer and check that the pressure is actually the same as the reading at the pressure control. You may discover that the pressure is too low at the hose end. Sometimes the pressure regulator will not allow the recommended volume of air to flow thru to the gun. The gauge at the end of the hose will show that the pressure will be somewhat slow to recover. The pressure should be set to 120 at the compressor and maybe drop to no less than 100 at the hose end. If you suspect that the regulator is causing problem, you may temporarily remove it and use air directly out of the tank if your pressure switch shuts off the pump at 125psi. Good Luck, hope this helps enjoy.

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