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Nails won't set

I have a N88RH that won't set the nails. They are always out @ 3/8" from the surface of the wood

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  • cabinets615 Jan 17, 2009

    I have actually found out that the nail gun was suppose to come with two tips. This one did not, so I have ordered the framing tip.

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The Bostitch should have a one-touch depth-mechanism with seven settings. You should make the required adustment(s) to this mechanism to alter the nail depth.

Note: While it is at first glance easy to use, after switching the settings a number of times it may become apparent that the coarse settings lack the refinement necessary for smooth and detailed adjustment.

Posted on Jan 14, 2009

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